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“Mr. Edwards has always been someone I looked up to. I was very proud of him, especially when I learned of his military background. In later years I...Read More »
1 of 93 | Posted by: Esther Brown Toran - OH

“Mr. Edwards evidently had to be a very extraordinary gentleman. He had a lot to pass on to others and did. He probably had many interesting stories....Read More »
2 of 93 | Posted by: Steele

Mr Edwards at the Alabama Connection Christmas Fundraiser party. “Praying God's comfort on Mr Edwards family. A great man who gave so much to his country. He served his country well for freedom despite those...Read More »
3 of 93 | Posted by: Deborah Jordan - Cincinnati, OH


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5 of 93 | Posted by: Gloria Steagall - Anniston, AL

“You were so important in this life, a true hero. Thank you for your service. ”
6 of 93 | Posted by: Karen Moreno - Medford, OR

“I know God walked that last mile with you, just like I know he was with you all of your life. I didn't get to see you much when we lived in the...Read More »
7 of 93 | Posted by: Evelyn Perkins - Cincinnati, OH

“THANK YOU...my brave airman one will forever be in our history books..BLESSINGS ”
8 of 93 | Posted by: Valenda Newell - INDIANAPOLIS, IN

“What a joy Mr. Leslie was! So young at heart! Pleasure to have known such a great gentleman, who gave so much to the world! What a tremendous...Read More »
9 of 93 | Posted by: Sandra F Dees Dees - Cincinnati, OH

“Mr. Edwards had an amazing gift of somehow knowing when I was discouraged and pulling me aside for a talk. He always seemed to know what I needed...Read More »
10 of 93 | Posted by: Debbie Allen - Cincinnati, OH

“I had the honor of meeting Mr. Edwards several times at various Veteran's Day events. He was a delight to talk with and will be greatly missed. He...Read More »
11 of 93 | Posted by: Dee Daniels - Montgomery, OH

“To the family of my friend 'Les"; we shared many good conversations about the Tuskegee Airmen; as my uncle was an original airman, and one of the...Read More »
12 of 93 | Posted by: A friend

“Thank you Sir for your service to our country and for standing tall when others could not.You will always be remembered. ”
13 of 93 | Posted by: Lora Brown - SARASOTA, FL

“RIP Mr. Edwards. Your smile will never be forgotten. You fought many battles. You will always be a HERO in my heart. ”
14 of 93 | Posted by: Taffy Jackson - Cincinnati, OH

“RIP mr Edwards, and thank you for your service ”
15 of 93 | Posted by: ed butler - beloit, WI

“Thank you for your service. Because of you and many more like you, we live in the greatest country on earth. ”
16 of 93 | Posted by: Joe & Millie FISHER - Elida, OH

“I had the privilege of meeting all of the Tuskegee Airmen when I volunteered at a preschool career day. May the Edwards Family be supported with love...Read More »
17 of 93 | Posted by: BRY - CA

“Thank you Sir so much for your services. Rest well. ”
18 of 93 | Posted by: Carl Hunt - TX

“Thank you Hero! Rest easy. You've certainly earned it. ”
19 of 93 | Posted by: Chris Creech - Hamilton, OH

“Thank you for your service. ”
20 of 93 | Posted by: Linda Fay - Chicago, IL

“May you RIP sir. Thank you. ”
21 of 93 | Posted by: Ben Coleman - Ravenswood, WV

“Our deepest condolences to the family. We pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort you all during this difficult period. ”
22 of 93 | Posted by: A friend

“Thank your your service to our country.Sympathy & prayer's to the family.One of the greatest generation that kept us FREE. Gods speed in heaven.M....Read More »
23 of 93 | Posted by: m Kosh - ft. myers, FL


24 of 93 | Posted by: Jan Walls

“With a thankful heart for his service. Prayers for his family ”
25 of 93 | Posted by: Wanda Kelly Wallace - Carthage, NC


26 of 93 | Posted by: PHIL PURTEE - ORLANDO, FL

“Mr.Leslie EdwardsThank you for your services to Our country that helped America be where it is today, FREE! We applaud you and every service member...Read More »
27 of 93 | Posted by: Stacy - CT

