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Shots of His Life and Family
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His dear wife, Judith
With his daughter-in-law, Jackie
Sons: Jonathan, Adam, Donovan
With granddaughter, Pennykat
His canine family
His canine family
Judith and Donnie,1980, Jamaica
With Donovan and Jonathan
Brother: Desmond (Bahamas)
Brother: Garth (Chicago)
Brother: Barry (Florida)
Their wedding day, June 1977
Donnie in 2011
PhD graduation 2000
The Edward's brothers
Don on the beach
Don at his birthday party
Life of Winston Donovan Edwards in Words
Above photo: Releasing of neatly
fifty blue and white balloons by the family
to celebrate the colorful and exiting life of
Winston Donovan Edwards.
This was done of the at the Daily Factory campus,
Charlotte, North Carolina, where the family and
gathered after the memorial service to fellowship
and celebrate the life and Don Edwards .
Winston Donovan Edwards, affectionately known
as "Donnie," died on Sunday night, February 7, 2016,
at 11:55 p.m. in the Carolina Medical Center
Hospital, in Charlotte, North Carolina, of a massive
hemorrhagic stroke. He was 67 (born August 22,
He leaves behind a rich legacy for his loved ones:
Judith, his dear wife for more than 38 years; his
three wonderful sons: Donovan, Jonathan, and Adam;
one daughter-in-law and one grandchild: Jackie
(Jonathan’s spouse) and Pennykat (granddaughter);
also his brothers: Desmond (Nassau, The Bahamas),
Garth (Chicago, Illinois), and Barry (Cape Coral,
Florida); one sister: Marlene Walter (Miami,
Donnie was born in The Bahamas to missionary
parents. His father, Pastor Cebert Edwards, wrote
the former school song for West Indies College.
More than twenty years ago, Donnie was diagnosed
with Myasthenia gravis, a chronic autoimmune
neuromuscular disease characterized by varying
degrees of weakness of the skeletal (voluntary)
muscles of the body. But that did not slow him
down. Many would not know the challenges he faced
because he had an internal drive and fortitude that
kept him going and going. He was like an “Eveready
Donnie's dear friend
Donnie enjoyed music, especially singing. He
loved singing with his brothers. You can watch
them by clicking on this link "Somewhere
Listening" During his early years he
also enjoyed singing with the Heralds Quartet in
Jamaica and at Andrews University, Michigan. They created two albums in the early
70s entitled "The Milky White Way"
and "Something Within Me." (See
photo below). The members were Donovan
Edwards, Garth Edwards, Oswald (Oz) Rugless, and Carlyle Simmons.
Donnie also loved animals,
especially dogs and especially his three-year-old
Over the past five years, he had four major strokes
and eight mini strokes. He is one of God's
miracles. He was resilient. The family always said
he had nine lives. A few months after his first
stroke, he preached with an oxygen tank on his back.
Donnie was caring, loving, and had a get-up-and-go
that was remarkable.
He served as a pastor in Kingston, Jamaica after
completing college with a BA in Religion in 1969
from West Indies College.
After graduation, he served the Church as a pastor
in the East Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day
Adventists until 1971 when he opted for higher
education in the United States of America. He joined
the work–study program at Andrews University,
1971 remaining there until 1976. That same year he
returned to Jamaica to join the staff at his alma
mater, NCU, functioning as the Associate Dean of
Men, and moving into ascendancy as the Dean in
January 1978. He remained in this position until the
end of 1981
He moved with his family to
Florida in 1981 where he pastored several churches
for more than ten
The Heralds Quartet
The quarter with Donnie and
Carlyle Simmons and Oswald (Oz) Rugless
Recorded in Michigan in 1973
The Milky White Way
Something Within Me
listen to the album
years. Then in 1991, he and his
family moved to Andrews University where he studied
for and completed the Ph.D.
in Counseling Psychology. In 2000, he moved to the
Arizona Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in
Scottsdale, where he served as an assistant to the
president for African American Ministries. He also
served as a church pastor until his retirement in
Donnie will be greatly missed. But he will
forever live in our hearts.
What Family and Friends Think About Him
tribute/condolences added March 6, 2016
Condolences & Tributes
This is a
poem he presented at the memorial in honor of his father
I met a man in the park today, whose hair was long and paling grey.
His eyes though brown had paling scenes, its color washed by
mountain streams. Ahead he stared as if in time, reciting whispers
of a rhyme. She’s gone, he'd say, my love is gone...there is no
light, birds have no song. She left for what I could not do. She
left for what we knew was true. So strange I thought this old man's
verse. Recited as if, it were a curse. She's gone the words echo
with depressing tone. Though she was mine, she's not my own. She
left me in this sea of shells. And though I’m here, my hearts in
hell. I feel her still, this shadow's hand, as long left footsteps
in the sand. She's gone, she is, my love is gone. There is no reason
to go on.
beside this ailing man. Who had none left to hold his hand. Twas
strange I understood his verse, but my heart's relation made it
worse. His words flowed on, as if on streams. Washing worlds and
leaving dreams. She's gone, my angel's light has passed. She left
for what I could not ask. Her embers glow with dying flame. She's
gone, my love who has no name. T'was deep this pain shown in his
eyes. But t'was not him, but I who cried. He's gone, the words now
slipped from me. I cannot feel, I cannot see. For with him left my
stead fast will, but though he's gone, he's with me still. He's in
the wind and in my dreams. He's everywhere for me it seems. He's
gone, I realized today... He left for what, I can not say.
the old man raised his head, a mirrored glimpse of things long dead.
