Marvin Odell Edwards Sr., 77, of Omaha, Neb., and formerly of Sandusky, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at his residence.
He was born Nov. 21, 1935, in Jackson, Miss., son of the late Ellis and Nannie Lee Edwards Sr., and moved to Sandusky in 1955.
He worked in many factories and then began his career as an auto mechanic, working for J & D Auto. Odell loved working on cars, drag racing in Norwalk, reading his Bible, and bowling.
He is survived by his loving children, Catherine (Harry) Edwards Sullivan, Christine (John L.) Edwards Moore, and Ellis Edwards, all of Cleveland, Irene Edwards, Calvin Brown and Marvin Odell Edwards Jr., all of Sandusky; stepson, DaMarquis C. Brown, of Norwalk; 35 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren; brothers, Otis V. Edwards and Ellis (Jean) Edwards, of Omaha; sisters, Odessa Edwards, of Los Angeles, and Helen Edwards, of Northwood, Mo.; uncle, Martin Stewart, of East St. Louis, Mo.; sister-in-law, Jessie B. Brown, of Sandusky; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 23 years, Mary Z. Brown Edwards; parents; sister, Mary; and a brother, Q.T.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, until funeral services at 1 p.m. at Porters Memorial CME Church, 1722 Third St., Sandusky. The Rev. Floyd Edwards, his nephew, will officiate. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Toft Funeral Home & Crematory, 2001 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be shared at toftfh.com.