William Rhea Edwards passed away in Shelbyville, Ky. on Monday, July 20, 2020. He was born on April 9, 1943, in Logan County, Ky. His parents, William and Floyd L. Gillock Edwards; his sister, Willette Edwards Higgins, and a grandson, Conner A. Edwards, preceded him in death.

His sons, Phillip R. Edwards (Robin) of Auburn, Ky. and Jeffrey P. Edwards (Keith Dean) of Frankfort, Ky.; one granddaughter; one grandson; four great-grandchildren; his sister, Ruth Edwards of Auburn, Ky., and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins survive him.
His companion, warden, sweetie, and best friend of more than 40 years, Betty Howard of Shelbyville, Ky., also survives him. Their love, dedication to one another and mutual respect for each other will forever be the benchmark for all that knew and loved them.

He graduated from Olmstead High School in 1961. After graduation, he was a route salesman for Colonial Bread, Ideal Milk, and the Coca-Cola Company. He was a vendor in Frankfort, Georgetown, and Shelby County, Ky. for over 35 years.

He was an avid reader. He especially enjoyed Louis L ’Amour westerns. He was excellent at woodworking. His attention to detail and vision was without parallel. He was a fan of all University of Kentucky sports and the Cincinnati Reds. He also enjoyed fishing and working outdoors, too.

He was not one to linger on the negative in his life. No matter what was in his way, he conquered, moved forward, forgave, smiled, and shared the love in his heart. He knew no other way.

Funeral Services for William “Billy Rhea” Edwards will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 23 at Summers & Son Funeral Home with Bro. Kenny Chyle officiating. Visitation at the funeral home will be held Thursday, July 23 from 11 a.m. until the service time of 1 p.m. Please observe the CDC guidelines of six feet social distancing and wearing of face coverings.

Honorary pallbearers are Marsha Taylor, Tanner Edwards, Amanda Edwards, Eric McKenzie, Michelle Higgins, and Joni Smock Davis.

Memorial donations may be made to the WHAS Crusade for Children, 520 W. Chestnut Street, Louisville, KY 40202.