His eyes now void and black as night, lacking feeling but holding
sight. She's gone he whispered so deathly cold, she ne're was here
my arms to fold. She left, for I was far too vile, though she did
love me for a while. She loved me for my dangers passed, but twas
the danger that made her glass.
I felt for
him, this aging man, but can I comfort what I am? He's gone, alas my
Father's gone, but tis the reason to go on. For in my dreams he's
with me still, tending goats on distant hills. There on isles of
crystal pools, I see him still, when evening cools. But ah....alas
this man is lost, for he has no dreams to quell his loss. And so sit
I, at this man's side, reminiscing verse in rhyme. I tell him dreams
for he has none, of glistening waters and setting suns. Of lovers
gone, and lovers here, of tales that bring a man to tears. He may be
gone, but dreams remain, and loving is what keeps us sane.
he is, my Dad is gone. but through my life he still lives on
Coming soon LISTEN
to Donnie sharing at his father's memorial. He sings at the end.
and Leonette Edwards,
Nassau, The Bahamas:
My brother, W. Don Edwards, PhD, has passed. He was a tower of
strength for our family, the moral compass for myself and my
brothers, Barry and Garth. He followed in my father's footsteps,
becoming a dedicated pastor, mentor, academic and counseling
psychologist. His loss hurts deeply, but his memory lives on in my
heart, and will forever remain there closeted in the deepest
recesses on my consciousness. He would say, "do not grieve for me,
reflect on your transient time here, discover your purpose, live
your life peacefully and look forward to the Great Hope of Reunion".
My brother's heart was right and he is "Somewhere
listening for his name".
and Karleen Edwards and
Family, Cape Coral, Florida, USA: When our
sibling/uncle died, our world changed in the absence of his
heartbeat. We now have a place in our family that is void and cannot
be filled. There will be no more telephone calls wishing each other
happy birthdays, or sharing life’s events telling of the birth of a
new nephew or grand babies. Our parents Cebert and Amiee, raised us
to be bonded and to complement each other, but yet different in our
characteristics and talents. We had the ability to balance our love
for each other while sharing similar interests; the family quartets,
choirs, electronics and cars. But now, all future family occasions
are forever changed. Your voice on the phone is silenced, and your
place at the Edwards Family table is empty. But I promise Donnie, we
will think about you, and talk about you, for those we love can
never be more than a thought apart, for as long as there is memory,
you’ll live in all our hearts. But for now, we await the
resurrection, my brother, father, husband. We will all miss
you. See family
Brother: Garth and Odile Edwards,
Chicago, Illinois, USA
hard to say into words what my heart feels, and my mind, and
speaks to my broken heart for my dear brother....
You're still here in my heart and mind,
making me laugh cause your stories live on.
hold you in thought and I can feel you.
feel you and this gives me strength and courage.
tears I have cried for you could flood the earth
know you have wiped each one away.
you brother, I promise you this,
will go on with my life and make you proud.
will always hold you in my heart.
promise you I will be missing you everyday till the end of
this is not my end and I can't hold my head underwater...I
need to breathe.
need to love and miss you, but I also need to live because
through me you will live,
will still laugh and love,
will still sing and preach,
will still motivate and touch lives,
will forever be in our lives,
will forever be a brother, a son, an uncle, and friend.
listen to your melodious voice singing and get filled with
going to miss your shining spirit.
at the end of the day I am one day closer to you.
are resting now, with Mom and Dad, until we all meet again.
Marlene Walter, Miami, Florida, USA: I will miss my
brother. He was really like a father to me. He was
nurturing, kind , thoughtful, understanding.
Barrington & Annick Brennen
Brother-in-law: My dearest brother-in-law
"Donnie" has a special place in my heart. I met him when
he met my sister, Judith, on the campus of West Indies College,
Mandeville, Jamaica. Annick and I spent many hours in their
homes in Jamaica and Florida. Our families also spent time together
at Andrews University, Michigan, where we both studied counseling
psychology. He will long be remembered. Sister and sons,
accept our condolences on the passing of your dear husband and
Marie Albury, Sister-in-law, Freeport, Grand Bahamas, The Bahamas:
“Why should I worry? Why should I fret? I know my Jesus, has
never failed me yet! Though I’m discouraged, sometimes lonely, yet
I know I have a friend. He walks beside me. He holds my hand.” A
melodious tenor voice rendering this song echoed through the Chapel
of West Indies College one Friday night vesper service. Playing and
singing at the piano was the new Dean of Men, Pastor Winston Donovan
Edwards. The lyrics resonated within my soul and following the
service that evening I introduced myself to Pastor Edwards and
through our conversing learned that he wrote the song.
