Date of Death: January 3, 2020
The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. to celebrate Greg’s life on Friday, January 10, 2020 at Hohner Funeral Home. Family and friends will also hold a Celebration of Greg’s Life on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 2;00 p.m. at Sturgis American Legion, 500 W. Chicago Rd, Sturgis, MI 49091.
Gregory “Chief” Eugene Edwards, age 65, of Three Rivers passed away at his home with his family following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s and Dementia on Friday, January 3, 2020. He was born on January 13, 1954 in Flint, MI the son of Robert McGruder and Mareno Edwards.
Greg attended school in his early years in Flint, MI, moving to Sturgis in Junior High and graduating with the class of 1973. He went on to graduate from Central Michigan University in 1978, earning a B.S. in Education. While at CMU, Greg met Debra (Hart). They were married on January 30, 1981.
Greg taught elementary physical education for Three Rivers Community Schools until his retirement in 2011. He loved teaching, but coaching was his passion. He was a proud Wildcat Football coach for over 20 years and coached girls’ track for a number of years. Greg loved his family and adored spending time with his grandchildren. He played on several recreational softball teams throughout the years. Chief was famous for his Karaoke performances throughout the area and his talent at the BBQ grill, a talent he passed on to his sons.
He was preceded in passing by his parents, sister, Terri McGruder and brother, Arthur Terrell.
Surviving to cherish his memory is wife Debra Edwards of Three Rivers; sons, Marcus Edwards and Kevin Edwards both of Three Rivers; grandchildren; Charolette, Daniella, and Benson; Landen and Brooklyn all of Three Rivers; brothers, Theaphlias Terrell of Huntsville, AL, Pierre Terrell of Huntsville, AL, Terrance Bailey of Washington D.C., Kelsey McGruder of Elgin, IL; sisters; Yvette Veal of Huntsville, AL, Sheila McGruder of Flint, MI, L’Tanya Spratlen of Detroit, MI, and Alyse Beard of Flint, MI; special Uncle, Wendell (Sandra) Edwards, Trotwood, OH; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial donations may be directed Three Rivers Health Homecare and Hospice or the Edwards Family c/o Deb Edwards. Envelopes available at the funeral home.
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