“Mr.Edwards, you got your Wings now,Fly and be Free. ”
28 of 93 | Posted by: Thelma Bell - Tallahassee, FL

“27 SEPTEMBER 2019RIP SSGT EDWARDS. THANKS YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. I AM SO GLAD I GOT TO MEET YOU. MANY BLESSINGS TO YOUR FAMILY. FROM ANOTHER VET. ”
29 of 93 | Posted by: JUDY KETTNER - ANCHORAGE, AK

“May you body be at ease and your soul be at rest, beyond the river, God bless Artis Ac Hudson Sr. ”
30 of 93 | Posted by: - Macon, GA

“Bless u Sir and for yours Service .RIP .Sue WillardGr.Mich. ”
31 of 93 | Posted by: A friend

“Rest in Peace ”
32 of 93 | Posted by: Scott Chamberland - Saint Agatha, ME

“God Bless you Sir and God's Speed. Thank you for your tremendous service to our country. May the "RED TAILS" fly on! Sincerely, Maj Williams ”
33 of 93 | Posted by: Maj Williams - Sugar Grove, IL

“Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss. May your treasured memories of Leslie always fill your heart with love and peace. ”
34 of 93 | Posted by: DC

“God bless you sir thank you for your service. May you be blessed and rest in peace. ”
35 of 93 | Posted by: - Bridgeport, CT

“A true hero and example of perseverance, on of the last of the greatest generation. Thank you for your service and God bless you. ”
36 of 93 | Posted by: Wanda Conrad - Wamego, KS

“Rest in Peace sir... ”
37 of 93 | Posted by: Millicent Craig - Danbury, CT

“I did not know Mr. Edwards Personally, However, I did know of his and his Companies feats, It was men Like him that kept this country free. Sir: I...Read More »
38 of 93 | Posted by: Douglas Brazell - Columbia, SC

“Well done Sir. RIP ”
39 of 93 | Posted by: Annette - VA

“Thank you for your service to our Sir ”
40 of 93 | Posted by: John Wood - Odessa, TX

“Thank you sir for your service. An example for all of a life well lived. Grace and mercy to your family, friends and others who will miss you. ”
41 of 93 | Posted by: Robin Busby - Cincinnati, OH

“Thank you sir for your brave service to our nation. Take your rest . You have greatly earned it. ”
42 of 93 | Posted by: Hope - Hammond, IN

“Condolences to the Edwards Family. Today the Flags in the hearts of every United States Airman fly at Half Staff. Rest In Peace Sir. ”
43 of 93 | Posted by: Michael J. Brown - McDermott, OH

“Extending sincere condolences to Mr. Edwards family and friends. His experience, along with the other Tuskegee Airmen is truly encouraging to many....Read More »
44 of 93 | Posted by: A friend

“God bless you, sir...Thank you for your service ~ Rest in peace. ”
45 of 93 | Posted by: Jane Dowling - Waterbury, CT

“My heart goes out to the family during this time of grief very SORRY for your great loss. ”
46 of 93 | Posted by: A friend

“The men in the famed Tuskegee Airmen were a special cut of men...I salute you and your fellow airmen for your brave service to our country !!!...Read More »
47 of 93 | Posted by: Leon Overcash - NC

“I met and have seen Mr. Edwards a few times in passing and how I wish I took the time to get to know him more. I have known her daughter, Imogene...Read More »
48 of 93 | Posted by: Bronwyn Detalla - Loveland, OH

“I offer my sincere condolences to your family. What a beautiful legacy Mr Edwards has left for his family and a beautiful example of courage for...Read More »
49 of 93 | Posted by: Chris - Charlotte, NC

“It's impossible to fully thank these brave men for serving their great country. They just don't make 'em like that any more. ”
50 of 93 | Posted by: A friend

“Thank you for your service Sir. May you rest in eternal peace. ”
51 of 93 | Posted by: Sharon Wolkiewicz - Pittsburgh, PA

