April 7, 1947 ~ January 20, 2021

Born in: Knoxville, TN
Resided in: Grayson, GA

David Joseph Edmondson, 73, of Grayson, Ga. and formerly of Maryville, Tenn., passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2021, at Eastside Medical Center in Snellville, Ga. He had been battling COVID-19 for two months.

Mr. Edmondson was born April 7, 1947, in Knoxville, Tenn., a son of Jack and Ruthie Edmondson of Maryville. He was preceded in death by his father and mother and a sister, Sara Edmondson Markey. He was a graduate of Maryville High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He worked in sales for more than 40 years and retired from ABM Industries in 2018.

Mr. Edmondson is survived by his wife of 41 years, Lisa Moore Edmondson; daughter Rachel Edmondson Whittaker (Allen) of Brookhaven, Ga.; son Travis David Edmondson (Erin) of Atlanta; and a grandson, Miles Baker Edmondson; sister Dede Edmondson Covert (Bill) of Kelso, Wash.; brother John Edmondson (Susan) of Maryville, Tenn.

A private service will be held Sunday at Wages & Sons in Lawrenceville, Ga. A graveside service will be held at Magnolia Cemetery in Maryville, Tenn. at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition in memory of Sara Edmondson Markey or to Ruthe’s Fund at 9735 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, Tenn. 37922.

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  1. I met David through his business in Florida and I found him to be one of the most professional and ethical people I ever did business with. Later, he became more of a friend and all I can say is as great as he was in business, he was a way better person. I am lucky to have known him and my prayers go out to his family. David doesn’t need my prayers as he’s in heaven!

  2. CandleImageDavid and I were classmates at Maryville High school and he was known as great guy. My condolences and love go out to all his family and friends.

  3. CandleImageLisa, Rachel, Travis,
    We will never forget him. His kindnesses were many and his love much. I’m so grateful we have Jesus’s promises to lean on
    Love & prayers
    Susan and Charles Kirkman

  4. CandleImageDear Rachel and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. Knowing what I know about you Rachel, he was an amazing, father, husband, uncle, son and friend to so many. Your family will be in my prayers. Hugs sweet friend!
    Your ACR Colleague,

  5. CandleImageRachel – I’m truly saddened to learn of your family’s loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My heartfelt condolences.

  6. CandleImageLisa and Family,
    I so sorry. David always was smiling and pleasure to be around. Constant motion and enjoying life. Love and hugs are coming your way.
    Donna Hilton

  7. CandleImageLisa, I’m so sorry for your loss. You and your family will continue to be in my prayers.
    Love you,

  8. We were friends for years when we both attended Cannon UMC. David was kind, giving and seemed always happy. He now lives in God’s house and I’ll see him again one day. Prayers Lisa.

  9. CandleImageDavid was a role model and mentor of mine in business. I first met him in Nashville as helped our operations team retain a key account. That started a friendship that lasted until this day. He was always engaged and encouraging. We shared conversations about family, faith and sports every time we talked. He’s a man of authenticity. Praying for peace of his family. I grieve with you all.

  10. Lisa and family, We were so sorry to hear of David’s passing. Sadly, we don’t see you all much. But we never remember seeing David without a big, joyous grin on his face. May God bless you and keep you. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  11. CandleImageI worked with David for several years and got to know him well. He was a man of high integrity, a pleasant personality who seldom had an ill word about anything. We often visited clients traveling the back roads of GA with lots of windshield time for talking. My last time doing this was on a visit to the Darlington School in NW GA. We somehow ended up passing through Cedartown GA eating at a little BBQ place. His passing is a loss for us, but a gain for Heaven. He will be missed. We’ll be praying for Lisa and the family. God bless.

