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Mary Louise “Dootsie” Edwards

Mary Edwards Newspaper copyMary Louise “Dootsie” Edwards, 78, of Erwin, passed away Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at the Johnson City Medical Center. She was a native of Unicoi County and a daughter of the late Hubert and Atlas Whitson Metcalf. Louise was a loving homemaker. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church where she had 35 years perfect attendance, taught Sunday school and sang in the choir. Louise was a member of the Eastern Star and enjoyed reading the Bible and attending Church. In addition to her parents, Louise is preceded in death by a sister, Janice Adkins and a brother, Howard Metcalf.


Mary Louise “Dootsie” Edwards has left behind to cherish her memories:

Husband: Arnold Edwards of Erwin;

Sons: Darrell Edwards of Abingdon, VA,

Ricky Edwards and wife, Tracy of Erwin;

Grandchildren: Rachel Edwards of Erwin,

Jason Edwards and wife, Jaclyn of Erwin;

Great Grandchildren: Hayden Edwards, Ryland Shelton, Alivia Edwards, Presley Edwards, and

Paislee Gouge;

Brothers: Junior Metcalf and wife, Brenda of Erwin,

Jack Metcalf and wife, Nancy of Erwin;

Sister-in-law: Betty Metcalf of Erwin;

Brother-in-law: Max Adkins of Erwin;

Several Nieces and Nephews.


The family would like to thank the Intensive Care Unit of Johnson City Medical Center for all of their care and efforts.


The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Mary Louise “Dootsie” Edwards in a funeral service to be at 7:00 PM, Saturday, March 18, 2017 in the Chapel of Valley Funeral Home. Bishop John Edwards will officiate. Vocal selections will be under the direction of Alan Morefield. A visitation period to share memoires and offer support to the family will begin at 5:00 PM and will continue until service time on Saturday at Valley Funeral Home. A committal service will be held at 10:00 AM, Sunday, March 19, 2017 at Evergreen Cemetery. Those who wish to attend will meet at Valley Funeral Home on Sunday by 9:30 AM to go in procession to Evergreen Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Jason Edwards, Randy Metcalf, Thomas Adkins, Jordan Johnson, Terry Johnson, Ray Webb, and Randy Ledford.


Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at These arrangements were made especially for the family and friends of Mary Louise “Dootsie” Edwards through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave, Erwin, 423-743-9187.