Weldon Lynn Edwards, 68, of Breckenridge, passed away peacefully Sunday morning, March 16, 2014, at his home. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home in Breckenridge. Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19, at the First United Methodist Church in Breckenridge. A private burial will be held at Clyde Cemetery.
The son of the late Dorothy Jean and Weldon Edwards, Weldon Lynn was born on Oct. 16, 1945. He grew up in Clyde and graduated from Clyde High School in 1964. Weldon received his Bachelor of Arts in English in 1968 from Texas Tech University. Upon graduation, he received his first teaching job in Mineral Wells. Beginning in 1969, he served in the U.S. Army, where he was stationed for two years at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. While in the service, Weldon was called upon to employ his writing skills by writing for the post's newspaper. When he finished his service in the Army, Weldon returned to Texas Tech and earned his Masters in English. He remained a loyal Red Raider his entire life.
Weldon is best known for his role as a teacher at Breckenridge High School, where he began his career in 1972. He started out teaching World History and English I and III but Weldon spent most of his years teaching English IV, where he built a reputation as a teacher who at first struck fear into the hearts of his students, only later to have that fear replaced by admiration, respect and endearing devotion. Weldon taught for so long at BHS that more than one generation of students passed through his classroom doors. More than just a teacher, Weldon Edwards not only taught his students to understand and appreciate literature and the written word, but also challenged them to think critically and to reach further down inside of themselves than they ever thought possible. Often unorthodox in his teaching methods, to say the least, most of his former students have memorable anecdotes to share about the time they spent in Mr. Edwards' class. It is also interesting to note that more than a few of his former students, including both of his daughters, have gone on to become teachers themselves. Through the years, one of Weldon's favorite things to do was to receive visits from his past students and catch up on all of their latest endeavors.
After retiring from teaching, Weldon was able to devote more time to his lifelong love of hunting and fishing. He also spent much of his time working on the ranch where he grew up in Clyde. He met and married his wife Patricia (Patsy) Picon Edwards in 2001, and they spent much of their time enjoying their love of the outdoors at the ranch and on numerous hunting trips when they weren't at home in Breckenridge. Even while enjoying his retirement from teaching, he found time and was honored to serve on the school board for Breckenridge Independent School District. Weldon also enjoyed researching his family's genealogy, studying the Civil War and watching the St. Louis Cardinals play. Breckenridge was always “home” to him, even though it never rained there. Weldon Edwards was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church in Breckenridge.
He was preceded in death by his brother David W. Edwards and both of his parents.
Weldon is survived by his wife, Patricia Edwards of Breckenridge; daughter, Regan and son-in-law Todd Lamberson of Lubbock; and daughter, Ashley and son-in-law Jeff Ball of Keller. He is also survived by Patsy's children, a daughter, Heather and son-in-law Jeremy Vest of Andrews; and son, Jake Crenshaw of Andrews. Grandchildren include Salina and Ashlynn Ball of Keller, Hudson and Hannah Hall of Lubbock, and Austin and Mason Vest of Andrews.
Survivors also include a brother, Murray and sister-in-law Kathi Edwards of Clyde; a niece, Rachel and husband Chris Pepper; a nephew, John-Morris and wife Aubrey Edwards; and a nephew, Lincoln and wife Marjorie Edwards; and three great-nephews.
Pallbearers will be Mike Colbert, Mike Fields, Donny Funderburg, John Hagler, Ricky Townson, Jackie Walker, and Kevin West. Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Cook, Jeff Davis, Britt Farrar, Mike Kearby, Jimmy Kniffen, Brian Sheehan and Danny Zimpel.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to establish the Weldon Edwards Memorial Scholarship Fund at P.O. Box 1577, Breckenridge, Texas, 76424. Donations for this scholarship fund can also be dropped off at the Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home.