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Kilby Joe Edwards Sr., age 75, of Backbone Ridge, Clinchco, passed away Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at his home.

Born in Dickenson County, he was a son of the late Elliot Ray and McCartha Inez Taylor Edwards.

Kilby Joe had made his home in Locust Hill for 41 years. He stayed at his home place on Backbone Ridge in Clinchco during the summer months, raising a vegetable garden and working at different projects around his home which he loved. He was of the Baptist faith and was last employed as a county real estate assessor in Gloucester.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Casey Denver Edwards and Jeff Taylor Edwards.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Elizabeth Edwards; a son, Kilby Joe Edwards Jr. of Dallas, Texas; a daughter, Elizabeth Joanne (Mike) Bailey of North Carolina; one granddaughter, Samantha Elizabeth Bailey; five sisters, Gladys J. Counts of Clintwood, Virginia; Juanita Sneeujagt of Clintwood, Jeanette (Bob) Mullins of Florida, Deborah (Rick) Adkins of Florida, and Vonda (Larry) Mullins of Clintwood, and brothers, Elmer C. Edwards of North Carolina, Roger (Frances) Edwards of Clintwood, Kedric Con (Patty) Edwards of Castlewood, and Todd Chan (Charlotte) Edwards of Clinchco.

Funeral services were conducted at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 28, 2017, at Haysi Funeral Home with Joe Glenn Sluss officiating. Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 29 at Elliot Ray Edwards Cemetery, Clinchco.  Family and friends served as pallbearers. The family received friends after 2 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home prior to the funeral service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bone Cancer Research. Online condolences may be sent to

Haysi Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.