Bruce Dale Edwards

Monday, July 1, 1963 - Sunday, May 27, 2018

A Full and Blessed Life

Photo of Bruce  Dale Edwards  - 1963-2018

Canton- Life may often be too short, so live your life to the fullest … every second of your life is a treasure. These words are fitting to describe the life of Bruce Dale Edwards, who departed this earthly life on Sunday May 27, 2018 and entered into a place of eternal peace and everlasting life.

In the summer season of July 1, 1963, Bill and Barbara McKinney Edwards were blessed with the birth of their son, Bruce who has brought into their lives a bounty of blessings each and every day. He never met a stranger and laughter and joy surrounded him wherever he went. He was indeed a jokester and nothing pleased him more than to bring a little happiness into the lives of those around him. Bruce had a kind and caring heart, often taking time to check on several elderly citizens that lived in the community and who simply adored him.  His life was constantly filled with adventure, frequently flying in small private airplanes, traveling internationally to places most people only dream about and he had no fear of trying any new endeavors. Bruce held a great interest in history and his historical knowledge was most amazing to everyone who knew him. Fly fishing and canoeing in his favorite rivers and streams, trips to the ocean and hours spent searching for arrowheads and Native American artifacts among the mountains were all happy memories throughout his life.  The time he spent with his family and just heading home to his “Bruce Lodge” with his dog,“ Buck” were  the times he cherished the most.  Bruce had been employed with IMOCO for several years and was also a master carpenter having been employed most recently with Clark and Leatherwood Inc. for almost 20 dedicated years.  Even as a little boy Bruce showed signs of his great imagination and his creative eye for building by constructing his own scooter, with a tomato crate, several used pieces of lumber and his sister’s roller skates -  he had already mastered the skill of using his daddy’s tools!   A man with a heart of gold, a man slow to anger and a man who never held a grudge, Bruce Dale Edwards will never be forgotten. A wonderful son and a loved brother, we give thanks for the 54 years we were blessed to have him in our lives.  Bruce was also a talented artist and one only has to look at his beautiful painting which is placed on a wall in the home of his parents to feel Bruce’s kind spirit, and the love within his heart.  His family titled it “The Clearing” a place of beauty, a place of serenity and a place of solace. Today we all have peace knowing that Bruce has found this special heavenly place.

Surviving are his parents, Bill Edwards and Barbara McKinney Edwards of Canton; his brothers and sisters,  Brenda Gaddis and her husband, Joe of Canton; Boyd Edwards and his wife, Susan of Canton , Beth Edwards and her husband, Jerry of Canton and Brad Edwards and his wife, Sherry of Leicester;  a loving companion, Nancy Crawford of Waynesville; several nieces and nephews and also Bruce’s Jack Russell dog, “Buck”  who has been his faithful best friend for 14 years.

A funeral service to celebrate Bruce’s life will be held at 2:00 pm Friday, June 1, 2018 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Reverend Clay Morgan and Reverend Jodi Hopkins will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home from 12:30 until 2:00 pm prior to the funeral service. Burial will be in Crawford / Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde.

Memorials may be made in Bruce’s memory to Sarge’s  Animal Rescue Foundation, 256 Industrial Park Drive, Waynesville NC 28786, St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Backpacks of Love Program, PO Box 947, Canton, NC 28716 or The Community Kitchen, PO Box 513, Canton, NC 28716.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Edwards family.   