encounter about forty years ago was the beginning of a committed and
faithful friendship. After marrying my beautiful sister Judith, he
endeared himself to me as a bigger brother and became my
confidant. Though we have been separated by hundreds of miles for
many years, a telephone conversation with him, would feel as if he
is sitting in the same room with you. His candidness entwined with
pleasantness and laughter penetrated the distance as we talked.
with Donnie in Carolina at his son's home, on
her birthday, January 1, 2016.
precious are the moments we shared over the last ten years. His
unwavering support speaks volumes in the chronicles of my journey
through my grief. Don wanted me to smile and laugh again, and he
never gave up until he guided and helped me find joy again within my
heart. Don not only supported me but also in a special way my
three sons, Keith, Alden and Brendon after the loss of their
father. In spite of his personal health challenges through these
years he persisted with his encouragement and optimism!
I am so happy
I recently fulfilled a promise made more than two years ago to visit
with him. When we talked he would ask; “When I am going to see you
again?” or he would ask Judith, “When is Pinky coming?” To Don I
was “Pinky!” On January 1, 2016, I celebrated my birthday with
Don, Judith, Jonathon, Jackie and Penny. My heart is deeply
saddened in losing my brother-in-law, confidant and faithful
friend. Yet, sweet memories of our love and friendship are mine.
“The best and
most beautiful things in the world, cannot be seen or even touched,
they must be felt by the heart.” --Helen Keller
Rahming and Family, Niece, Nassau, The Bahamas:
I was three years old my grandmother would
pack us up and travel every summer to visit my uncle and aunt and
cousins where ever they was living at that time. My uncle treated
me like a daughter than a niece. I will always remember how he was
there through my rough teenage years and taught me how to cope
always remember to love myself. I am glad we spent that time together
in Washington at my cousin's wedding. I am glad I got that time.
The ocean might kept us apart but he was always in my heart. Until we meet
and Katura Bryan and Family, Niece, Nassau, The Bahamas:
We are saddened by the passing of our dear uncle/grand uncle.
Aunt Judith, accept our condolences on behalf of Keith Sr., Keith
Jr., Dauntes, and Ava. I remember many summer
travelling with Grammy to go to Miami, Florida, to spend almost,
what seem like the whole summer with you all. Uncle
Donnie was so welcoming. He loved to buy the latest gadgets
and show us how to use them when we come for visits.
He loved music and will always play the piano and sing with and for
us. Uncle Donnie was always down-to-earth and always wanting
to know how is life with us and how we are doing in school and our
social lives. He believed heavily in education and wanted to
encourage us to make sure we know what we wanted to accomplish as a
I remember one summer we went there and he owned a Beetle
Volkswagen. He dressed in black with leather jacket and
black gloves and went joy riding. Everyone had a ball laughing
how he was enjoying himself.
I will forever miss those summers, he always welcomed us with open
arms. He didn't have no daughters so he said we were his daughters
(my sisters and I) We will always miss Uncle Don.
Till the resurrection day when God bursts through the skies, we will
see you again. Uncle Donnie, along with Uncle Keith Albury, Grammy
and Pappy. You all are missed greatly.
My heart is heavy at the passing of my Uncle Donnie. My thoughts and
prayers are with my cousins, Aunt, Dad, Uncle Barry and Uncle
Desmond who are grieving deeply. Lifting everyone up in prayer!
Berrien Springs, Michigan, USA:
Some of my fondest memories of Uncle Donnie began in their home in
Berrien Springs, Michigan. Our families were at Andrews University
together for a while and that gave me the chance to get to know
uncle Donnie, aunt Judith, Donnie, Jonathan and Adam. I spent my
days in their home just hanging out, one of my pass times during the
summers especially. Music was a big part of Uncle Donnie's life and
flowed down into the lives of his children. His beautiful tenor
countertenor voice was so sweet to hear every so often. I enjoyed
the time we shared together "crackin jokes", or having worship, or
eating. When they moved to Arizona, they so generously invited me to
spend Christmas with them two years in a row. It was then that,
uncle Donnie, told me I was like the daughter he never had, and that
his home was always open to me. Looking back, I know I have been
blessed to have him in my life, and for the times that we shared.
The music that he made in this life will continue to play on in the
hearts and lives of those who cherish him most. My heart is with my
grieving aunt Judith, along with her 3 songs, Adam, Jonathan and
Brennen, Nephew, Ogallalah, Nebraska, USA:
I'll always cherish uncle Donnie. I remember he impressed me with
his physical strength, but I was much more impressed with his
positive and optimistic way of life regardless of his medical
conditions. If he did not tell you what he was going through, you
would not know. He was truly am inspiration to me, to always have a
positive outlook, regardless of adversity. Most importantly, uncle
Donnie was also a husband, father, counselor, and spiritual leader.
He touched the hearts of loved ones and those that looked to him for
mentorship. I know he will be missed tremendously.
