Ronald B. "Grumpy" Edwards

ronald b. edwards

March 14, 1951 ~ October 28, 2021

Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Arden, NC

Ronald Boren “Grumpy” Edwards, 70, passed away Thursday, October 28, 2021, at the Charles George VA Medical Center.

Ronny was born March 14, 1951, in Asheville to the late William B. and Betty Jo Kiser Edwards. He was an Army veteran and retired in 2015 from Edwards Equipment Co.
He was a second generation Eagle Scout with Troop 4, was a founding member of the Street-Tiques of Asheville, and a member of the International Cash Register Dealers Assn.

He is survived by his wife, Diana Brookshire Edwards; daughter, Lauren Hedden (Jack); son Matt Edwards and his children, Olivia, Eleanor, Andrew, and Amelia Edwards; brothers, Larry Edwards (Yvonne) and Tim Edwards (Margie), several nieces and nephews and cousins Jan and Anita Edwards.

An informal celebration of his life will be at 2:00 p.m. Monday at the Barn at Okoboji Wilderness, 2 Okoboji Drive, Fletcher, NC 28732, with Pastor Richard Baird officiating.

Members of Street-Tiques and anyone else with classic cars are invited to bring their vehicles as well as chairs to sit in. Please dress casually.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, 301 N. Main Street, Mount Airy, NC 27030, or to MemoryCare, 100 Far Horizons Drive, Asheville, NC 28803, or to Veterans Restoration Quarters, 1329 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805.


Celebration of Life: November 1, 2021 2:00 pm

Barn at Okoboji Wilderness
2 Okoboji Drive
Fletcher, NC 28732

Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. Grateful to have known Ronny and deeply appreciate his service in the Army. Won’t ever forget those silver dollar pancakes he mastered – I could never make them as thin and small and have them turn out.

  2. Diana,Matt and Lauren so sorry for your loss. Ronny was a good friend and he will be missed by all of his street rod buddies.

  3. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Ronnie was a wonderful man & beautiful soul. He will be greatly missed.

  4. I have known this kind and caring man since we were 8 years old when we moved in just down the street from his awesome family. We have been lifelong friends and I have many great memories of him. Rest In Peace, my dear friend.

  5. Lauren,Jack and family. We are so very sorry for your loss. Our prayers and love are with you
    Jerry and Margie Pressley

  6. You never saw Ronny but he brought a smile to your face – always so mischievous & witty! It will not be the same without him in the club! We will miss him indeed!

  7. So sad to hear, you will be surely missed, Hate to loose another friend, thoughts and prayers for all his family and friends.

  8. I’m very saddened to learn of Ronnie’s passing. I cherish the great memories of my time working with him and all the Edwards Equipment Co. family. May all who love him find comfort in having been blessed by his life.

  9. SO SORRY about Ronnie he was definitely one of the good guy’s. Always a pleasure anytime I saw Ronnie, loved talking with him. Losing a long time friend and class mate like this is very sad. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.

  10. We were blessed to call Ronnie “friend”. Any time we bumped into him it was as though no time had past. Love and prayers to all the family!!

  11. So sad to hear of Rons passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. May God hold you close.
    Diane and Bryan Clay

  12. Sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. First met Ron when we joined the Street-Tiques in the 70’s. He will be missed. Prayers for the family during this time. Ben and Sharon Norton

  13. Diane, Matt and Lauren
    David and I are so sorry to if Ronnies passing. All of our love and prayers. David and Kim linville

  14. We will surely miss Ronnie – a great, fun loving neighbor. His exceptional skill in painting and advice for Jim’s old rusty antiques was amazing. We are blessed to have been among his friends. Thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort in his memories for the family.

  15. Ron will truly be missed… with his smile and witty comebacks…car shows without him with never be the same…. Keeping your family in thought and prayer…

  16. so sad over the passing of this wonderful friend. Our hearts are with you.
    Cat and Jimi McKinney

  17. Ron was one of a kind! He was a good man and father. He will be missed by so many people. The world lost a good one!

  18. Vick and I want to express how sorry we are for your lose! Ronny was such a fun person and a good friend. He will be missed so very much. We are so fortunate to have known him these many years. We pray that God will comfort your heavy hearts!! God Bless all of you!!

  19. Our condolences to the Edwards family. So sad to hear that Ron has passed. Car shows and life in general won’t be the same without Ron, he always kept everything interesting with his wit and wisdom! R.I.P. my friend! Bob and Peggy Kaufman

  20. So sorry and very surprised to hear of Ronnie’s passing. Diana, I have always admired your faith and reassurance that God will provide comfort and peace. Love to you all

  21. Diana,Matt,Lauren, I was so surprised to hear of Ronnie’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you. To Larry and Tim so sorry for the lose of your brother. May the Good Lord hold each one of you close.

  22. Diana, Matt, Lauren was so surprised to hear of Ronnie’s passing. My thought and prayers are with each of you. May God hold each of you close to his heart. Larry and Tim my thoughts and prayers are with guys also .

  23. We went to Clyde A Erwin high school together and graduated in the class of 69. He was just a super guy. We reconnected again this year and have stayed in touch ever since. Prayers for all the family. He is missed…..

  24. We went to high school together and graduated in the class of 69. Such a great guy. We reconnected again this past year and have stayed in touch ever since. Prayers for all the family. He is missed.

  25. Sorry to learn of Ronnie’s passing. He was a long time friend from scouting, to helping me in my business.
    I have know the Edwards family for many years. Great memories. Tough times yes we all have had them.
    Remember all the fun times. My prayers go out to all the Edwards family.

  26. So sorry about Ronnie he was a good friend will be missed prayers for your family 🙏🙏🙏🎁🎁

  27. Who would have believed that a peanutbutter sandwich and a bowl of tomato soup would last so long. Ronnie and I met at Erwin High School our sophomore year over lunch. Through the years we have been friends, business partners, confidents, and so much more. Our adventures as well as misadventures will never leave me. Ronnie always had a positive outlook. He may not have known that he could do or handle something but definatly did not know that he could not. I really will miss you RB.

  28. Ronnie, who would have thought that a friendship started with a peanut butter sandwich and a bowl of tomato soup in the Erwin High School cafeteria our sophomore year would last so long. Memories of adventures as well as misadventures will always be with me. We were friends, partners, confidants and so much more. Ronnie always had a positive outlook and always left me with a smile. Words cannot express how much we will miss you RB. Thank you for being my best friend.

  29. I’m so sorry to hear of Ronnie’s passing. I always loved our conversations at the bank. He will be missed. Lifting the family up in prayer. 🙏

  30. I grew up across the street from Matt and Lauren. I think I was at their house more than my own, lol.They were always so good and sweet to me, and my family. My prayers are with your family in this time of need.

  31. Ronnie will be missed. He and Mike will be together again talking cars. Prayers and thoughts go out to your family.

  32. Sorry to hear of Ronnie”s passing. I have known Ronnie since elementary school. We kept in touch with Facebook. He will be missed.

  33. Top & I will be keeping Ronnie’s family and friends in our prayers for God too comfort you during this most difficult time….🙏

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