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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Charles E. Edwards, 88, of St. Petersburg and Muscatine.

Charlie Edwards, the man, the legend, went home to Glory on Feb. 16, 2017, never to suffer again. Strong, determined, loving and kind — his infectious smile made everyone feel as if they were Number 1. Charlie will be remembered for his long talks, ongoing jokes, enormous generosity and for his many friends all around the world. All knew him as a man who never, never, never gave up.

Charlie was born Oct. 31, 1928, in Norlina, North Carolina, to Clyde and Lorena Edwards. He graduated from Norlina High School in 1945 and North Carolina State in 1950. He was inducted into the M&E Engineering Hall of Fame in 2013, its inaugural year. In 1942, at the age of 14, he was the youngest recipient of a pilot’s license in North Carolina. Charlie achieved the rank of captain during his service in the U.S. Air Force. He traveled the world during his successful careers at Dayco, and then as President and CEO of Bandag Inc. Charlie is survived by his devoted bride of 67 years, Linda; children Chuck Edwards (LeeAnn) and Kay Bronstein (Joel); and grandsons Chas and JB. Rest in peace dear husband, father, Pops and friend.

A celebration of a life well lived will be March 18, 2017, at Anderson-McQueen, Tyrone-Bobbitt Chapel, 7820 38th Ave. N, St. Petersburg, FL 33710. Internment in Norlina, North Carolina. In lieu of flowers, memorials may go to Norlina Methodist Church, Alice Lloyd College, Pippa Passes, Kentucky or a charity of your choice. Online memorial and guestbook at www.andersonmcqueen.com.

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