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Octavia Edwards CharlesOctavia Edwards Charles, 90, passed away peacefully in the arms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on November 14, 2008 at Mainland Medical Center, in Texas City.

On March 10, 1918, a baby girl named Octavia “Tex” Edwards was born in Palmetto, LA to the late Paul and Mary Witherall Edwards. She attended school in Palmetto, and was a  member of Palmetto (New Life) Church of God. She worked as a transportation foreman until her retirement, and was a long time member of the NAACP, and worked with Julian Bond for many years. Octavia always enjoyed fishing, cooking, entertaining, and most of all helping others.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; daughters, Ollie Watkins: Mildred Collins, and Judy Wheeler; six brothers, eight sisters, six grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and three sons-in-law. 

She leaves to cherish memories, husband, North Charles; daughters: Silver Mae McCoy; Frankie Mae Jules; Nettie Jean Benson, and Janell Charles-Wells; sons: Leonard Tommy Collins; Charles Collins; Eldridge Allen Collins; John Charles, and Ray Charles (Chanel); sister, Essie Mae Wiley of San Francisco, CA; brother: Elder Sam Edwards of Opelousas, LA; Godchild, Willie Mae McBride; 80 grandchildren, 85 great grandchildren, 35 great great grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives. 

Visitation will begin at 4PM on today, November 20, 2008, followed by a wake from 7-8PM at Bible Way Baptist Church in Galveston.  There will also be a wake Friday, November 21st from7-9PM at Church of God Campground, in Palmetto, LA. A service celebrating her life will be at 12 Noon, Saturday, November 22, 2008, also at the Church of  God Campground with Rev. Dale Fontenot officiating. Burial will follow at New Life Church Cemetery in Palmetto.



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