The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Charles Edwards Sr.
Friday, August 17, 2012
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
Union Hall resident Charles Abron Edwards Sr., 99, will be the grand marshal during the Warren Street's Festival's parade in Rocky Mount on Saturday at 11:30 a.m.
Edwards, who has farmed most of his life, was the second African American to serve on the Franklin County School Board. He served from July 8, 1977, to June 30, 1981.
An as active member of the Democratic Party and NAACP, Edwards was invited and attended former Virginia Gov. Doug Wilder's inaugural ball after Wilder was elected.
Edwards also met Barack Obama in Bristol, Va., in June 2008 when Obama was a U.S. Senator and running for president. Edwards presented Obama with a handmade walking cane, and Obama joked that he would "use the cane on Congress to get the Health Care Bill passed," according to Edwards.
Edwards and his wife, Helen, have 10 children. All of the children graduated from high school, and eight of them graduated from college. Three of the Edwards children earned advanced degrees.
The two-day Warren Street Festival starts today (Friday, Aug. 17) at 5 p.m. along Warren Street and at the farmers' market with music, a business expo and other activities.
The festival is a celebration of Warren Street and its history and includes plenty of music and food, a car show and parade, and a dance.
A breakfast will be held at the American Legion Post 6 building on Saturday at 9 a.m. to honor residents who are 90 years old and older. The speaker will be Rev. Enos Gillespie of Roanoke.
Admission to the festival each day is a $5 donation.