Frederick Douglas Edmond was born Oct. 21, 1907 in Lexa, the youngest of nine children, to his parents Dr. Fred and Mrs. Virginia “Jennie” Edmond. He was affectionately known as F.D.
His parents, five sisters, three brothers, and a great grandchild preceded him in death.
F.D. served honorably in World War II in the Navy. He saw active duty in two major campaigns of the Pacific Theater of Operations, where he was stationed in Leyte and New Guinea. After an honorable discharge, F.D. returned home to Phillips County and his job at Chicago Mill Lumber Co. in West Helena, where he retired after 50 years of hard work.
A trustee at First Baptist Church in West Helena and a leader at the American Legion, F.D. also served the local community. In 2012, he received the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, American Campaign Medal and the World War Victory Medal.
His first marriage to Marie Sanders produced one child, Melvon Lee Edmond. His second marriage to Lue Birdia Reynolds lasted 60 years, until her death in 1999.
F.D. enjoyed hunting and fishing with friends, and at one time owned 12 hunting dogs. With a great sense of humor and a knack for remembering dates, people, and events he was a masterful storyteller, and left a lasting impression on everyone he encountered. He was especially proud of having cast his vote in 2008 for the country's first African-American president, Barack Obama.
He departed this life Sunday, May 5 at Helena Regional Medical Center. He leaves to mourn his only child, Melvon (Lillian) Edmond of West Memphis; a granddaughter, Deborah (Martin) Edmond France of Brooklyn N.Y.; nephews, Alfred Barrow, Johnny Barrow, Melvin Barrow, Joe Willie Barrow and Calvin Barrow; nieces, Ora Bowers and Victoria Edmond; five great-grandchildren; four great great-grandchildren; and a host of great and great-great nephews and nieces, cousins and friends.
Frederick Douglas Edmond's remarkable life of over 105 years will not soon be forgotten. To God be the glory!
Visitation will be Friday, May 10 in the Jackson and Highley Funeral Home Chapel from 4 to 6 p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 11 at the First Baptist Church at West Helena at 11 a.m.
Interment will follow immediately at Jackson Memorial Cemetery at Southland.