George (Joe) Edmunds, 69, of Raytown, Missouri, formerly of Napoleon, Missouri passed away December 19, 2021 at Advent Health, Merriam, Kansas. Visitation will be from 10:00 until 11:00 am, Monday, December 27, 2021 at St. Paul Evangelical Church, Napoleon. A celebration of life service will also be on Monday at the church at 11:00 am. Burial will be in the St. Paul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family, in care of Karen Edmunds for a memorial to be established at Village Hospice at John Knox Village. Memories and condolences may be left at www.LedfordFamilyFH.com
. Arrangements have been entrusted to Walker-Nadler-Fuller Funeral Home, 1720 South Street, Lexington, MO 64067, 660-259-2245.
Joe was born December 5, 1952 in Colquitt, Georgia to Elam "Demp" and Eva (Knight) Edmunds. He was the youngest son of seven children.
He graduated from Seminole County High School in Donalsonville, Georgia and Albany Technical College, Albany, Georgia with a degree in computer programming. Joe received a call to ministry. He then attended Nazarene Bible College, Colorado Springs, Colorado and graduated from Trevecca Nazarene College, Nashville, Tennessee with a BA in Ministry. He later graduated from Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Missouri with a Master of Divinity Degree. After 25 years of pastoring in New York, Ohio, Kentucky and Missouri, he completed a course in Clinical Pastoral Education to become a Chaplain. St. Paul Evangelical Church was the last church he pastored. Joe's focus then changed, and he worked as a hospice chaplain at John Knox Village, Lee's Summit, Missouri. He devoted himself to helping meet the needs of people and their families going through the end of life stages.
Joe met Karen Marie Applebee December 10, 1976. They married February 26, 1977 in Auburn, New York. Son, Bryan Joel was born in May of 1980 just in time to attend his dad's graduation from Trevecca,
Recently, Joe enjoyed traveling and camping with family and friends. When asked the favorite spot he had visited, he said all were but if he had to choose one, it would probably be Glacier National Park, Montana. God's beauty left him speechless!
Survivors include his wife, Karen Edmunds of Raytown, Missouri; son, Bryan and wife Samantha of Overland Park, Kansas; grandchildren, Addie Edmunds, Robert Wayman, Madeline Wayman and Sophia Wayman; sister, Janice Edmunds of Albany, Georgia; brothers, Edwin Edmunds and wife Joyce of Sylvester, Georgia and Gerald Edmunds and wife Karen of Aiken South Carolina; sister-in-law, Genita Edmunds of Albany, Georgia; several aunts and uncles and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Eugene Edmunds and wife Dorothy, Douglas Edmunds and James Edmunds and wife Karen.