Roach and Family: Judith
and family, accept our condolences. Our prayers are with you.
Condolences & Tributes
Peter and Mrs. Joanne Campbell, Pennsylvania, USA: Donne
was special to Peter and me. He was family and after I was inducted
into the "future family member club" by Desmond in 1965, I was
treated royally. Donnie was always such a positive and dynamic
force. If he was in a room, it lit up as if someone turned the
floodlights on. Distance and the 24/7 business of both Peter &
Donnie being pastors, kept them in different places most times, but
when they met, it was as if it were yesterday. Our last personal
encounter was at Melissa's wedding, but he was always on our minds &
in our hearts. Donnie took our son, Andre, under his wings at
Andrews University and was a mentor & role model to him. Our lives
were all made richer for having rubbed shoulders with Donnie.
Judith, we love you and pray with you that eternity will soon begin.
Orlando and Maureen Moncrieffe (Pugsley and Dolly)
Bergenfield, New Jersey, USA: Judith, it was with deep
sadness that Dolly and I heard of the passing of Donnie. He knew
that he had a very special place in our hearts. As members of the
original Heralds Quartette formed in 1966 to sing for H. M. S.
Richards, Jr., Donnie and I became more than just close friends; we
were more like brothers.
A sweet and gentle soul has passed on, and the world is the poorer
for it. The most beautiful crooning voice one could ever hear is now
silent. Even now, half a century later, I can still hear Donnie
singing in the cantata The Seven Last Words of Christ, the final
words of the Master, “Father, into Thy hands do I commend My
spirit.” It was something that those of us who were privileged to
hear it will never forget. Donnie has now commended his spirit into
the hands of his Father, who one day will restore him to life and to
Judith, the Lord who has sustained and strengthened you during the
health challenges Donnie faced in recent years will keep you in His
arms of love, comforting you and assuring you of His abiding
presence. Dolly and I, and all those who were privileged to have
Donnie as a friend, share with you, at our own level, the loss of
this loving, caring child of God. We pray that the Lord upholds you
and grants you everything you need to enable you to rest in the
peace-giving assurance that He will roll away your feeling of loss.
In this regard, I hope you find comforting assurance in these words
from of a favorite song of the Heralds Quartette, with Donnie
singing the lead as only he could:
should feel so sad,
Why does my soul feel glad?
Why does my heart feel so happy and gay?
Though around me burdens fall,
Yet I’m not worried at all,
For if I pray, King Jesus will roll my burdens away.
Adventist World Radio, VP for Finance:
Kent and I served with Pastor Edwards in Arizona Conference for five
years before our move to Maryland. He was a wonderful, dynamic
person we were privileged to know. His smile was infectious and his
dedication and kindness never forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers
are with his wonderful family.
Orville and Jean Parchment Washington DC, USA: I am
so sorry to hear of the passing of Donnie. He was a great friend and
partner in ministry when we worked in Arizona. He was a tremendous
asset to the team. Jean and I send our deepest condolences.
The passing of precious ones in the family is traumatic and
difficult. What a blessing that in the near future, when Jesus
returns, He will wipe away all death and tears and in the
intervening time the Holy Spirit will bring you the comfort that is
much needed. May Philippians 4:7 be a comfort to you and each of
the family: "And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
May our Lord provide you with comfort,
courage, and hope for the future as you and your loved ones reflect
and celebrate the life of Donnie. Love.
Sir Patrick and Lady Allen Kingston, Jamaica: We
regret the passing of Pastor Edwards. We fondly remember the good
times we shared at Andrews University. We pray that the Lord will
comfort the family as you go through this difficult time. We will
pray for you and family. His Excellency, the Governor General Sir
Patrick joins me in remembering Pastor Don as an outstanding
Christian who loved his God and his family and his church.
Although we have not been in contact since leaving Andrews we
have never forgotten him and family as they impacted our lives. We
look forward to the day when we will meet again. When suffering
would have ended and we rise never to part again. Until then, we
continue to fight the good fight to see our brother again.
Paul and Mrs. Joan Scavella: President, South Bahamas
Conference: On behalf of the conference, my family, and myself
accept our sincere condolences on the passing of Donnie. Our
continued prayers are with the family.
Willie and Elaine Oliver Washington DC, USA:
Our prayers are ascending on behalf of Judy and the rest of the
Pastor Leonard Johnson:
Judith and family accept my condolences. I knew Donnie
personally as he was my dean and I was head resident advisor
essentially assistant dean. My prayer goes out to the family
Pedrito Maynard-Reid and Family, Walla Walla, Washington,
USA: Accept my deepest condolences on the passing of my
friend a colleague.
Dr. Thomas Coker:
so sorry his death. We look forward to the second coming as he
sleeps in Jesus
Ferguson, Alumni Services, Andrews University, Michigan:
My condolences to you and your family for the loss of Dr.
