Gwaltney Lee Edwards, Jr.
Gwaltney Lee Edwards, Jr. passed Tuesday, February 16, 2021. He was the son of the late Gwaltney L. Edwards, Sr. and Mary T. Edwards.
Lee, known as “Pop,” to all his grandchildren and great grandchildren, loved to spend time with his family and wife. He enjoyed being outdoors in his garden and loved to take the grandchildren riding on the four-wheeler. He was an active member of Bethany UMC and a lifetime honorary member of the Moonlight Hunt Club. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing, NASCAR and cooking on the grill. He served in the Army during the Vietnam conflict. Lee was also known as the Smithfield Genuine Ham Man of Smithfield Foods.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Anne J. Edwards and his children; G. Lee Edwards III (Shelley), Michael J. Edwards (Susan), and Laura E. Smith (Michael); grandchildren, Nicole Edwards (R.J), Maggie Forristall, Kayla Martin (Caleb), Sabrina Edwards, Madison Edwards, Xavier Smith and Aspen Smith; great grandchildren, William Shreves IV, Braden Edwards, Harley Edwards; brother, Wayne T. Edwards (Linda); sister, Joan E. Ragland (Gene) and aunt, Evelyn Munford.
A graveside service with military honors will be held at a late date. R.W Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory in Suffolk, VA is serving the family. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to be made to Bethany UMC, c/o Raymond Edwards, 13088 Mill Swamp Rd, Smithfield, VA 23430.Condolences may be registered online at rwbakerfh.com.