Nov. 10, 1940 -- Sept. 7, 2020
Charles Richard Edgemon of Anton, TX died peacefully on Sept. 7, 2020, in a nursing home in Tyler, TX, at the age of 79. Charles was born in Wichita Falls, TX on Nov. 10, 1940, to Leroy and Ruby Edgemon.
He and his family lived in Tennessee for a while before moving back to Wichita Falls. He would find many of his life long friends playing football and other sports. After graduating from Wichita High School and capping off his senior year with a state championship in football, he continued his football career at Texas Tech University. It was here that he would find many friends and eventually the love of his life, Lyndell Mae Hopkins. After serving in the Air Force, they would marry, move to Anton, TX, and begin cotton farming. They would have celebrated 56 years together this past March. Whatever activity that his boys were in, he would be there to support and encourage. Lyndell and Charlie loved to travel. They especially loved their many sailboat trips to the Caribbean Islands with the Copelands. He served his community in many leadership roles, from the school board, to the Co-Op, but none more important than being a deacon at Central Baptist Church and First Baptist Church. Charlie taught RA's and was the chairman of the deacons many times, but it was teaching Sunday School that brought him the most joy. He would have the honor to teach each of his sons. He loved studying God's Word. He was always a true friend to each of the pastors that served during his time in Anton.
After 25 years of farming and raising children, he and Lyndell went into the Peace Corps and served in the Tonga Islands. Charlie worked with the prison ministry and taught men how to farn1. They then spent four years in Yolkov, Russia, where they worked with over 20 farmers and helped them create a Co-Op and experiment station. They will always cherish the many relationships and life long friends that they would make during that time. After their return to the states, Charlie finished his career by working at Makers before retiring to the farm near Anton where he would work in his garden, play with the boys (dogs- Seven and Ranger), serve in his church, and cheer on his grandchildren in all their activities, taking many pictures of them.
Charlie was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; his dear cousin, Betty Haskin; and brother-in-law, Dan Gurley.
He is survived by his brother, Roy Edgemon (Anna Marie); sisters-in-laws, Lavetta Gurley, Karmen Hopkins (Donna Gullette); his cousins Greg, Becky, and Laura Haskin; three sons, Lance Edgemon (Linda), Kyle Edgemon (Robin), and Trevor Edgemon (Tammy); eleven grandchildren: Kenny, Jake, Nathan (Jen), Luke (Cori Jo), Joel (Lincoln), Kay lee, Kaitlyn, Kyndal; and three great-grandsons: Asher, Levi, Logan; one more great-grandchild due in January; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins he loved.
The family of Charles Edgemon would like to thank the staff at BriarcliffNursing Home in Tyler and The Hospice of East Texas.
An outdoor family visitation will be held Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020 from 6 to 7:30p.m. at First Baptist Church in Anton, TX and a private memorial service will be held on Monday.
In lieu of flowers, if desired, memorials may be sent to the Charles Edgemon Scholarship for church camp, First Baptist Church, 401 Tgoe Ave, Anton, TX 79313.