PINEHURST, N.C. - Richard Woodward Edens, 83, of Pinehurst, N.C., passed Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, at the FirstHealth Hospice House in Pinehurst. Mr. Edens was born Dec. 14, 1928 in Marion, South Carolina to the late Charles McCall Edens and Neita Burke Edens. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 23, 2011 at The Village Chapel in Pinehurst with the Rev. Glenn Miller officiating. Burial will follow in the McCall Cemetery in Bennettsville, South Carolina. Mr. Edens was honorably discharged in the mid-40s from the U.S. Navy following service during World War II. He began a long and successful career in the insurance and reinsurance business, initially working his way to graduation from the University of South Carolina while employed at Seibels Bruce & Company in Columbia, South Carolina. Thereafter, he obtained several executive positions in the industry with Surety Insurance Company in Greenville, S.C., American Liberty Insurance Company in Birmingham, AL, Pritchard and Baird Inc. in Morristown, NJ, Seaboard Group in Burlington, N.C., until later founding R/I., Inc., a reinsurance brokerage business in Burlington, North Carolina in 1972. Mr. Edens retired in 1996 to the Country Club of North Carolina in Pinehurst where he enjoyed playing golf with his friends. Mr. and Mrs. Edens were long time members of the Village Chapel. Mr. Edens is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Kathleen "Kat" Gibson Edens; two sons, Charles "Greg" G. Edens and fiancé Abby Jones of Stoneville, N.C., and Robert "Bo" Gibson Edens of Pinehurst, N.C.; a daughter, Kathleen "Kathy" Edens Billings of Elon, N.C.; a sister, Mary Jo. Petros of Surfside Beach, S.C.; seven grandchildren, Charles "Charlie" Gregory Edens Jr., Michie McCall Edens, Richard Stuart Edens, Callie M. Snyder, Maggie Billings, Katy Billings, Katie Iverson and three great grandchildren. Mr. Edens was preceded in death by a son, Richard "Woody" W. Edens, and a sister Neita B. Inabnit. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made in memory of Richard Edens to FirstHealth Hospice and Palliative Care 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374. Online condolences can be made to bolesfuneralhome.com Boles Funeral Home of Pinehurst is serving the family.
Published in TheTimesNews.com Burlington, NC from December 22 to December 23, 2011