West Plains, MO Location (417) 256-4141

Thayer, MO Location (417) 264-7242


William “Bub” Edwards, Jr. was born the son of William Harold Edwards, Sr. and Edna Ellen (Casey) Edwards on March 10, 1943 in Riverton, Missouri, and departed this life April 1, 2013 at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston, Missouri at the age of 70 years.

He was united in marriage on June 12, 1967 in Chicago, Illinois to Suzanne Williams.

He is survived by his wife, Suzanne Edwards of the home in Cabool, Missouri; one son, Michael William Edwards and wife, Miranda of Colcord, Oklahoma; one daughter, Elizabeth Coppinger and husband, Stephen of Edgar Springs, Missouri; five grandchildren, Jordyn Edwards, Jedidiah William Edwards, Eden Edwards, Hunter, and Conor William Coppinger; two sisters, Rita Fairfax and husband, Jim of Sedalia, Missouri and Sherry Edwards of Thayer, Missouri; nephew, Brad Jones of Sedalia, Missouri; niece, Hope Edwards of Platte City, Missouri; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Edna Edwards.

Bub was a 1961 graduate of Thayer High School; a graduate from College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri, and attended Drury University in Springfield, Missouri.

He was a Veteran of the United States Army, serving in Vietnam in the 406th Mobile Lab Unit.

Bub was an OSP Engineer for various telephone companies and corporations for several years.

He enjoyed restoring old cars, was a member of the Southern Cruiser’s Car Club, and won major awards with his collection. Bub was President and CEO of Ol’ Buzzard Hot Rod Shop in Cabool.

He was of the Baptist faith and will be remembered as a deeply devoted husband, father, PawPaw, brother, and loyal friend. He will truly be missed by all.

Funeral services for Mr. Edwards will be Friday, April 5, 2013 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with Brother Edward Casey officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home in Thayer, Thursday evening, April 4, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.

Burial will be in the Thayer Cemetery in Thayer with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.



  1. Pat and Gene Hatman
    April 2, 2013 @ 8:42 pm

    So sorry to hear about Bubby. Our prayers are with you all!

  2. Pam LeBrun
    April 3, 2013 @ 12:48 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about ‘Bub’ passing away. My memories of Bub will always be great! He was a great person to work with; he always had a smile on his face! He will be greatly missed. Go rest high on that mountain ‘Bub’!

  3. Joyce Grochowski
    April 3, 2013 @ 3:01 pm

    Dear Sue, Elizabeth and Mike:

    Sue, please know that you and the kids are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sad that Bub is gone. The first thing Keith said when he heard about it was that Bub was the nicest guy. I know he was such a gentle and kind man and was always joking and smiling. I also know that he was a good husband and father. The good leave us too soon. I really wish I could be there to pay my respects and to give you a hug. I pray that Angels surround all of you to get you through this very difficult time in your lives. I love you all, Joyce Grochowski

  4. William T. Casey (Bill)
    April 3, 2013 @ 8:01 pm

    Sorry to hear about you lost of William “Bud” Edwards I was a basketball team members.
    My prayers are with you!

  5. Doris Johnson
    April 4, 2013 @ 1:52 pm

    Sue and family, my sympathy is extended to all. I know how badly it hurts to lose the one you love. My prayer for you is that you will feel God’s comfort and peace that is extended to you through those that care!

  6. Wanda Hardman
    April 4, 2013 @ 8:22 pm

    This is a sad time for all the Telephone employees. I worked with Bub for several years in West Plains Mo. he was always kind and good to me. I know he loved his family a lot. I just pray for his family that he left behind, and may they always hold him in their heart.

  7. Janie Reynolds King
    April 5, 2013 @ 12:17 am

    Dear Family,
    We are saddened to hear of your loss of Bub. My mother, Betty Reynolds, thought the world of him. She worked with him at the telephone company for many years. Unfortunately we lost her this past August. She often spoke of Bub and how wonderful he was to work with. She enjoyed her telephone boys. May God bless you in the days ahead.

  8. Linda Barton
    April 5, 2013 @ 11:35 am

    Shocked and so sad to hear of Bub’s passing. Sue, you had a winner, friend, loving husband, and a friend to all. My heart hurts for you during this time and coming dsys.
    I pray God eill take you in his arms and hold and guide you. ….Barton

  9. Jo Ann Reynolds Roberts
    April 5, 2013 @ 1:58 pm

    My deepest sympathy to all the family. Words, however kind, can not ease your heartache… but those who care and share your loss, wish you comfort and peace. I was able to work with Bub and enjoyed his humor as well as his warm gentle smiles. My mom Betty Reynolds also worked with him and she spoke highly of “Bub” so many times. The Reynolds family extends deepest sympathy, prayers, and love.