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Richard Jack Edenfield

Male 1854 - 1923  (69 years)


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  • Name Richard Jack Edenfield  [1
    Born 1 Jan 1854  Emanuel, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1860  District 53, Emanuel, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Age: 6 
    Died 9 Mar 1923  Augusta, Richmond, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • DEATH YESTERDAY OF R.J. EDENFIELD

      Prominent Citizen and Member of Police Commission Passes Away Quietly Here After Long Illness

      Richard J. Edenfield, one of Augusta's most prominent citizens, a member of the Civil Service Commission, and proprietor of the Dreamland Theatre, died shortly after 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon at his residence, 816 Fifteenth Street. Mr. Edenfield had been in ill health for some time. Only a day before his death he had suffered a relapse, but a slight improvement was shown in his condition and hopes were held out for his recovery at that time. All that medical skill could offer was done for him but to no avail and at 5:05 o'clock yesterday afternoon with his family at his bedside, he passed quietly away.

      Mr. Edenfield was 69 years old and had been a resident of Augusta for thirty-one years, coming to Augusta from Waynesboro where he was in the oil mill business. He was born in Swainsboro, GA.

      As soon as he came to Augusta he went into the electrical business and was a pioneer in that business here, having been one of the first in Augusta to enter the electrical field on a large scale as a manufacturer of electrical supplies. The name of Moore and Edenfield, electrical manufacturers, was known throughout this section of the country. He later went out of this business to enter the motion picture field and became the proprietor of the Dreamland Theatre, which since its opening has been one of the most successful enterprises in Augusta.

      For the past sixteen years, Mrs. Edenfield had been a member of the police commission. He was a member of the police commission seven years before the present civil service commission was established. Among the police and firemen he was affectionately known as "Boss" Edenfield. The welfare of the men on the two departments was always foremost in his mind and he worked hard and tirelessly to build up the departments and make conditions better for its members.

      Mr. Edenfield will be greatly missed by the members of the two departments who could always count upon his sympathy whenever they were in trouble.

      As a member of the commission which rules the police and fire department, Mr. Edenfield was a firm believer in discipline and would not countenance for a moment any insubordination by members of the department officers, while on the other hand, he would not hastily judge a man accused of this until a fair and impartial trial had been given him. He was quick to sympathize with any of the members who had troubles and was their personal adviser at all times. He will, for these sterling qualities, be greatly missed by the men who served under him and who knew and respected him so much.

      The funeral will be held from the residence Sunday afternoon, the time to be announced later.

      He is survived by his wife Mrs. Lulu A. Edenfield; one son, Homer E. Edenfield; two sisters, Mrs. Andrew L. Brown and Mrs. Ida Deal, of Swainsboro; one brother E.H. Edenfield of Midville, Ga.

      The following gentlemen will act as pallbearers: Honorary, Dr. J.R. Littleton, E.G. Kalbfleisch, L.S. Davis, Wm. Bell and Frank A. White. Active: Dr. W.H. Anderson, Eugene Beall, R.L. Horne, M.L. Brown, L.C. Edelbult and C.K. Newall.

      March 10, 1923,p. 5A, col. 4, Sat.,
      Augusta Chronicle,Vol. CXXXIX, No. 69

      BURIAL YESTERDAY OF RICHARD J. EDENFIELD
      Beloved Public Official Laid to Rest at Westover.

      The funeral of Richard J. Edenfield, civil service commissioner, who died last Friday, was held from the residence, 816 Fifteenth Street, yesterday afternoon. The funeral was largely attended. Hundreds of beautiful floral designs hid the casket from view. The floral tributes spoke of the high esteem in which Mr. Edenfield was held.

      Rev. Charles H. Kopp, who officiated at the service, spoke highly of Mr. Edenfield and of the good he had accomplished for the city of Augusta during his life. The most touching scene was when the large delegation from the fire and police departments filed past the open casket with bared heads and looked for the last time on their late commissioner who is life meant so much to them. Here and there could be seen a trickling tear coursing down the seamed faces of the guardians of the law and the firefighters.

      The interment was held in the Westover Cemetery where hundreds stood with bared heads to pay their last tribute to their friend.

      March 12, 1923,p. 5A, col. 6, Mon.
      Augusta Chronicle,Vol. CXXXIX, No. 71
    Buried Westover Memorial Park, Augusta, Richmond, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I31658  tng Genealogy

    Father James Herrington Edenfield,   b. 3 Mar 1825, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Sep 1891, Emanuel, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Lucretia Virginia Coleman,   b. 25 Apr 1835, Emanuel, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Mar 1892, Emanuel, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F11017  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Almira Louise Sutton,   b. 3 Jul 1852, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Feb 1937, Augusta, Richmond, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Homer Eugene Edenfield,   b. 14 Oct 1877, Waynesboro, Burke, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1946, Augusta, Richmond, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)  [natural]
    Family ID F11018  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1 Jan 1854 - Emanuel, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Age: 6 - 1860 - District 53, Emanuel, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 9 Mar 1923 - Augusta, Richmond, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S354] 1860 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2004;).
      Year: 1860; Census Place: District 53, Emanuel, Georgia; Roll: M653_120; Page: 907; Image: 368; Family History Library Film: 803120
      http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1860usfedcenancestry&h=11055191&indiv=try
      [ View Federal Census Document]

    2. [S122] FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/96228966
      http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=96228966.