Gwaltney Edwards Jr.

Published 7:05 pm Thursday, February 18, 2021

Gwaltney Lee Edwards Jr. passed Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. He was the son of the late Gwaltney L. Edwards Sr. and Mary T. Edwards.

Lee, known as “Pop” to all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, loved to spend time with his family and wife. He enjoyed being outdoors in his garden and loved to take the grandchildren riding on the four-wheeler. He was an active member of Bethany UMC and a lifetime honorary member of the Moonlight Hunt Club. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing, NASCAR and cooking on the grill. He served in the Army during the Vietnam conflict. Lee was also known as the Smithfield Genuine Ham Man of Smithfield Foods.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Anne J. Edwards, and his children, G. Lee Edwards III (Shelley), Michael J. Edwards (Susan), and Laura E. Smith (Michael); grandchildren, Nicole Edwards (R.J), Maggie Forristall, Kayla Martin (Caleb), Sabrina Edwards, Madison Edwards, Xavier Smith and Aspen Smith; great-grandchildren, William Shreves IV, Braden Edwards, Harley Edwards; brother, Wayne T. Edwards (Linda); sister, Joan E. Ragland (Gene); and aunt, Evelyn Munford.

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Funeral services will be held at a later date. R.W Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory in Suffolk is serving the family. Condolences may be registered online at