Obituary: Eva “Lesa” Lee Edwards


Eva Lee “Lesa” Edwards, 65, of Holly Pond entered into the loving arms of her Heavenly Father Monday morning, Aug. 10, 2020. She was born in Dyersburg, Tennessee Oct. 13, 1954 to David Lee Stephens and Joan G. Gourley.

Lesa loved to draw and was also gifted in interior design. Everything she touched became beautiful. She loved animals and had a special adoration of horses and dogs. Lesa’s beloved companion, Baxter, passed away two weeks prior to her passing. Baxter was much more than a dog; he was her four-legged best friend. Lesa had a green thumb, as was seen in her horticulture skills, and she loved beautiful plants and flowers. Music was also an important part of Lesa’s life. She loved to sing, and Lesa made certain she never missed an opportunity to wish those she loved a Happy Birthday by singing “Happy Birthday” to them. Lesa never met a stranger and when she loved, she loved you big. She loved her family, whether you were blood related or not. Lesa was “Nana” to her grandbabies and absolutely adored each one of them. But most importantly, Lesa loved Jesus with all that she was. Even in the midst of sorrow, we find joy in knowing that she is at home with her Heavenly Father.

Lesa is preceded in death by her biological father David Lee Stephens.

She is survived by her husband Gary Edwards; mother Joan G. Gourley Martin; father Quinten “Buck” Martin and his wife Liz; step-mother Faye Rosser and her husband Paul; son Justin Edwards and his wife Kristal Dawn; daughters Alexandria “Allie” Barnett, Kristi Clapp and her husband Randal, and Kasey Hunt and her husband Nolan; grandchildren Carter Barnett, Kinslee Barnett, Rozlyn Clapp, Abran Clapp, Lila Clapp, Lincoln Edwards, Gannon Edwards, Collins Hunt, Maylee Hunt, and Turner Hunt; brothers Samuel Martin, Mike Stephens and his wife Patty, Tim Stephens and his wife Marley, Alan Stephens and his wife Shannon, Phil Stephens, and Steve Williams; sisters Yvonne “Sissy” Estes, Selena Childers, Amy Wood and her husband Matt, Angie Thomas and her husband Lamar, and Amanda Bain and her husband Ryan; mother-in-law Lila Edwards; brother-in-law Alan Edwards and his wife Donna; and a host of nieces, nephews, friends and extended family.

Redan Bapist Church and the Redan community held a special place in Lesa’s heart. It is her wish to be buried in the Redan Baptist Church Cemetery. Services will be held at Redan Baptist Church Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 at 2 p.m., with Brother Dewan Reese officiating. Lesa will lie in state an hour prior to services. Burial will follow in the adjoining cemetery. Mike Stephens, Tim Stephens, Alan Stephens, Phil Stephens, Alan Edwards, and Justin Edwards will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Samuel Martin, Carter Barnett, and Kinslee Barnett.  Friends may visit with the family Wednesday evening, Aug. 12, 2020 from 6-8 p.m. at Holly Pond Funeral Home.

Holly Pond Funeral Home is honored to serve the Edwards family.