Memorial services for Stephen Edwards, 74, Lawrence, will be 2 pm, Saturday, February 12, 2022, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.
Stephen Edwards, 74, passed away peacefully at Lawrence Memorial hospital on January 31, 2022. Stephen was born September 20, 1947, in Chicago, illinois. He was the first born of six children of the late Lillie Mae Edwards (Jackson), and the late Mike Emerson. His past relationships bore him nine children: Sonya Shine of Chicago, IL, Stehanie Crockett Baker of Wichita, KA, Andrea Edwards of Lawrence, KA, Danenette Brown of Birmingham, AL, Jocaan Edwards, Lawrence, KS, Andre Newman (Marie Newman) of Lawrence, KS. Tara Edwards of Lawrence, KS, Shavonne Edwards (Adrianna Carr Edwards) Wichita, KS., Stevon Edwards, Lawrence, KS.
Stephen (Steve) Edwards attended and graduated from John Marshall High School in Chicago. Afterwards he joined the Army where he spent three years traveling the world and supporting our country. Steve left the Army early to care for his immediate family and to support his siblings. He was known as the rock and caretaker of his siblings and played a father role in rearing them. Steve’s career as a masonry supported his family. He worked for years as such and was able to earn a living to care for his family and children.
Steve traveled from Kansas to Chicago often to be with family. He settled in Lawrence, Kansas in 2001 to be with his children. He joined St. Luke AMB church, under the leadership of Rev. Taylor; where he gave his life to our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.
Steve’s passion was food, folks and fun. He was a suave guy and when he dressed up he was a show stopper. He enjoyed cooking, Baseball, Western and war movies.
He was preceded in death by his parents Lillie Mae Edwards and Mike Emerson, sisters Tracy Lynn Brown, Regena Jackson and his youngest brother Nathaniel Brown (Spikey). He is survived by sister, Janet Gause (Everett) and brother Tyrone Edwards, his nine children, twenty-six grandchildren, and thirteen great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, Cousin, and a special friend Andrea Nunez.