C. Morgan Edwards
C. Morgan Edwards: Loving Father and Grandfather, Good Friend, Proud Soldier, and Pioneer
By Theresa Edwards Nahon and Hayley Edwards
We are saddened to announce that our father, Mr. Colvin Morgan Edwards, 81, of Charlotte, NC passed away Saturday, August 16, 2020 at University Place Nursing and Rehabilitation Center following a year long struggle with the debilitating effects of a major stroke.
Our father was born September 21, 1938, the only child to Colvin Marshall and Novella (Ramseur) Edwards. It has been said that as the only child, our Dad’s gregarious personality and courageous, often defiant life decisions were a result of the privilege and sometimes heavy burden of being the sole recipient of the unlimited love, pride, and heartfelt scrutiny of his accomplished parents, one a school teacher, the other a pioneering photographer.
Through the many stories that he told us over the years—some more than once—we learned that in spite of the loving watchful eye of his parents, Little Morgan still found a way to be a little rascally, rebellious, and opinionated. He dreamt of a life larger than what his beloved West Charlotte community could offer, so after graduating from West Charlotte High School, and Johnson C. Smith University, our father entered the United States Navy as one of the first Black men to attend Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Rhode Island, and complete the air indoctrination course at the Naval Aviation Schools Command in Pensacola Florida.
Although he conceded that this accomplishment and all of the missions, training, and promotions that followed were a struggle, he beamed with pride when he spoke of his ascent to the rank of Commander, and proudly displayed the trinkets and keepsakes he gathered from adventures in travel that he may only have been able to experience through his service in the Navy.
It was, in fact, the Navy that brought him to Philadelphia where he met and married our mother with whom he built our little family. After active duty, he continued with the Navy as a reservist while actively pursuing a career in politics, spending many years as a lobbyist in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He attended the Wharton Kennedy School of Government, and earned various certifications in everything from Mediation to Real Estate as his professional career lead him through political appointments in Washington, DC, and a six year tenure as the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Programs for the North Carolina Department of Transportation during which, he often recounted with great enthusiasm, he was responsible for the dedication section of highway to Michael Jordan. Several appointments and positions followed, and he finally settled back in his beloved Charlotte, where he held a Real Estate license through his final days.
Our father was, by all accounts, a character. His friendly, outgoing personality endeared him to people from all walks of life. Through his illness and subsequent passing, our father has offered us a glimpse into his life that was full of fun and friends, and a little hardship. We would like to thank all of the friends and neighbors who have reached out to us over the past year, particularly Pat Copeland, JC Cousar, and our brother-from-another-mother Andre Mayfield, without whom our ride on this final journey would have been infinitely more difficult—bless you, friends.
With all that can be said about our father, what’s best to remember is that he was a man who lived his life on his own terms and dealt with the consequences of his choices—good or bad--with courage and dignity. He is survived by daughter Hayley Edwards; daughter, Theresa Edwards Nahon and her husband, son-in-law, Joel Nahon; granddaughter, Jadyn Nahon; and several other beloved family members.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Arrangements are with Long and Son Funeral Home.
The gallery below is a tribute to C. Morgan Edwards
from his family and friends.