  12. Dear Lisa, your husband was the best neighbor ever, and a fine man. If I were to be speaking with friends and discovered they also knew David, the response was always the similar..what a good, kind and genuine person. That’s the greatest testament ever. More than once did he cut our lawn while we were away, without a request to do so. It meant so much! Love

  13. David and I met in 1972 and became great friends immediately. We were in each other’s wedding and stayed in touch through the years. David was the best friend anyone could ever have and my life was enriched by knowing him. I am heartbroken by his passing and am already looking forward to reconnecting in Eternity. Prayers for Lisa, Rachel, Travis and the rest of David’s family.

  14. CandleImageSo heartbroken for Lisa and the family. We were really pulling for Dave. Some of our first friends when we came to Georgia, neighbors on the same street, our sons were buddies and classmates, we attended church together. Dave and I had our “traditional coincidence” where we had our dentist appts. same day every year( I started asking to be scheduled when he was). We would meet and chat to catch up and enjoyed it so much. When I dragged him out to the church softball games I called him my Secret Southpaw. He and Rob Stegall had the only gray hair on the team. He would wear his glasses, walk to the plate a little bow legged, and promptly whack it to the right field fence and clear the bases! One of many great memories. Like us I hope everyone can dwell on the fun times that were and not what might have been. Dave was such a bright light that will continue to shine in our hearts forever. All our love to Lisa, Travis, Rachel and their families.

  15. I was introduced to David through my friend Steve Goodroe. David was Steve’s roommate in Nashville and I owned a condo very close by. Steve was in David and Lisa’s wedding and later David and I were in Steve and Linda’s wedding. We were all Sigma Chi’s. I haven’t had a lot of interaction with David in recent years but when Steve let me know he was in the hospital I had the opportunity to text David on several occasions. I even received a call from Johnny and at the point I thought things were improving. I am so saddened by David’s death but am so encouraged by all the comments speaking about his faith and the knowledge that he is in Jesus’ arms. None of us are promised tomorrow so it is important to love our family and friends today!

  16. Lisa, I am so sorry for you and your children at this time. I pray for God’s comfort for you and the family

  17. Rachel, I was very saddened to learn about your father’s untimely death. I can see from the obituary and comments that he was a good, fun, loving, and smart person. My condolences to you and your family. May his memory be a blessing.

  18. Dear Lisa, Rachel, Travis and family~ Bob and I were saddened to learn of David’s passing. I don’t ever remember seeing him when he did not have a smile on his face. We prayed that he might be able to come home. Well, he did come home, to his Father. We will see him and be with him again one day. We know that he’s not in pain now. Our hearts are broken for you and your loss. I know God will carry you through the hard times and give you peace and comfort.

  19. CandleImageDavid and I go way back to the late 70’s in our work life. He was absolutely one of the nicest people I’ve ever been around. Our conversations were always upbeat & positive. He never changed through the years no matter what was going on. I know for a fact that anyone associated with David was better off for having a relationship with him. He will be greatly missed. RIP David! Anita & I send our love and prayers to you Lisa & family.

  20. CandleImageDear Lisa, Travis,Rachel and respective families,
    David will sorely be missed by all who knew and loved him as you well know. We prayed that he might win his battle but God had other plans. Know that our hearts are broken for your tremendous loss. Our love and prayers are with you during the difficult times ahead.

  21. There are always a special person you meet during your journey of life. David was one of those. I new David while in college at UC. We were fraternity Brothers and had so many great times together. As we all do we did not keep up with each other after graduation. But for some unknown reason I reached out to David a couple of years ago. He was the same great guy and we had several long conversations. Now I can only look back and remember our great times and regret that neither one of us kept up with each other. Rest In Peace brother and ALL HONOR TO YOUR NAME. We will meet again!

  22. CandleImageI met David and his wife at waffle house. I and many others loved being their servers. David always made me laugh. My prayers are with all of you. Im so sorry for your loss.

  23. We are so sorry for your loss. We knew him as our neighbor. He always waved and had a friendly smile. We’ll be praying for your family. Ken and Joan Reynolds

  24. CandleImageMr. David Edmondson,

    To many great things to say about him. Lovely family and a great man. Very true and nice. He will be missed for sure. Prayers for the family.

