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Edwards, W. Eugene, 1910-2006



  • Existence: 1910-04-17-2006-01-16- 1910 April 17 - 2006 January 16 - 2006-01-16


William Eugene "Gene" Edwards was born in Onslow County, North Carolina on April 17, 1910, the son of Mamie Page and William McGhee Edwards.

Gene's career included being involved in his father's wholesale grocery business, being a partner in the wholesale and retail flower business with his brother, working with his son in Edwards Greenhouses, and being a commercial real estate developer.

Gene was an active member of the Wilmington Rotary Club and served as both club president and Rotary District 773 Governor. He was also recognized as a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. Additionally, he served on the board of the YMCA, as chairman of the New Hanover County Airport Commission, and on the New Hanover County ABC Board.

Gene was a member of the Cape Fear Country Club, the Carolina Yacht Club, and the Cape Fear Club. He was also a communicant of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church.

He married Elizabeth Hutaff Edwards and had three children.

Gene died on January 16, 2006 and is buried in Oakdale Cemetery.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Wilmington Council of the Navy League Photographs

Identifier: SC-MS-238
Scope and Contents This collection contains 34 photographs that represent an active period of civilian involvement with the Wilmington Council of the Navy League in southeastern North Carolina primarily from the 1950's to the 1960's. The images represent interactions of League members including Gene Edwards, Bobby Tate, and Mayor O.O. Allsbrook, with local military installations and service men. Additional images depict trips taken on behalf of the Wilmington chapter of the Navy League to Washington D.C. and...
Dates: 1940s-1960s, undated