Billy Gene Edwards, 81, of Cedarville passed away Monday, June 6, 2016. He was born Jan. 22, 1935, to Charlie and Elsie Edwards of Lincoln, who have preceded him in death. He also was preceded in death by his son, Randy L. Edwards; his grandson, Billy L.D. Edwards; his brother, J.D. Edwards; and his sister, Neva Fears of Alma.

He worked for Wards Furniture until it closed. He retired from the Crawford County Road Department. He loved raising, buying, selling and trading cattle, hunting with family and just being outside. Most important was spending time with family, kids, grandkids and great-grandkids and being a part of their lives. He will be missed more than he will even know.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara of the home; his son, Terry W. Edwards and wife Glenda of Cedarville; his daughter, Dana J. Hope and husband Bobby of Booneville; four grandchildren, Chuck Crowley, Jacob Edwards and Rebecca Snyder, all of Cedarville, and Christie Dalton of Greenwood; eight great-grandchildren; his brothers, Charlie "Jr" Edwards and wife Carol and Cliff Edwards and wife Jean of Cane Hill; sisters, Shirley LaRue and husband Ray of Figure Five and Marie Gooch of Van Buren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren with burial at Dripping Springs Cemetery, north of Van Buren, under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.

Pallbearers will be Jim Brown, Tim Brown, Jeff Edwards, Roger Edwards, Greg Snyder and Gaylon Wiseman.

Honorary pallbearers will be Will James "Dill" Lamproe, Chuck Crowley, Keaton Crowley, Jacob Edwards, Tyler Hopewell, Dakota Hopewell, Landon Hopewell and John Bilyeu.

Family will visit with relatives and friends 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Ocker Funeral Home, 700 Jefferson St., Van Buren.

Online tributes: www.ockerfuneralhome.com.