George Dungan Edwards, IV

Born in Philadelphia, PA on June 27, 1937

Departed on December 29, 2016 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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George Dungan Edwards, IV, passed away peacefully on December 29, 2016, with his family by his side. Born on June 27, 1937 to George D. Edwards III and Dorothy Stewart Edwards, George grew up on the family farm in Feasterville, Pennsylvania.

He enjoyed spending time outdoors and lovingly teasing his little sisters, Elva and Dottie. As he grew up, he developed several life-long interests: football, fishing, and playing steel guitar. At the age of 12, he started playing steel guitar and as an adult had the chance to live his dream as a professional musician. In his early career, he played in house bands in New Jersey and New York and backed up such country legends as Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, Porter Waggoner, George Jones, Wanda Jackson, Patsy Cline, and Willie Nelson. His talent led him to opportunities to travel with Faron Young, Hank Williams, Jr., and with Kitty Wells for 25 years. Not limited to live performances, he had the good fortune to record with the Manhattan Transfer, Rosemary Clooney, Vic Damone, Fabian, and Frankie Avalon. He shared his knowledge by teaching several students and was always happy to sit and talk with other steel guitar players and share stories. But, as much as he loved playing music, his true love was his family. He met the love of his life, Sallie, when she dated one of his friends. Being a smart man, he asked her out as soon as she broke up with his friend and a year later they were married. In the 58 years they were married, they raised three children and were blessed with seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren who brought him joy: his face would light up whenever Tanner, Kailyn, or Cooper were in his sight. George was preceded in death by his parents, George and Dorothy Edwards, and he will be greatly missed by his wife, Sallie; his children Sherie Edwards (Jeff Dill), Lori Edwards Smith (Mike), George Edwards, V (Amy), seven grandchildren (Andrew Gooch, Sarah Gooch, Victoria Cundiff (Matt), Rachel Reese (Doc), and Blake, Brooke, and Braden Edwards), three great-grandchildren, his sisters Elva Edwards and Dottie (Tony) Thompson, and many cousins.

Visitation will be held on January 3 from 11-1 at Hendersonville Funeral Home, with the funeral service beginning at 1. Pallbearers are grandsons and sons-in-law. In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to the Opry Trust Fund, One Gaylord Drive, Nashville, Tennessee 37214.

12 Comments to George Dungan Edwards, IV

  1. Marilyn Clanton
    December 30, 2016 4:55 pm

    Lori, I am so sorry for your loss. I know that you are going to miss him every day. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Love you,

  2. Kelley Crawford
    January 1, 2017 9:01 pm

    So sorry for your loss.. George was a wonderful man… we first met George while he was playing with Kitty Wells… over the years we grew to love him..

    Les and Shirley Linzey
    Kelley Crawford

  3. Kathy White
    January 3, 2017 12:24 pm

    I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. Your family is my prayers today.
    Kathy White

  4. Anne Pontius
    January 3, 2017 5:22 pm

    Dear Sherie,
    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. The video is beautiful and shows how much he loved life and his family. I wish I had met him. My heart and prayers go out to your family and you at this difficult time.
    With my deepest sympathy, Anne Pontius

  5. Doris & Lucky Kaczor
    January 4, 2017 5:16 pm

    Sallie and Family,

    We are so sorry to learn of George’s passing. What a wonderful man! We first met George in 1963 at the Frontier Room in the White Horse Bowling Alley in Trenton, NJ. When you all moved to Nashville we followed George’s career and was able to see him several times when Kitty and her band played at Sunset Park in PA. We are thankful for the couple of times we visited Nashville and you had us over to your home. He will be sorely missed! What a beautiful tribute the video is. You and the family are in our prayers…….Doris & Lucky Kaczor, Trenton, NJ.

  6. Toni and Donnie Backhurst
    January 5, 2017 6:45 am

    Sallie, so sorry to hear of George’s passing. Love to you and all your family. Beautiful video of a beautiful life.

    Tonight and Donnie Backhurst

  7. William Townsend
    January 5, 2017 1:36 pm

    So sad that a talented person like George is gone. I was Born in West Chester PA and George
    was a local idol to many in the Philadelphia area. He had shared his talent and taught lesson with some performers I
    knew and played music. I am sure he will he will be in the thoughts and hearts of all musicians
    who admired him and saw him perform.

    Bill Townsend,
    Hamburg PA

  8. Jack Dougherty
    January 6, 2017 10:29 am

    George was a great influence to my guitar playing…It was a pleasure to know him..
    My prayers go out to the family. He will be missed and remembered.
    Thanks George for getting me on the right musical track.

  9. Michael Costerisan
    January 6, 2017 1:46 pm

    My fondest wishes for all of the Edwards family. I am very sorry to hear of your loss. Elva was the lifelong partner to my now deceased sister Kris. She spoke with great pride of George and I know he will be missed by many even beyond the family.

  10. Dick Rich
    January 6, 2017 10:04 pm

    I think you know how I feel from our conversation. Thanks again for calling.. May God bless you & family!!
    Dick Rich

  11. joan marcotte
    January 7, 2017 7:01 pm

    To the George Edwards family.
    I am so sorry for your loss.
    I never met his wife and kids but know his two sisters Dottie and Elva
    I know he loved his sisters and they loved him.

  12. Marlene Gerundo
    January 11, 2017 7:48 am

    I am a friend Of Elva and I am so sorry for the passing of it shows a wonderful fun man. Your family is so very beautiful, and that was the most loving tribute anyone could ever do. It was so very touching. I am so sorry for your loss as I know it is a great one.

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