“Sir, Officer Edwards I do not know how to thank you for your military service. Gen. MacArthur said "Old soldiers never die . they just fade away"...Read More »
52 of 93 | Posted by: Jose Alvarez (Korean War Veteran) - NJ

“Rest in peace. ”
53 of 93 | Posted by: Shelley Taylor - Trenton, NJ


54 of 93 | Posted by: Joan Walton - Columbus, GA

“My sincere condolences to the Edwards Family. May the God of all comfort provide you all the strength to cope with your loss ”
55 of 93 | Posted by: A friend

“Thank you for service to our country. God bless you sir, you are a great American. ”
56 of 93 | Posted by: A friend

“mr Edwards you are truly an American hero thank you for your service to our country rip ”
57 of 93 | Posted by: ben nerney - jersey city, NJ

“As a Vietnam pilot, I know what those Tuskegee airman thought about those who gave them safe aircraft to fly.May our LORD shower his love and grace...Read More »
58 of 93 | Posted by: A friend

“rip mr Edwards you are truly an American hero ”
59 of 93 | Posted by: ben nerney - jersey city, NJ

“Thank you for your service sir, May you rip a life well lived ”
60 of 93 | Posted by: Charles Williams - Erie, PA

“Condolences to Mr Edwards family. What a brave man who served our country well! Rest in peace for a job well done. ”
61 of 93 | Posted by: Yvonne - MI

“Thank you for your service. It is truly an honor to serve this country of ours following in the foot steps of great airmen that have paved the way...Read More »
62 of 93 | Posted by: Brian Dusablon - Colchester, VT

“Condolences to the family of Mr. Edwards. A legacy of courage. Sorry to hear of your loss. ”
63 of 93 | Posted by: A friend

“My sincere condolences to the family. May memories comfort you and prayers strengthen you during this time. ”
64 of 93 | Posted by: A friend

“Thank you Mr. Edwards for your service to our Country. You made America safe for your fellow Americans. Your love of our country is greatly...Read More »
65 of 93 | Posted by: connie colvin - mapleton, IL

“My condolences to the Edwards family, the contribution made will never be forgotten, truly a loss for so many. ”
66 of 93 | Posted by: A friend

“Thank you for your service to our country. Bill Moore (X-USMC) ”
67 of 93 | Posted by: Bill Moore - Red Hook, NY

“Thank you for your Service, "May You Rest in Peace, AMEN" ! ”
68 of 93 | Posted by: Donald Iafrate - Johnston, RI

“Les...our world is full of imitation heroes, people who garner attention, look for accolades, and expect privileges. You were part of the Greatest...Read More »
69 of 93 | Posted by: Bill McKenna - Maineville, OH

“R.I.P.FTMY, FL. ”
70 of 93 | Posted by: A friend

“Men like Mr. Edwards were a special breed of men. Our country owes them our very freedom. Thank you sir and God bless. ”
71 of 93 | Posted by: A friend


72 of 93 | Posted by: pauline jackson - tallahassee, FL

“R.I.H. Job well done thou good and faithful servant.... thanks for your years of service to our country..you are indeed a hero to our nation...may...Read More »
73 of 93 | Posted by: Gloria Laulusa - POWDER SPGS, GA

“We are saddened for the loss of your dearly beloved Father. May the God of tender mercies be with you all. Please know that our loving Heavenly...Read More »
74 of 93 | Posted by: A friend

“Mr. Edwards,The accounts of heroism from the Tuskegee Airman will be told and appreciated in perpetuity. Thank you for your service, and other noble...Read More »
75 of 93 | Posted by: - CA

“Thank you for your service and may God bless you ”
76 of 93 | Posted by: A friend


77 of 93 | Posted by: Cynthia Herd - SOUTH HADLEY, MA

“Rest Leslie, until you hear at dawn, the low, clear reveille of God.Thank you for your service to this nation. ”
78 of 93 | Posted by: Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ

“Thank you sir, for your utmost of service to this country. ”
79 of 93 | Posted by: A friend

“Much respect to Mr. Edwards for the history making work he s done our culture and for the world. May the God of all comfort be with his family. ”
80 of 93 | Posted by: A friend

