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Paul Thomas “Tommy” Edwards Jr.

Posted By Hall-Wynne On September 25, 2018 @ 8:36 am In Durham,News,Obituaries | 12 Comments

In Memorial

Paul Thomas Edwards Jr., known to many as “Tommy” or “P.T.”, passed away Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 at his home in Durham. Visitation with the family will be held Wednesday, September 26th at Hall-Wynne in Durham from 1pm to 2pm, with Funeral Services shortly after. Interment will take place on Thursday, September 27th at Grandview Memorial Park in Clinton, NC.
A proud member of the U.S. Army’s Airborne Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol, he remained a staunch patriot, and kept in close contact with the other brave men in his unit throughout his life. A lover of music, he taught himself to play the electric and steel guitar in his youth, subsequently playing in live bands for several years. Also a bit of a gearhead, he happily spent time in his life racing, modifying, and loving cars. He spent 41 years working in Duke Hospital’s Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology, and was a long-time member of the Divers Alert Network (DAN.) He retired from Duke in 2009 and spent his remaining years enjoying time with his family and friends, doting on his beloved cats, and was often found “front porch sittin'” with his long-time neighbor “Bennie” Bradley watching the world go by.
He is preceded in death by his mother (Virginia Nichols) and his step-father (Jack “J.B.” Nichols.) He is survived by his wife (Diane Edwards) his daughter (Amanda Vogan) his sister (Carolyn LeTrent) and his beloved Ragdoll cats (Izzy and Ozzy)
A funeral services will be at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service Chapel on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 2:30.
Family will receive friends and family from 1:30-2 pm in the chapel prior to the service.
Entombment will be Thursday, September 27, 2018 at Grandview and Hillcrest Memorial Park in Clinton, NC.


Condolences for the family of “Paul Thomas “Tommy” Edwards Jr.”

Condolence from Kevin Kraft on September 25th, 2018 8:59 am

Debbie and I am going to miss PT so much!! He was one hell of a guy and we had so many great time together both at work and outside of work! Dianne and Amanda you are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time! Love you PT!

Condolence from Ray & Debbie Holloman on September 25th, 2018 10:58 am

Praying for his family, we pray that God will give comfort.

Condolence from Bobbie Rose on September 25th, 2018 12:52 pm

I worked with Tommy for many years @ the Duke Hyperbaric Center.
He was always so happy -go-lucky and glad to tell you his assessment of something or anything.
He knew his business, though.
He would be sitting at the console and say to Barry “We need to check that valve…” and sure enough , the valve would need adjusting.
Always felt safe inside the chamber when he was driving.
Godspeed, Tommy.

Condolence from Keith Roberts on September 25th, 2018 7:24 pm

I always enjoyed his company and never grew tired of him playing Amos Moses.

Condolence from Jayne Williams Barnwell on September 29th, 2018 2:42 pm

I remember that too Keith. Great Man!

Condolence from Lynn Cox Garrett on September 25th, 2018 10:28 pm

My first job was working at the Hyperbaric Center in 1977. Tommy was always the life of the party and had a great sense of humor. In the past few years I’ve seen him while shopping for red wine 😉 He had the best smile and laugh. He was truly loved and will be missed. Prayers for his family.

Condolence from Rebecca Padilla on September 26th, 2018 6:20 am

I had the honor to work with Tommy in the Hyperbaric Chamber. I will always remember him for his patriotic pride, his love for music, his dedication to his work and love for his family. Always wore a smile, and had a hardy laugh you could never forget. Farewell good friend. Prayers for peace and comfort for Diane and Amanda.

Condolence from Mary Cephas on September 26th, 2018 3:23 pm

May the peace of God that surpasses all thought comfort and strengthen you during this challenging time.

Condolence from patsy Yates on September 27th, 2018 8:06 am

Diane
I was so sorry to see that Tommy passed away, my thoughts are with you.
I really don’t remember how many years I have known you two, way back at NCNB, Bank of America.
Patsy Yates

Condolence from Rickie W. Creech on September 27th, 2018 8:55 am

My heart goes out to Diane, Amanda and to all the family. I wish things were different. But as my Dad would have said, it was to be that way. What I can do is I can pray for the family. I can be available to help or comfort as best I can. I am only a phone call away. May God bless you and comfort you in these days of mourning. Love you Always. Rick.

Condolence from Karen on September 29th, 2018 10:06 am

One of my favorite family members! Too many stories of good and I mean good times! That laugh and the Donald Duck voice, cannon balls, the hilarious comments, and the best spaghetti I’ve ever eaten and of course when I was old enough the wine. All memories I’ll never forget! And the music!!!!! He was definitely a party in himself. I’ll miss you uncle Tommy. Durham and the cement pond will never be the same without you!

Condolence from Jayne Williams Barnwell on September 29th, 2018 2:40 pm

My sister, Julie & I have some very fond memories of this man. He was always so much fun and was a great friend of my dad, Billy Williams. I know he’s with the whole “Piedmont Travelers” gang now, probably oickin’ & grinin! Rest in Peace PT!

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