Benjamin Edwards

July 15, 2010
Benjamin Edwards


Benjamin Dawson Edwards, 73 of Wilmington son of the late Benjamin and Miriam Edwards passed away Thursday, July 15, 2010 at the age of 73.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Mary Freeman Edwards, sons and their wives Benjamin (Carmen), Stephen (Beverly) and Jerry, stepdaughters Charlie Simmons (Robbie) and Echo Haynes (Chris), and stepson Kenneth Hooks. Ben is also survived by his seven grandchildren, Christopher, Galen, Logan, Nicholas, Andrew, Stevan, and Troy, his sister Rebekah Byerly and brother James Edwards.

Ben was born in Atlanta, Georgia on June 18, 1937. A talented artist, Ben hand carved and painted over 200 miniature circus wagons in his Pilot Brother’s Circus. These creations were exhibited at local senior citizen homes, libraries and museums.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, tonight at Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service. A funeral service will be 2:00 PM, Sunday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial designations be made to the Rehabilitation and Wellness Pavilion at The Davis Community, 1011 Porters Neck Road Wilmington NC, 28411.

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Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service, 1535 S 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • July 19, 2010
    Mike Miller says:
    Known Ben for many years. Will always cherish our train memories. Lost touch past few years, SORRY BEN! Gone to miss him greatly. He got me back into model railroading. His greatest passion. He was a great friend an work buddy. His miniature circus and family will be the best legacy any man could dream of. My deepest sympathy to Mary and the whole family. I know for certain that we never lose the people we befriend, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their friendship leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their ever lasting friendship.

  • July 19, 2010
    Michael Butash says:
    Mary & Family, I’m truly sorry for the loss of Ben, husband, father and grandfather. I’ve known Ben many years but we never had a chance to meet. Our common friendship was the circus and the Circus Model Builders. Ben loved to build and display his circus models. His favorites were parade wagons and cage wagons. Ben had hoped to make it to our annual convention this year in Sarasota, FL but he couldn’t because of a doctor’s appointment. I know he would have had a great time there meeting other model builders and showing off his pride & joy. He is now in the “Big Top in the Sky” talking circus and jackpotting old friends & circus greats.

  • July 20, 2010
    Randall C Davis says:
    Mary, my heart goes out to you. This year has not been kind to you. May you make it though all this with some of your dignity intact. Randall, Class of '59.

  • July 16, 2010
    Michael & Dee Dee Mincey says:
    Mary--May GODS love & grace be with you and your family during this time. Michael & Dee Dee Mincey

  • July 16, 2010
    Susan Woodard says:
    Stephen, Beverly, Christopher, Nicholas and family, We are sorry for your loss. You will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers and please know that we are here for you in whatever you may need in the days and weeks to come :) Love, Jimmy, Susan, Adam & Jessica Woodard