Condolences & Tributes
Philis G Palmer, Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA: My
condolence to the Edwards family. My memory went back when
his dad was pastoring, during my youth days, Shortwood
Seventh-day Adventist Church in Kingston Jamaica, the church
on a whole enjoyed the Edwards brothers and their mother. I
also remembered while he was a ministerial student at West
Indies College (Northern Caribbean University). He
preached his first sermon at Shortwood. We look
forward to the great getting up morning when we will meet
face to face with our Saviour,
when death has no more conquer. He will be greatly missed.
Dahana Baxter: Please accept
sincerest, prayerful condolences. May it comfort you
to bear in mind that the heart of God is not only very
familiar with your pain, but is already on the job
ministering to, and healing your hearts.
As the Lord continues to carry you through life, may your
experience be that the deep tenderness of His love, the
constancy and sufficiency of His grace, the assuring
strength of His manifest faithfulness, presence, and
comfort, and the healing power of His Word, shall always
soothe, bind up, guide, protect, direct, clarify, encourage;
provide peace in the midst of perplexity, hope when despair
attacks; keep you contentedly focused on Him even through
emotional pain and upheavals; and furnish fresh faith to
surmount each new challenge, be it spiritual, social,
financial or otherwise, to the honour and glory of His name.
"To all who are reaching out to feel the guiding hand of
God, the moment of greatest discouragement is the time when
divine help is nearest. They will look back with
thankfulness upon the darkest part of their way. 'The Lord
knoweth how to deliver the godly'. 2 Peter 2:9. From every
temptation and every trial He will bring them forth with
firmer faith and a richer experience. " (DA, 528, 529).
His power and peace are commensurate with the painful
problems and perplexities He permits His precious children
to encounter and endure.
His strength is made perfect in our weakness.
Underneath are the everlasting arms.
He will never leave nor forsake us.
He is preparing a people, His bride, for His soon return.
Whilst some of our loved ones' probationary time has ended,
ours, to this moment, thank God, has been extended.
As we grieve, we must not forget or neglect to appreciate
and acknowledge God's love and care over us all. Let us be
careful to praise our Life Giver /preserver/sustainer, and
thank Him for all His benefits and blessings on us His
undeserving, needy children. We have done nothing worthy of
having His breath of life in our body at this very
Question is, whilst we cling to the blessed hope for dear
Donnie and others, what are WE doing?
After all, "The Lord IS coming. Are WE ready?"
May His Holy Spirit's abiding presence and sustaining power
be your (and my) personal experience, continuously, until
His imminent glorious appearance.
"Soon, this earth shall pass away,
Soon comes Resurrection Day; 'Good morning!' to those
friends that said, 'Goodbye!', we'll say,
When we see Jesus coming in the sky!
Soon, we'll hear the angels sing,
Soon, Christ's trumpet sound shall ring;
He'll brush away those tears from every eye, that day
When we see Jesus coming in the sky!
Soon, those pearly gates will open,
We know not when, if morning, night or noon;
Our vows to Him, His grace will have kept unbroken,
And this we know, for sure:
He's coming, SOON!"
God's grace, you are in my daily prayers.
We all need each other's prayers. By God's grace, let us
press daily together in humble prayer at God's Mercy Seat
/Throne of Grace, to strengthen one another.
"Even so come, LORD Jesus"!
Yves E. Colas, Quebec, Canada: Members of the
bereaved family, it is with profound sadness that I have
received the sad news of the passing of Don. The last time
we saw each other was in September 2001 in Phoenix (AZ),
while attending a Risk Management Convention.
During his Deanship, I was Assistant Business Manager at
West Indies College, Jamaica. His stay in
Montreal as pastor of the Westmount Seventh-day
Adventist Church was short, but the members loved him very
much as a very friendly person. Moreover, it was the first
time in the field that we had such a versatile and talented
pastor. I will remember him as a very dedicated soldier of
Christ, for his wonderful singing voice, and for the way
that he interacted with the other pastors when they were
pitching the grand tent for our camp-meeting. Having
tread some 32 years ago the path you are walking on right
now, Judith, I understand what you are going through. It is
a very rough road to walk on; the healing process will be
slow; and the flash backs will be frequent. However, Christ
Jesus, along with the support of family and friends will
give you the strength to heal. Please accept my deep
and sincere condolences.
The Lindo Sisters (Maxine, Maple, Twit) New York:
Distance may have played a role in separating us, but you
were always close to our hearts. Both our parents were
schoolmates, as well as missionaries together in the
Bahamas, where you and Desmond, and Maxine and Maple were
born. Thanks to them, you and all our siblings were
pronounced god-brothers and sisters. We shared something
that was not blood, but yet, thicker than water. So sorry
you had to leave us, but I am certain that we will meet in
the Holy City. Meanwhile, our condolences and our prayers
are with your families.
We the Clarence family (Jorge, Carola, Andrea and Andrew are
saddened by the passing of Pastor Edwards. We remember the
kindness extended to us during his ministry Arizona. Sis
Judith and sons, may you be comforted by God's promises.