Condolences from family and friends


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I am truly heartbroken to learn of Bruce's passing. He was a great friend to me when I needed one the most. I will miss his phone calls and joke telling. He always made me laugh. Bruce was blessed with a wonderful caring family and I'd be glad to do anything for you if needed. Unfortunately, I have prior plans to be in California on Friday or I would be at his service. Please know that I will be with you all in spirit. I will always remember his keen sense of humor and the sound of his voice. Peace to you all!
Kelley Duckett Mosser
Dear Friends, Although life has taken us far from Poplar Street, I remember each of you with love and friendship. I remember when Brucie was born and your family had reached the perfect number of seven. . . God has blessed you and all of us who have known your family. From my heart, I am sending you my sympathies and love. Each of you are dear to me. Deepest condolences, Sharon Byers Conner
Sharon B. Conner
My heart hurts for all of you. We aren't supposed to outlive our children, and it leaves a place in our hearts that can never be filled. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Juanita Dixon
I am very sorry for your loss. No words can help, only time and God will. Bless your family and may God hold you tight during this difficult time.
DJ Jackson
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.
Pisgah Class of 1975
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.
R.L. And Jane Burrell Shipman
I just heard today of Bruce passing, had very many cherished moments with Bruce way back! Those will be memories I will hold dear to me in his memory! I looked up to Bruce especially in my younger years! He was always so fun to be around he definitely brought laughter just being around him! I will miss him dearly! My deepest condolences to you all!! Love you all!! Josh Knox and Family
Josh knox
Barbara, Bill, Beth, Buck and All the Edwards, I am so very sad hearing about Bruce. You know Bruce and I have been buds since the day I moved back to Canton. He saw the moving mess, stopped out front and walked right in! I went with him to pick up Buck who was so small he rode back to town curled up under my chin and I have been his other mommy ever since (except if I should touch the truck!) While you will probably not not see me at the service, please know I will totally be there in spirit with all of you to honor Bruce. I know I would just cry all over everybody and is not good for anybody. I am more than happy to make a contribution to Sarge's in Bruce's memory and in honor of his best bud, Buck. Karen
Karen Hall
I went to high school with Bruce. He was such a nice fun guy. I am saddened to hear of his passing. My condolences to his family. Prayers
Cindy Kuykendall
My deepest condolences to your family. I know how much his family meant to Bruce. I cherish the good times and great laughs. Bruce was always special to me. I am blessed to have called him my friend.
Tracy J Sholar
Bruce had such a great sense of humor and he truly enjoyed having a good time wherever he went. I was blessed to know him all these years and he will truly be missed. Each of you are sincerely in my thoughts and prayers. May God wrap his loving arms and around you and comfort you as only he can. God bless you Dawn Hyatt
Dawn W Hyatt
Barbara, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. What special memories you have of a life filled with adventure, fun and lots of special talents. Sounds like he took after you and Bill! Many hugs to you both!
Karen and Rick Grogan
We are so sorry to hear of Bruce’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Larry and Lisa Frizzell
Bill & Barbara, I am so sorry for your loss. You both and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you both. Jackie
Jacqueline Edwards
I am heartbroken to hear of Bruce's passing. I've known him since elementary school and he has always been such a great person and friend. He was always the same whenever you saw him. Not many left like Bruce. One of those people you will never forget because he had such a good heart! He will be missed deeply! My prayers go out to the family as I thank you for raising and sharing such a wonderful person. God Bless.
Kathy Roper-Ammons
I am saddened to hear of Bruce’s passing and will always remember his sweet, gentle spirit. Praying for peace and comfort for his family.
Gina Kilpatrick
Barbara, Bill, and family, we are so sorry for your loss. We will have you in our thoughts and prayers.
Fred and Joy Brow
Barbara Ann, Bill and family, I just learned of Bruce’s passing. I was so shocked and am so very sorry to hear about this. I just cannot imagine losing a child and I know you have a hurt that will never go away. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time. I will be thinking of you and will give you a call next week. Love, Yvonne
Yvonne Bryson
Ms. Barbara and Mr. Bill I wanted to let you know that it broke my heart to hear of your loss. Bruce was a special friend to me. When I needed someone to tell my troubles too I could call him crying and before I got off the phone I was laughing he was such a dear heart. Oh my visits to Canton from South Carolina I always had to go to the Bruce Lodge to see Bruce and Buck. I think he had a sixth sense about those things because I would know sooner pull up in the driveway next door than he was calling me to tell me to come on over. We always had a good time... I loved him dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of the family… I know how much you loved him and I know he will be missed. Give Buck a kiss for me and I love you all
Terry Wiggins
My deepest sympathy
Dorothy Blackwell