August 30th, 1941-March 3rd 2021
Bugs Edwards, as he was known by family and friends, left us on March 3rd, 2021 to be with his Lord and Savior.
He was born and raised in Rosenberg, Texas and remained a lifelong resident.
As a teen, he attended Lamar Consolidated High School and served as Vice President for the Class of 1959.
In high school, he played football, baseball, basketball, track and tennis.
As the quarterback for the football team, Bugs remained on the Mustang record books for years after achieving one of the longest runs for a touchdown by a quarterback.
He enjoyed his summers as a lifeguard at the Travis pool.
Bugs was married to Diane Pazderny in 1964 and they had two sons, Todd and Mark.
After Diane’s unfortunate passing in 1975 from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Bugs was left with the daunting task of raising 2 young boys.
He was blessed to have close family and friends (who were like family) there to support him.
The saying “it takes a village” was so accurate in this instance and why living in Richmond/Rosenberg was so special.
After serving his time in the Army, Bugs started his lifelong career in insurance with Leo H. Daniels’ firm in the early 1970’s.
After several years of learning the ropes, he decided to open his own firm, CWE Insurance.
He loved helping people and CWE Insurance became his primary business until five years ago, when he sold his book under the Katy Insurance umbrella.
In 1979, he and some friends discussed the idea of opening a local bank to create some competition in town. They secured a charter for Community Bank Fort Bend County.
Joe Benes and Bugs talked to friends, family and probably anyone who would listen and began selling shares in the bank.
They met the deadline for opening the bank in a double wide trailer on site, while construction of the main building was underway. Bugs and Joe remained on the Board of Directors until the bank became Texas Capital Bank in 1986.
The board also formed Texas Capital Holding Company which acquired other banks around the state. Years later, this morphed into Capital One.
Bugs was also one of the original board members charged with the construction and opening of the T.W. Davis Field House, now named the YMCA in Richmond, Texas.
In another endeavor, Bugs and a group of close friends decided to open a gas station and strip center near Lamar Consolidated High School. BEMS, short for Bernshausen, Edwards and Marek, is still located on Avenue I.
Bugs was a Lifetime Member of the Fort Bend County Fair, Rotarian and a diehard University of Houston Cougar fan.
He always looked forward to going to as many football and volleyball games as possible with his partner in crime, Richard Elliott.
In 1993, Bugs was married to Carol Edwards.
They enjoyed taking trips together, going to Neal’s river house, friend’s ranches, cruises and Christmases with the Benes family.
They hosted a well-attended New Year’s Day brunch for many years.
Bugs was often in charge of the waffle making and clean up. No one could do the dishes to his satisfaction.
Bugs and Carol especially loved eating some good crawfish at one of his favorite restaurants, Pier 36 in Richmond.
They were married for the last 28 years and she spent a good deal of time and energy overseeing his care the last several years.
Later in life, Bugs discovered what he truly considered the greatest game on earth-golf.
One of his favorite golf trips was to Carmel with Jean and John Smith.
Jean is Diane’s little sister.
They played Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and the elusive Cypress Point Club.
He was a gifted player and made many friends and business associates on the fairways.
He looked forward to the daily “game” and tournaments with his friends.
Bugs was a member at Pecan Grove Country Club and Fort Bend Country Club. After he hung up his clubs and spikes, he still enjoyed driving his golf cart from his house to the course to watch his buddies play and enjoy a cold beer at the clubhouse afterwards.
Bugs loved taking family vacations with his boys and other families. In the summer, it was Lake McQueeney to water ski.
Big groups went snow skiing during the winter time.
Lots of wonderful memories were made on these trips.
During the more difficult early years, with the demands of starting an insurance business/other ventures, he always found time to teach his boys how to play sports.
He taught them to hold a bat and swing correctly, how to field grounders, pitching and throwing, how to hold a basketball and rotate properly on the shot.
He also found time to coach their teams and created a lasting impression on teammates and friends.
Once his grandkids were involved in sports, he enjoyed attending swim meets, soccer games and baseball games.
They loved his positive encouragement, advice and support.
Bugs was a storyteller.
With a twinkle in his eye and a grin on his face, he delivered entertaining tales to anyone who would listen.
It was remarkable how he could remember people’s names, places and stats of sports events like it was yesterday.
Bugs was a great friend.
He was fortunate to have so many wonderful friendships throughout his life.
Bugs is survived by his loving wife, Carol Edwards and her son, Ryan Pavlu, his sons Todd Edwards and Mark Edwards, Mark’s wife Terri Edwards and their children Sophie Diane, Mia Elizabeth and Hayes Oliver Edwards. He is also survived by sisters Shirley Courville and her children Kelly, and wife Jennifer, Kim Courville King and her children Justin King, wife Sara, Tyler King, Marilyn King and her children Chelsey DeVault, her husband Chris DeVault and children Madeline, Jaqueline, Alexander and Viviene DeVault. Jillian Gamble, her husband Chris and children Brooks Michael, Peyton Jeanette, and Stella Juliette Gamble.
There will be a private family service at St. John’s Methodist church March 20th at 10am in Richmond, Texas.
Live viewing will be available @ 10am CDT on facebook.com/stjohnsumcrichmond/videos
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Lunches of Love, Richmond Rosenberg Helping Hands or the charity of your choice.