I met Pastor Edwards at the Tabernacle Seventh-day Adventist
Church, Florida, many years ago and this led to a warm and
long lasting friendship. I enjoyed his love of family, his
passion for preaching, his commitment to God and His work,
but most of all, his love for people, especially youth. I
will sincerely miss this great worker who earnestly sought
to build the kingdom of God. To Judith and the rest of the
family, may the Comforter give you peace.
Oz Rugless, Orlando,
Florida, USA: I'm so sad that my friend,
Donnie, has passed away. When I think of him I remember so
many happy times together. I was fortunate enough to live
with the Edwards family for part of my high school years,
and we were like brothers.
I remember good college days as we sang together in a
quartet for the better part of 15 years, first as students
at West Indies College and then at Andrews University, and
then again as faculty at W.I.C. In later years we had
several reunions, including our last one, when Barry's
daughter Melissa got married. Donnie had a way of
interpreting a song with his beautiful tenor voice that
captivated people and touched their hearts.
Donnie was a friend to everyone, always with a warm
welcoming smile, and a love for people that was tangible and
real. As a pastor, his church members loved him.
But now we have to wait to see his smile again when Jesus
raises him up in the resurrection morning. Once we arrive in
heaven I'm guessing that it won't be long until he'll be
singing along with Jesus as they walk together beside the
river of life. His beautiful tenor will be at its purest and
sweetest. His smile will be wider, warmer and even more
welcoming, and he will be home, for good.
Judith and family, I'm grieving with you, but I encourage
you to hold on to your hope. Hold on to God's hand, because
He is on your side. We'll see Donnie again very soon.
classmate is resting awaiting the call of what the Life
Giver. Please accept my condolences. I continue to pray
for his family.
Willie: I was
saddened to learn of the passing of Donnie. I know this
is a great loss to his wife, Judith, his sons, his
brothers, sister, and the rest of the family. I
do recall Donnie's love of singing-- the quartet and
those choir tours. Although a link is missing with his
departure, we have the hope of the great time of
reunion. Let us keep faithful and meet Donnie on that
great reunion day. I hold you up in prayer.
Pansy Maria Vaz,
Leesburg, Florida, USA:
My heart is stricken with grief to learn of the passing of a
true icon who lived a life of love and service to God and
humanity. His life was spent with a mission and purpose.
Every one was special to him. In his presence there was
always a radiance of joy. He has touched the lives of many
in a positive way, including mine. We were school mates at
West Indies College (NCU). We later connected in Florida. I
still remember the last sermon I heard him preach at a youth
revival week. He connected so well with the young people.
was not afraid to share his challenges. He left Florida and
we lost touch, but not even knowing his medical challenges,
I would lift my thoughts and prayer for him and his family.
Donny has fulfilled his mission on earth for the Lord. He
has fought a good fight. He has kept the faith. He has
finished his course. Therefore there is laid up for him a
crown of righteousness. I am praying for the comfort of his
family: his wife, children, brothers and all those who loved
From the members of Westmont Seventh-day Adventist Church.
We will always remember Pastor Don as the pastor who
conducted our church choir leading out in the Alleluia
Chorus. Before he starts his sermons he would always
say "God is good all the time., all the time God is good."
We look forward to the resurrection. God bless his wife and
"Aunt Zen" and Family,
Our condolences to you and your family on Donnie's passing.
Please pass the same on to Judith and her family from Erwin
made me so sad to hear of the passing of Donnie Edwards:
Pastor, Musician, Husband, Father, Friend, a dignified,
upright, and talented Christian.
Donnie came to West Indies College during my years as Chair
of the Music Department. It’s
true that his quartet was the talk of the Island, but
amongst his more unmistakable gifts, was his ability to
connect with young people. They
loved, admired, and respected him so much that we asked him
to direct the High School Choir. In
no time at all they were performing excerpts from Handel’s
Messiah and other difficult pieces. Remarkable!
and deaths are in God’s hands and are still unfathomable
Judith and family, just take the Savior’s loving hand and do
not try to understand. Whatever
betide you, God is always beside you.
Valencia Benjamin, Gainesville,
Florida (formerly of Miami Tabernacle Seventh-day Adventist
Church): I remember meeting Don and Judith at the most
impressionable time of my life (a teenager). I was
immediately drawn to them and adopted them in my heart as
god-parents. Don was my pastor, counselor, confidant, and
god-daddy. There was never a hesitation to trust any advice
or instruction about “life”. Like any great parent, Don
would counsel from the heart while applying biblical
concepts. Don and Judith were my place of comfort, and no
matter how much time or miles separated us, I knew that I
could always reach out and receive love – selflessly, in
prayer, in faith, and always – always with encouragement. I
am deeply saddened by the passing of Pastor Edwards. My
thoughts and prayers are with Judith and the family. I can
only imagine the strong emotions that the passing of a loved
one evokes. But love is all-important, and we know that
this grief is but temporary; and the joy that is promised us
when we are reunited with our loved ones will be forever.
May God embrace you in comfort during this difficult time.
