J. Frank "Jaybird" Edge


















J. Frank “Jaybird” Edge, 93, of Lufkin, passed away Sunday, January 14, 2018, at his residence.  
Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 19, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Rev. David Hunt, Rev. Ronald Evans, Rev. Jeffery Smith and Rev. Conlen Jones officiating.  Interment will follow at Folsom Chapel Cemetery in Center.  Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Mr. Edge was born December 6, 1924, in Center to Henry Edge and Mattie Lou Smith Edge.  He served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II.  He mentored all of his brothers and made sure they always had employment.  Mr. Edge retired from Pipefitter Local Union #211.  As a hobby, he enjoyed metal detecting and fishing.  Mr. Edge was a member of Eastview United Pentecostal Church in Lufkin.
He is survived by
Wife: Velma Edge of Lufkin
Daughter: Patricia Jones and husband, Glen, of Lufkin
Conlen Jones and wife, Jennifer
Monica Speed and husband, Rodger
Christy Riddick and husband, Danny
Naomi Evans and husband, Brandon
Great Grandchildren:
Linsie Jones
Ethan Jones
Noah Jones
Moriah Marks and husband, Kenneth
Sarah Whatley and husband, Cody
Nick Speed and wife, Cristina
Justin Speed
Matthew Edge
Parker Evans
Owen Evans
Nathan Riddick
Nichole Riddick
Mikele Riddick
Avery Riddick
Great Great Grandchildren:
Braygen Marks
Kaislee Marks
Jayden Whatley
Ryleigh Whatley
Christian Speed
Nichole Speed
James Edge and wife, LaNell, of Lake Jackson
Lyndon Edge and wife, Vicki, of Rogers, Arkansas
Paul Edge of Desert Hot Springs, California
Dale Edge of Crockett
Sister-in-law: Mary Edge Stacy of Angleton
Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives
Preceded in death by
Son: Rev. Michael J. Edge 
Daughter-in-law: Marilyn Edge
Sisters: Maxine Miller, Joyce Adams, Jackie Miller
Brother: Henry Wesley Edge
Pallbearers will be Travis Quinn, John Miller, Danny Edge, Keith Edge, Larry Edge and Steve Miller.  Honorary pallbearers will be Benny Bright, Roy Bright, Ted Bright, Randy Bright and Jack Quinn.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Folsom Chapel Cemetery Fund.
A special thanks to Heart to Heart Hospice, Veterans Association, Salvation Army Daycare and Texas Home Health for their compassionate care.  Also, a very special thanks to his special nephew, Benny Bright, for his care and assistance through the years.
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