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Obituary: Jake Edwards, 64, Adair Co., KY

Mr. Edwards was member of a large, respected West Adair County family. He was widely known as one of the founding members of "The Kentucky Ridgerunners," and as a performer at the Center Jamboree and later, at the Sulphur Well Jamboree. He was a master logger and in later years was in the auto salvage business

Jake Edwards, 64, of the Weed-Keltner community, died Sunday, January 3, 2010, at 3:24pmCT, at his home after a short illness.

The funeral service will be Thursday, January 7, 2010, at 10amCT, at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY. Burial will in be the Edwards Cemetery, 1000 Keltner-Mell Ridge Road, Columbia, KY. Visitation will be after 4pmCT, Wednesday, January 6, 2010, at the funeral home.

Jake Edwards, Adair Co., KY (1945-2010)

He was born February 1, 1945. He was a son of the late Carlie Beckom and Evelyn Matney Edwards. He died January 3, 2010, at the age of 64 years, 11 months, and 2 days.

He was a well known musician, and one of the original members of "The Kentucky Ridgerunners," playing rhythm guitar and singing country music at the Center Jamboree in the 1970s, and more recently, at the Sulphur Well Jamboree at Sulphur Well, KY.He was a master logger with his fellow musician buddies David Froggett, Sr., and David Jr. In recent years, he dealt in used car parts and auto salvage.He is survived by his wife, Patty Smith Edwards, Columbia, KY, and the following:
  • Five children: Adrian Edwards and wife Shannon, Columbia, KY; Nancy Smith and husband Montie, Greensburg, KY; Lisa Smith and husband Junior, Mell Ridge, KY; Donnie Edwards and wife Kathleen, and Lonnie Edwards and wife Sherry, all of Greensburg, KY

  • One sister: Sarah Evon Stolze and husband Bob of Long Beach, CA

  • Four brothers: Robert Edwards and wife Millie, Utica, IN; Jimmie Edwards and Weldon Edwards, both of Edmonton, KY; and Granville Edwards and wife Lorene of Sulphur Well, KY

  • Fourteen grandchildren and six great grandchildren

  • Several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and friends
Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY, in charge of funeral arrangements.
This obituary was made possible through the support of Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, established in 1926, located one block off the Square at 200 Campbellsville Street in Columbia. To reach David and Cathy Martin, phone (270) 384-2149, or E-mail: Large enough to serve comfortably; Small enough to serve personally.

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