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no
more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order
of things has passed away.” Revelation
Sheryl Johnson, Phoenix, Arizona, USA: I send
my condolences to Sis. Judith, sons – Donnie, Jonathan, &
Adam, & the rest of the family from The Johnson Posse –
Sheryl, Albert IV, Shanel, Shere, Shaunel, & Sherril! Our
prayers/thoughts are with y’all - & if you need something,
pls let me
know. It was a pleasure having Dr. W. Don
Edwards as my family’s pastor at the Beacon Light
Phoenix, AZ. Hope to sing with him in the New Jerusalem
when Jesus returns ;o)
Philippe & Suesianna Cadrot,
Jamaica, New York, USA:
We are sadden to hear of the passing of Dean Edwards,
Reflecting on our days on the Hill at the Noble W.I.C.,
we can see Dean Edwards coming up the hill from Cedar
Hall walking towards the music building while we sat on
the "seat of Scornful" with his dog and the keys hanging
from his pocket . Our deepest sympathy to His beloved
Judith and sons Jonathan, Donovan and, Adam . "Joy
comes in the morning" Let us be faithful so on that
Great getting up morning we all will see Donnie again.
I'm so saddened to hear of the death of Donnie Edwards.
Death is such a cruel and evil enemy and one that we'll
never get used to or accept while here on earth. My deepest
sympathy to his wife, Judith and children, siblings,
extended family, as well as all of those who loved him. Be
comforted knowing that I and others care and are praying for
you during this difficult time.
Maxwell and Marie Smith,
On behalf of my husband Maxwell Anthony Smith, I would like
to offer our condolences to Judith and the family of the
Passing of Donnie. It’s such a small world. When I found out
that he had passed and I asked my husband if he knew him,
immediately he tells me he knows him. His dad was the pastor
of our home town church in Jamaica. The Rollington Town
Seventh-day Adventist Church where Donnie and his brothers
grew up. That was before I started there but Smithee (my
husband) said they all grew up together. As a matter of fact
it was the brothers singing, that was an integral part of
him singing in a quartet at church also.
My connection with Donnie began at West Indies College in
1977 when I was a student there and Donnie was the Dean of
Men at the time. West Indies College impacted my life a lot
and this was done through a number of persons including
Pastor Donnie. He is there among my personal Hall of Fame
teachers: Pastor Fletcher, Pastor Melbourne, Joan Francis,
Dr. Newton Hoilette, Mrs. Iris Henry, Mrs. Carol Fider, Dr,
John Carey, Dr. Stanley Bull, Daisy White, Dr. Hermon Douce
and Skipper Douce and the Blue Knight himself, Mr. Oswald
Rugless and Pastor Henry.
Donnie and these teachers taught me what it was to be a
Christian teacher as I was a budding educator myself.
He was loving, kind, gracious, a people’s person. I never
had to go to him personally but I knew if I needed someone
to talk to I knew I could go to him. The joy that Alegre and
Heralds quartet gave me to enrich my music and spiritual
life at WIC was amazing. I even had the privilege of singing
with Meister Singers under the direction of his brother
Barry, which was the crowning part of my singing career
along with singing in Collegiates with Rosie Ward. My heart
immediately got sad when I heard he had passed. But I know
that sadness endures for a time, but joy will come in the
morning. God is going to put all things right and we will
see each other again and then the singing in heaven will be
awesome because Donnie will be there. Let’s make sure we are
there too. Love always, Marie Church-Smith
Lynn Robinson (Young) and Family, Bethel Seventh-day
Adventist Church, Florida City, Florida, USA: Sis
Edwards, it's been along time and so sorry it have to be on
this occasion to say hello. We are so sorry to hear of
the passing of Pastor Edwards all I have is fond memories of
you all Thinking of our trip to the Bahamas he took our
choir on when we were much younger we will never forget the
good times. As we toured the Island he took us through
Princess Casino and out of everyone in the group I had to be
the one to put a dollar in one of the slot machines and won
$300 when Pastor Edwards asked "who played that machine."
Everyone said "Lynn." Then he said "Ok you'll
have to buy everyone lunch." We laughed and had
a great time and of course the choir was well represented
when we sung! Thanks for sharing him with us, love to you
and the family.
Joseph, Fay, Merton, David, Valrica, Juana and Cliff
Hutchinson, Allegheny East Conference, USA:
We share your family's loss and join in the celebration
of the life of a most complete and wonderful pastor.
Pastor Donnie also blessed my ministry during the late
70's in Race Course, Clarendon District of Central
Jamaica. He, Keith and Jeff consecutively
came and blessed us and the saints with awesome
anointing and transformational messages. Praying
that God will bless Judith, Jonathan, Adam and Donnie,
with all relatives, with anointing, blessing, comfort,
healing, hope, love and strength to sustain each one on
this new journey, living with the promises of future and
immortal reunion together with God.' . Phil. 3:21 and
Revelation 22:1-4. May these celebrations
for Donnie glorify, honor God and heal each life.
