Benjamin F. (Benny) Edwards Sr.

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A life well lived.
Funeral services for Benjamin F. Edwards Sr. (Benny), age 85, of Ada will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Trinity Baptist Church, Ada. Dr. Rusty Fuller and the Rev. David Gray will officiate. Interment will follow at the Konawa Cemetery.
Benjamin F. Edwards Sr. (Benny) passed away in the presence of his family on Father's Day, June 16, 2019.
He was born April 30, 1934, in Ada to T.P. Edwards and Paulyne (Cole) Edwards.
Benny married Sammy Jones on Jan. 14, 1954, in Konawa.
He enjoyed bass fishing on Lake Konawa and Lake Texoma, camping out with his Jayco Camping Club of Oklahoma City and raising his black Angus Cattle at his Konawa farms. Spending time with his family was always a priority, as was his Australian Shepherd dog, "Sam."
He is survived by his wife, Sammy of 65 years; son, Dr. Benjamin F. Edwards Jr. and wife, Rita, of Ada; daughter, Dee Bond and husband, Rick, of Moore; seven grandchildren, Dr. Trey Edwards and wife, Lindsey, of Ada, Clayton Edwards and wife, Jennifer, of Ada, Kayli Diamond and husband, Grant, of Frisco, Texas, Tommy Bond and wife, Erin, of Yukon, Britni Trimble and husband, Landon, of Noble, Brooklyn Bond Orth and husband, Jeriah, of Noble and Ryan Bond of Oklahoma City; seven great-grandchildren, Drew, Bryce and Finn Edwards, Rory and Judah Diamond, and Aria and Liam Bond; and a stepbrother, Roy Wisecarver, Bentonville, Arkansas.
Benny was preceded in death by his father, T.P. Edwards; his mother, Paulyne Wisecarver; grandmother, Bonnie Hallmark; brother, Jerry Edwards; sister, Sharon McWilliams; and a great-granddaughter, Anna Elaine Edwards.
Benny worked as a commercial pipefitter out of Union Local #344 in Oklahoma City. As a pipefitter in commercial construction, Benny thought everyone else was "a half a bubble off" according to his level, or he would say, "What's wrong with those peckerwoods?"
He loved the town of Ada and OU football, especially when Ada kids were playing for the Sooners. When returning from working in the oilfields of New Mexico and Montana in the dead of winter, he thought Ada looked so good to him.
Benny became a Christian at Oak Avenue Baptist Church as a youth.
In 1941, World War II sent his Navy family to Miami Beach, Florida, and New Orleans. While in Miami Beach, Benny climbed palm trees, ate coconuts, drank coconut milk and ate Cuban sandwiches. This is probably why his family was one of the few buying coconuts from the Piggly Wiggly grocery store in Konawa later in his adult life.
While in New Orleans, Benny and his brother, Jerry Don, lived their childhood much like Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. They swam in the Mississippi River with shrimp nibbling at their feet. They dodged quicksand and kept a good lookout for water moccasins and alligators.
When the Navy's hospital ships landed in the port of New Orleans, bringing wounded soldiers to catch the troop trains going farther inland, Benny would try to do his patriotic duty as a 10-year-old, running candy bars to the soldiers as they flipped him a nickel.
This love of running later showed up when Benny helped win track trophies for Glenwood Grade School while he attended there. Later at Ada High School, he ran track for Elvan George, who he greatly admired. Sometimes, though, Benny said maybe it wasn't the love of running as much as it was the benefit of getting outside and missing class for track meets.
Benny loved being outside and worked as a carhop and soda jerk for the Kit Kat Restaurant on Main Street in Ada. Of course his grandmother, Ma Edwards, was the manager, so he couldn't get by with too much.
Later, the city boy, Benny, met the country girl Sammy at the petrified wood tree by what is now East Central University. Their courtship and later marriage started his love of horses and cattle. They were married 65 years in January.
Benny and Sammy bought their first farm on Summers Chapel Road near Konawa while both in their 30s. Sammy started teaching at Konawa Schools in 1962, and Benny then went to trade school at Okmulgee State Tech, where he obtained his pipefitter's certificate. He spent the next 30 years working out of local pipefitters Union #344, Oklahoma City.
Benny worked all over Oklahoma, doing construction jobs at Fort Sill in Lawton, Baptist Hospital in Oklahoma City, Myriad Convention Center in Oklahoma City, the dormitories at ECU, along with the ECU Golden Dome, Carl Albert Hospital in Ada, the Lifestyle Center in Davis and doing refinery turnarounds in Wynnewood and Ardmore refineries. Through most of these projects, he tried to always drive home nightly to be close to his family.
Benny taught junior high boys Sunday school classes at First Baptist Church, Konawa, and assisted with Boy Scout troops there as well.
He leaves behind his Christian-based family as his greatest legacy, who he loved always as he loved God.
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Published on June 18, 2019
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