  25. CandleImageDear Lisa and family. I’m so sorry to hear this. Sorry I lost contact with your family when I moved back to Wisconsin. Reading about the kids grown now with grandkids both warms my heart and makes me feel old. I have 4 kids of my own. Prayers to your family.
    Sara Thorne McKee

  26. CandleImageLisa and Family–
    So sorry to hear of David’s passing. He was a special man and a bright light in the world. He always had a smile on his face and was kind and upbeat. I know that you will all miss him tremendously, but know that he is now at peace and pain free with his Father.

  27. CandleImageLisa and Family,

    I had the pleasure to meet David 7 years ago at GCA. I am blessed to have been able to call him my mentor and more importantly my friend. I will miss my chats with him, he is without a doubt one of the kindest and most humble people I will every meet. I will miss you my friend.

    Our thoughts and prayers our with you.

    Dave and Karen Mellin

  28. CandleImageDavid was a kind soul who loved you, Lisa, from the moment he met you! What a romance to remember! You had a lovely life together producing two beautiful children! I’m sure you will smile over wonderful memories you had and they will keep you going! All my Love,

  29. What a great guy. Always positive and a joy to talk with. He joins Sara his sister and my wife. God Bless them both And God bless Lisa and family

  30. We will miss you, David, a loving husband and father, and a dear friend, as well as a fellow Tennessean. God bless

  31. CandleImageLisa and David were second parents to me growing up. Friday night Mazzios/pizza nights was a tradition for decades. David had a contagious smile and charisma that will live on forever to all those who were blessed to know him. He will truly be missed but will forever hold a place in my heart. Our love and prayers continue to go out to Lisa, Rachel, Travis, and family. Love y’all!

  32. CandleImageDavid was an incredibly joyful and kind presence. So thankful to have known him and your family.

  33. Lisa, Rachel, Allen, Travis, Erin and Miles (and the rest of David’s family),
    I am so sorry for this heartbreak. We are grieving with you and are so sorry you are going through this terrible loss. Even though I only spent a few evenings with David at a family dinner I was thrilled to be included in, I could see his wonderful spirit, great sense of humor and kind heart. This is so unfair and I am keeping you all in my thoughts.

  34. CandleImageI met David at Waffle House and multiple times served and cooked for him and Lisa. I quickly became friends with the both of them. David was one of the kindest souls I ever knew. He was one of my best friends. Smart, funny, and extremely caring. I love you brother. God rest his soul and God bless Lisa and the family.

  35. CandleImageDavid Edmondson and I were Sigma Chi brothers at UTC and he and John became very special friends to me. Our pal Steve Goodroe has been trying to get us together for lunch and I so regret that we were unable to do that before David made his final journey. Blessings to you and your family David. I look forward to seeing you in the eternal chapter house so we can renew our friendship and brotherhood.
    Peace and blessings to your family.

  36. Rachel,
    I will forever remember your sweet dad’s twinkly blue eyes and sparkling smile. He loved to come to the office and take you out to lunch—your daddy/daughter dates together. He was so incredibly proud of you. Hang on to your memories of all the fun you had together. He will live on through the stories you retell of him, over and over. Peace and comfort to your mom, brother and family. We love you and are here for you always.

  37. The Staff and Congregation at Dunwoody UMC continue to lift you up in prayer in this time of loss. May you continue to find the comfort of Christ is these difficult days. The service was a beautiful celebration of David’s life.

