Sidney Charoles Edwards, born March 9, 1947, the fifth child of Willie Edwards, Jr. II and Johnnie Mae (Givens) Edwards passed away at the age of 72, due to a short battle with lung cancer. Sidney went to Fisher High School and was forced to be one of the few blacks to integrate to an all white school and re-complete his senior year. After graduation, he got a job at Texas Instruments.
At the age of 21, in 1968, he was drafted in the Army Special Forces. After he returned from Panama, he returned to Texas Instruments where he worked and completed his 4 year degree from University of Texas at Dallas and married Verdia Mae Edwards. Verdia already had two children, Byron Simms and Patrick Patterson, who he loved. Sidney and Verdia had one child together, Sidney Charlete. Sidney worked for Texas Instruments for over twenty years. While at Texas Instruments, Sidney worked on the team with Jack Kilby, Nobel Prize of Physics, to invent the first integrated circuit/microchip computer. After retiring from Texas Instruments, Sidney opened up a small printing company with his best friend, Bobby Thrash. After that he retired and loved listening to music and still did small computer printing jobs, created art, and computer jobs with his other dear friend, Douglas Bentley.
Sidney is preceded in death by his mother, Johnnie Mae and father (CB) Willie Edwards, Jr. II; his brothers, Willie (boy) Edwards, Willie Edwards (Jr.), III, Harold Bernard Edwards and Melvin Edwards; his sisters, Annie Ray Edwards and Margaret Lou Irving; his wife, Verdia Mae Edwards.
Sidney is survived by his oldest sister, Betty Faye of Fort Worth, Texas; younger brother, Larry Don Edwards (Ellen) of Dallas, Texas; younger sister, Jacquiline Edwards of Athens, Texas; daughter, Sidney Edwards-DeBose (Kelly DeBose) of Colorado Springs, Colorado, along with a host of nieces, cousins, and life long friends.
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