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Updated: 04/08/2017 03:16:04PM

Robert C. Edwards

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Robert “Bob” Clement Edwards, 71, of Arcadia, Florida, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at Florida Hospital in Orlando, Florida.

He was born in Arcadia on June 8, 1945, to Doyle and Leila Edwards.

Bob graduated from DeSoto County High School in 1963 and to the amazement of his three brothers, was voted “Best Looking” in his senior class. After college, he returned to Arcadia and spent the next 47 years becoming the premier painter for the contractors McCorquodale, Gunter, Carlton and Frierson. Bob was a kind and generous helper who loved to fish and take various fruits and vegetables to all his friends. He had a great sense of humor, sharpened by hanging with a group of social deviates who cooked for all the rodeo functions.

He is survived by three daughters, Regina (John) Weiler, Tina O’Neil, and Melissa Edwards; one sister, Judy (David) Osborne; three brothers, Doyle (Irene) Edwards, Alan (Karen) Edwards and Steven (Jeanie) Edwards; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Georgia; and daughter, Cheryl.

There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. at the Seventh Day Adventist Church on Highway 31 on Thursday, April 13, 2017. In honor of Bob, feel free to wear a white T-shirt for the memorial service.

Online condolences can be made at

Arrangements are by Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Homes, Arcadia.

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