  38. CandleImageWhat a beautiful service and what a wonderful tribute to David.
    Finbarr joins me in sending our love and deepest sympathies,
    “Baby Ellen”

  39. CandleImageDear Lisa,
    Prayers continue to be lifted on your behalf at the loss of David. I regret that I never got to know him…this godly man with his infectious laugh, and his warm friendship offered to so many. What a blessing to have had him in your life. May the Lord give you peace and comfort during this time and the days, weeks, and months ahead.
    With warmest regards and heartfelt sympathy,
    Patti Kienitz

  40. CandleImageDear, dear Lisa and family,
    I have no words that can help to ease this huge loss. David was a winsome, joyful, faithful husband, father, and grandfather. I cannot imagine your pain, but know that your faith and love for one another will be a balm to your soul. Praying. Praying.
    Susan Crist

  41. CandleImageLisa, Rachel and Travis,
    I am so sorry to hear the news about David… it’s still surreal… as you know, David, Rob, Mike Allen, Mike Banham and I were in our “small men’s group” meeting at iHop for 10 years; it would be an understatement to say David had such an impact on each of our lives… the picture of David, epitomizes his personality and character… true… real… loving and happy!

    David helped me back in 2012 when I was at my lowest point in my life… his words to me back then were calm and assuring… I still remember his words to me then, and will always remember… to say David showed the love and peace of our Lord Jesus; again, an understatement…

    We all know was an avid reader and one of the books that come to mind is Mitch Albom’s, “The Five People You Meet in Heaven.” All I could think of is with David, there are 500+ people lined up to meet him and tell him how their lives have been blessed; maybe just meeting him one time… or knowing him for years… or talking to him about faith, family, work or sports… or being in a “men’s bible study together…” and they (we) will tell David that his warm, loving and calming spirit truly reflected God’s love towards us all… Dianne and I will continue to pray God’s outpouring of peace, comfort and strength to you, Rachel and Allen, Travis and Erin… and “pop pop’s” # 1 grandson… Numbers 6:24-26

  42. Linda and I only knew David a few years, but from our first meeting it was evident he was a special person. We treasure the time we enjoyed with he and Lisa.

  43. CandleImageRachel, I am so sorry for your dad’s untimely passing. My thoughts and prayers for you and your family are with you.

    Deb Higginbotham

  44. Dear Lisa,
    We are so sorry you and David went through so much the last few months. Our hearts were with you every day. I wish we were more near you to help. Until later, virtual hugs for you, Travis, and Rachel.
    Much Love.
    Nita & Jonathan

  45. Dear Lisa and Family,

    Words cannot begin to express the grief that I feel for all of you right now.

    I regret that I only got to know your David over the past year. In our subdivision of about 380 homes, he was the only person to answer my desperate call for help last summer as the local voting precinct manager. And then there he was – the perfect fit for the job. We hit it off and he fit right in. Cheerful, positive, smart, giving, thorough, friendly – and most importantly, fully dedicated to the task at hand – giving excellent customer service to our ‘customers.’

    It was quite telling to me that 115 others joined in the virtual service earlier today. The many, many comments and remembrances on this page – all of this validated my instant take on this man – he’s a good one.

    As a Kentucky Wildcat, I will swallow hard and offer up a loud GO BIG ORANGE and now, as was said during the service, quickly go and wash out my mouth. He would have loved it and laughed heartily.

    I’ve learned that about the best compliment I can pay to a man is to simply and honestly say – This was a good man. R.I.P. David and God Bless your Family.

  46. CandleImageDear Rachel and family,
    I’m deeply sorry for the passing of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  47. Lisa Travis and Rachel , I am so sorry for your loss and could not believe when I heard David was back in the hospital and going through such a struggle I’m heartbroken for your family and although we Did not cross paths as much since you moved from the neighborhood we had so much fun starting Up our neighborhood together and watching our children grow up. As many have said David had the biggest smile and you were the sweetest family. I’m not on Facebook much but Jennifer kept me up-to-date last few weeks and I prayed for you and your family I will continue to do so.

  48. CandleImageDear Lisa, Rachael and Travis, I am so very sorry for your loss and was so truly heartbroken for you all. David was the one of the best men I ever knew. I remember thinking how wonderful Lisa, you and David were together, so very perfect for each other and what a beautiful family you all have. David was loved beyond words, but will be missed beyond measure. I wish I could be there to give you comfort as you grieve. I am holding you in my heart.
    Love, Jo

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