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Halifax County businessman, civic leader dies

Sterling Edmunds, a lifelong Halifax County resident, businessman and community leader, died surrounded by family Tuesday. 

He was 80-years-old.

A community and business leader, Edmunds was remembered for his keen sense of humor, charitable disposition, love of nature and fondness for his hometown of Halifax where he could be seen walking the sidewalks with his faithful canine companion, Ned, his beloved Welsh Terrier. 

After attending Penn State and graduating from North Carolina State University, Edmunds joined his father in the family ice cream and dairy business, Blue Ribbon Creamery. 

Later he operated distributorships for Sealtest and Flavor-Rich. 

Edmunds was an avid golfer and gun enthusiast, who also looked forward to going on rides on his motorcycle.  

Raising, training and showing Tennessee Walking horses were a loved hobby.  

He was a lover of nature and all animals, and visiting his cabin on Buggs Island Lake.  

Music was a passion, and he enjoyed supporting The Prizery in South Boston.  

He loved his hometown and was happy taking weekly drives through the county. 

Inspired by his strong Christian values, family and friends said Edmunds dedicated his life to quietly helping the needy and set a strong example of his extraordinary faith and discipline. 

He was the son of Paul Carrington Edmunds Sr. and Louise Bouldin Edmunds.  

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ann Chesley Edmunds; three children, Sterling Edmunds Jr., and wife Nancy, Ann Tyler Allen and husband Roy and Paul Carrington Edmunds II and wife Deborah all of Richmond.  

He also is survived by seven granddaughters, Chesley Edmunds, Cabell Edmunds, Paige Edmunds, Carter Allen, Meg Allen, Grace Edmunds and Bobbie Edmund all of Richmond. 

He also is survived by his nephew, James Easley Edmunds II, of Halifax.

A 1 p.m. funeral will be held Friday, July 20, at First Presbyterian Church in South Boston. Interment will follow at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Halifax.  

The family will receive friends following the burial at his home, 1030 Mountain Road, Halifax. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to The Faison School for Autism 1701 Byrd Avenue, Richmond, VA 23230, First Presbyterian Church 800 N. Main Street, South Boston, VA 24592 or Liberty Godparent Foundation 1 Mountain View, Lynchburg, VA 24514.