David Joseph Edmonds Sr

January 29, 1943 - September 28, 2016
David Joseph Edmonds Sr


David Joseph Edmonds Sr., of Rocky Point, NC, passed away peacefully at New Hanover Regional Medical Center on Wednesday, September 28, 2016.

He was born on January 29, 1943 to the late Robert Franklin Edmonds and Olga Dominica Valentine Edmonds in Pottsville, Pennsylvania.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Kathryn Ethel Opolsky Edmonds, eldest brother Robert Edward Edmonds Sr., and nephews: Leonard, Timothy and Thomas Edmonds.

He is survived by his children David Edmonds, Thomas Edmonds, Maryann Seiger and her husband Ray, Joseph Edmonds and his wife Kimberly, and youngest daughter Regina Edmonds Page; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; his brothers: Leonard Edmonds, Thomas Edmonds and his wife Karen.

He is also survived by his companion of the last 12 years, LaDonne M. Bland and her daughters Deanna LaNell Bland and Eleanor Styron and her husband Ben and their families.

Dave grew up in Mary-D Pennsylvania with his family, found his love and married Kate where they had five children together.  Later after working various jobs and in the coal mines, they moved their family to the South.  Eventually they found a home in the early 1980’s in Wilmington area and settled their family.  His home was always open to anyone in need; such as Joe, Chrisy and Shawn just to name a few.

A hard worker and a generous man, his trade in construction was passed on to his children and a gift to anyone he could help.  His kind and giving heart made for some endless and timeless days helping others.

He enjoyed a simple of day, fishing , hunting and cooking out.  His love and passion for racing was shared throughout the family and a die hard Mark Martin fan from the beginning to the end.

After the passing of his wife Kate, Dave later retired and opened his heart again to share his retired years with LaDonne Bland of Rocky Point, NC. She gifted his final years with all that she had.  She loved, cared and opened her home to his family.  The presence of her daughter Deanna who helped watch over him added to the presence of family in the home which Dave loved the most.  There he was surrounded by his love for nature, animals and all things he loved to tinker with.  He will be greatly missed every day.  He was not a man of many words, but a man to many.

To celebrate his life together, the family and LaDonne will receive family and friends on Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 2pm at the home of Sandra and Ray Burger located at 2650 Clarks Landing Road, Rocky Point, NC 28457.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the home of Joseph Edmonds at 317 Smallwood Court Wilmington NC 28411.  The money will be used to complete the final burial arrangements that will take place at a later date to be announced in Pennsylvania.

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  • June 22, 2022
    Zelda Foisy says:
    It’s hard to come by experienced people on this subject, however, you seem like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

  • October 01, 2016
    John and Brenda Krynock says:
    To the family of Dave, sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad,We have known Dave for years from back to the time he lived in Mary-D, Pa. He was a great man, and will be sadly missed

  • October 04, 2016
    Denise Bressler says:
    So sorry for the entire families loss! So glad we got to spend time with Dave and LaDonne. We are here if you need anything Maryann, Ray, Sadie, and Keith.

  • October 04, 2016
    Tom & Karen Edmonds says:
    That was all very beautifully written, we will all miss him very much. We are all heartbroken.

  • October 04, 2016
    Susan & Keith Benton says:
    So sorry for your loss. We know Dave will be missed by many.