She was born in Mound Bayou to the Late Thomas “Baby” Edwards and Lois Elizabeth Edwards. She was reared on the campus of Coahoma Junior College, now Coahoma Community College, Clarkdale, where she graduated from Sandy Bayou Elementary School and was the Star Student and Valedictorian of the Coahoma Agricultural High School Class of 1970. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peters, Minn., a Master’s degree from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, and her EDS and EDD degrees from the University of Kentucky.
She was inducted into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority via Iota Delta Omega Chapter in 1981, and later became a charter member of the Quad City Chapter Davenport, Iowa area. She later became a “Boule” member. She lived for several years in Davenport, where she was an Exceptional Teacher prior to her employment as an associate professor at Florida State University.
Dr. Edwards, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of the Education of Students with Exceptionalities (ESE), began her career at the Florida State University College of Education in 1989. While there she was the recipient of multiple awards and honors and was a member of several professional organizations.
Barbara was a devoted human being, who loved her parents and brother. She traveled numerous times to visit and share precious moments with her parents, and even during their failing health, she assured that they always had 24-hour care during her absence.
Dr. Edwards is survived by her brother, Marlon Edwards, and nephews Marlon Jr., and Marc Edwards of Memphis, Tenn., Uncle Isaiah, “Sonny” Edwards, and his wife Dorothy of Olympia Fields, Ill., other relatives and numerous friends.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at the Old West Florida Enrichment Center, 2344 Lake Bradford Road, Tallahassee, Fla.
Memorial Services and burial will be on Friday, February 15, 2013, at Oakridge Cemetery in Clarksdale under the direction of Stringer Redmon Funeral Home, 119 Martin Luther King Drive, Clarksdale, MS 38614.