James Alfred Montgomery Edwards, Sr. was born to the late Norman Douglas Edwards and the late Irma Francois on Island of Antigua in Bethesda, on November 10th, 1938. He was one of seven (7) children. He was schooled at St.Johns Anglican Primary.
In 1957 he relocated to the United States to New York to start a new life. He became a bookbinder and met and married Wilhelmina Bryan Edwards who proceeded him in death. He became a United States citizen in 1981 and spent 61 years in this country before moving back homes to Antigua.
James had nine (9) children, one of whom proceeded him in death. His namesake James Jr., Sandra Edwards (Joseph) of Jersey City, NJ, Monique Edwards of Summerville, SC, Norman Edwards (Benita) of Vilseck, Germany, Kara Edwards-Ratliff of North Charleston, SC. Kissiah Myers of Goose Creek, SC, Jimmald Edwards of Elizabeth, NJ, and Jordan Edwards of Summerville, SC; 20 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was four brothers, Sylvester Edwards of New Winthrop, Antigua, Ronald Edwards of Jersey City, NJ, Alphonso Edwards of St. John's, Antigua, Earl Anthony of Long Island, NJ; one sister-in-law, that he loved dearly, Eloise Simmons of Moncks Corner, SC and two brothers-in-law, Jasper Bryan (Vernita) of Charleston, SC and Cleveland Bryan (Dora) of Moncks Corner, SC; a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins that were special to him. He loved them all.
In life, James was a simple man, he was logical and practical. He was very generous to those he felt in need. He lived life to the fullest and didn't complain about things. Things would happen or situations would come up and all he would say is, "These things happen what can you do"? He often looked back on his life and said that he had no regrets. He was an excellent cook. He enjoyed soca and calypso music, Jimmy Cliff and Yellow Man were a couple of his favorites. He loved his home islands of Antigua and Barbuda. He was a proud Antiguan.
He came back to the U.S. on August 21st, 2018 to visit the doctor because of not feeling well, not knowing that he would never come out of he hospital. On August 23rd, 2018 he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior. With tears rolling down his cheeks, he repeated the sinner's prayer and repented. He found his peace.