Sterling Jackson Edwards, Jr. ’48

Sterling Jackson Edwards, Jr, a retired Presbyterian minister, age 97, died at his residence in Auburn, AL on April 26, 2024. He was born August 31, 1926 in Tampa, FL to Sterling Jackson Edwards, Sr and Ruth Youmans Edwards. He was a graduate of Plant High School, Tampa, FL, 1944, Davidson College, 1948, Columbia Theological Seminary, Atlanta, GA, 1952, and received his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 1960. Dr. Edwards served pastorates in Barnwell, SC, Charleston, SC, Augusta, GA, Edisto Island, SC and Birmingham, AL. He served on the faculties of Mt. Vernon College, Washington, DC, and Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, AL, as well as the staffs of the Medical School UAB and Medical School USF.

During his retirement, he wrote three books, and was researching others. Dr. Edwards enjoyed traveling and visited numerous countries in Europe, South America, Central America and the Middle East.

He is survived by his sons, Robert Sterling Edwards of Tampa, FL, Davidson College Class of ’80, Lee Alexander Edwards of Cullman, AL, and his daughter Elizabeth Edwards Davis of Auburn, AL and his eight grandchildren. He is preceded by his wife Margaret McRae Edwards, his second wife, Delphine Vennett Edwards, and his son Martin McRae Edwards.

The funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at South Highland Presbyterian Church, 2035 Highland Ave., Birmingham, AL