Mattie Shepherd Russ Edwards, died on October 16, 2014. Sheppy was born on December 2, 1941, in Elizabethtown, NC, and was the oldest child of William Love Russ and Gladys Worthington Blackburn Russ. She is survived by her children Norman Jefferson (Jeff) Edwards, Jr. (Harriett) of Wake Forest, Wendy Love Edwards Sharpe (Ron) of Cary, and Jennifer Lynn Edwards Jones (Freddie) of Fuquay-Varina; three granddaughters, Victoria Love Sharpe, Kristen Cheryl Jones, and Olivia Carrie Jones; one brother, William Love (Bill) Russ, Jr. (Janet) of Lexington, SC; two sisters, Ellen Russ Zuber (Ray) of Calabash, and Anna Russ Johnson (Lynn) of Garland; brother-in-law Dennis Hawes (Martha); and numerous extended family and friends. The family will receive friends and family on Saturday, October 18, 2014, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Bladen Gaskins Funeral Home, 3131 Martin Luther King Drive, Elizabethtown, NC. Services will be conducted Sunday, October 19, 2014, at 3:00 pm at Sandy Grove Baptist Church, 8299 NC 242 Hwy S, Bladenboro, NC. Burial will follow in Elizabethtown Cemetery. A full obituary is available at: bladenfuneralhome.com
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