Glenalee "Lee" Rolle,
Please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing
of your dear husband. Be assured that my prayers are
with all of you. May God continue to cover you
under His feathers and in the shadow of His mighty
wings. God has so many promises in His word that we can
draw on in times like these. Judith, remain faithful,
trust in God and someday soon we will all meet at the
Michael McCoy and Family, First elder, Grant's Town
Seventh-day Adventist Church, The Bahamas:
Mrs. Edwards and family, please accept condolences on behalf
of my family. God will sustain you as you travel through
this dark valley experience. May His peace be with you.
Deborah Darling Abangntuen,
Judith and family, accept my sympathy and wishing you God's
comfort in your time of bereavement.
Bertram Melbourne and Family,
God be with you as you grieve the loss of Donnie. Be
assured of our prayers and the calm assuring and
comforting presence of God. Be comforted by
reflecting on the fact that God knows how you feel
having lost His only Son to death. May the Blessed
Hope give you real reason to carry on today, tomorrow and
until Jesus comes.
Mrs. Iris Henry and family, Rodger (Florida), Pauline
(California) and Hillary (New Jersey) extend their
sincere condolences to Judy and the rest of the Edwards
family. We have fond memories of both Donnie and Judy back
in Mandeville at West Indies College. Always remember
"weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the
Cecil Thompson, Freeport, Grand Bahama, The
Bahamas: On this sad occasion I take a very special
time-out to offer my most sincere condolences to Lady Judith
Brennan-Edwards, wife of my late friend (old room mate at
WIC/Northern Caribbean University, Jamaica) Pastor Donovan
(Donnie) Edwards, his brothers: Desmond, Attorney At Law and
Musician Extraordinaire; Dr. Garth,
chiropractor; Dr. Barry,
Maestro! A wonderful loving family who along with their
wonderful Christian parents (now in memoriam) gave me a
sweet home away from home during part of my memorable four
(4) year stay in Jamaica. Condolences also to the other
wives, children and relatives. Let's meet in the Kingdom of
Audre Nembhard Parker, Oregon, USA: May
the God of all comforts be with the family. We have a
blessed hope. That day of reunion is coming soon. We will
lift you up in prayer.
Austin and Olive Burnett, Toronto, Canada:
I am saddened by the passing of Pastor Donnie Edwards. Our
condolences and prayers are with you and the family.
We look forward to the great getting-up morning when death
will be abolished.
Maxwell and Linda Hepburn, Nassau, Bahamas:
Our deepest condolence to Judith and the family. I know
that God will strengthen you and your family.
Malcolm Court, Huntsville, Alabama, USA: Malcolm and I are
saddened to learn of the passing of your dear husband. We can never
make up for the pain of losing someone, no matter how hard we try.
However, we hope that the thought that others, who have experienced
similar sorrow empathize with you, will at least help to ease the
burden of pain you now feel. May the "everlasting arms"
surround and support you and your family even as your friends lift
you up in prayer.
Raynold (Ray) Lewis
Worcester, Massachusetts USA:
As a young men of Cedar Hall, "Dean Edwards" became our
father and spiritual leader. He counseled, scolded, and
encouraged us whenever we needed it. I am sure that
many young men who lived in the Men's Dormitory at West
Indies College from 1976 - 1981 could recall fondly some
aspect of Donnie's ministry that has impacted their lives
for good. My condolences go out to Judith and her
sons who mourn.
Teddy Lyle and Family: The Lyle family sends
its condolences to the Edwards family during this difficult
time. Donnie's ministry impacted a lot of people and his
legacy will live on. I have pleasant memories of him from
the college on the hill. Will be keeping the family in
Glenn and Pat Rogers:
We are deeply sorry for your loss and extend our heartfelt
sympathy. We have fond memories of the good times we shared
during the years that your family spent in Berrien Springs.
We will continue to lift you up in prayer and look forward
to the day when Christ will return and we will be reunited
with our loved ones and friends. May God grant you comfort
and peace. Love, Glenn and Pat Rogers
Kenneth Henry Jamaica:
Please accept condolence on behalf of my family. I shall
not soon forget when you worked as my Office Secretary at
West Indies Union. Donnie has impacted many lives. His
deeds will surely follow him. The Lord has seen fit to give
him rest from all the health challenges he has faced in this
life. Thank God a new day is coming, when there will be no
more pain, and no more parting. We pray God's protection
and providence for you and family during the days ahead. "Joy,
real joy will come in the morning."
Hester L. Griffin St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands:
My condolences to the family of Pastor W. Don Edwards. I
was a young college student from the US Virgin Islands
attending the Miami Tabernacle Seventh-day Adventist Church
where Pastor Edwards and his family ministered. He loved
good music and started a choir, The Fine Arts Chorale, of
which I was a member. He was very friendly and personable;
I will remember him as an outstanding preacher and a true
man of God! May God give his family and friends enduring
peace and comfort as they deal with this loss. Be
encouraged that Joy WILL COME in the morning. Peace and
Donna Roberts The Bahamas:
Judith, during this difficult time in your life we pray
God’s blessings on you and your family.
Cassandra Forbes The
Bahamas: Sincerest condolences to you and sons on the
passing of your beloved husband. May God comfort you during
this difficult time.