“I am sadden by the passing of my friend Mr. Edwards but I am also honored that I was able to share both the university that I formerly worked at and...Read More »
81 of 93 | Posted by: Kevin Corey - Cincinnati - friend

“Mr. Edwards, we honor you for your service. My deepest sympathies to your family and friends. ”
82 of 93 | Posted by: Bambi McKibbon-Turner - FL

“R.I.P. Mr. Edwards, You served our country well. God Bless You and your family. ”
83 of 93 | Posted by: Beverly Perko - Highland, IN

“May God and your treasured memories give you comfort during this most sad and difficult time. ”
84 of 93 | Posted by: - C.O.

“Thank you for your service Sir. ”
85 of 93 | Posted by: Ron Howard - Redmond, OR

“May you rest in peace! Thank you for Service. ”
86 of 93 | Posted by: Corine Taylor - Gainesville, FL

“Thank you Sir for your service to our country and to us, her citizens. May you rest in eternal peace. ”
87 of 93 | Posted by: Cabot & Libby Barden - Talladega, AL

“Mr. Edwards - your service was so valuable to the war effort. Thank you for your service and may you rest in peace. ”
88 of 93 | Posted by: Pat Wilson - Columbus, OH


89 of 93 | Posted by: Ann Stokman - Greendale, WI

“Mr Edward's spoke at my father's home going 2014 Tuskegee Airmen Nicholas Neblett..impressive spokesman!! ”
90 of 93 | Posted by: Nicholas Neblett jr - Cincinnati, OH

“You have touched so many hearts and been an inspiration in people lives. The times me and your great grandchildren Billy and Bri'Ana spent with you...Read More »
91 of 93 | Posted by: Angie Darby - Cincinnati, OH

“Les Edwards was a warrior, a champion for civil rights and a teacher of love and wisdom. I am honored to have known Les. He made this world a better...Read More »
92 of 93 | Posted by: Richard Thornton - Bowling Green, KY

“Mr. Edwards was a dear man and fellow member of The Gathering at Northern Hills. His smile, humor and wisdom will be deeply missed. My husband Bob...Read More »
93 of 93 | Posted by: LINDA GUTOWSKI - Cincinnati, OH


Army

Edwards, Jr.Leslie, loving father of Diana Henry (Joseph), Imogene Bowers (Leroy, Jr.) Luqman Abdu Rahman (Khadijah) and Jacqueline Parrott. Notably, he was the oldest living Tuskegee Airman in the Greater Cincinnati area. Passed Monday, September 23, 2019 Age 95 years. Funeral Service on Friday, October 4, 2019 at 11:00 AM at First Unitarian Church, 536 Linton St. visitation from 9:30am until 11am at First Unitarian Church . Wake Thursday, October 3, 2019 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM at J.C. Battle & Sons Funeral Home. Burial at Vine Street Hill Cemetery, Cincinnati, Oh.with Full Military Honors. Special online condolences for family and friends may be expressed at http://www.jcbattleandsonsfuneralhome.com BIOGRAPHY _____________________________________________________ A DOCUMENTED ORIGINAL TUSKEGEE AIRMAN Staff Sgt / Flight Chief - Leslie Edwards, Jr. Leslie Edwards, Jr. was born 9 August 1924 in Memphis, TN. He was the youngest of three children. His father worked as a bellhop and his mother looked after the children. The family moved from Memphis to Cincinnati, OH in 1925. Before dropping out of high school in 1938, he attended Harriet Beecher Stowe School in Cincinnati. He worked at several jobs before settling at Khan's Packinghouse in 1941. He married Anne Mae Green in 1943. He was drafted into the Army Air Corp in 1943. His basic training was at Shepperd Field, TX. After basic, Leslie was trained as an aircraft engine mechanic for medium bombers. Following training, he was assigned to Selfridge Field outside Detroit, MI. There he worked on bombers belonging to the 477th Bombardment Group Medium. There were four (4) Tuskegee Airmen Bomber Squadrons during World War ... READ MORE →

Military Service
U.S. Army • Staff Sergeant
July 1943 through November 1945, Lockbourne Air Force Base