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G. Paul Edwards, 80

February 05, 2009

APRIL 11, 1928-FEB. 3, 2009

MIDDLETOWN, Md. - G. Paul Edwards, 80, of Middletown, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009, at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.

Born April 11, 1928, in Byers, Texas, he was the son of the late Elbert Clayton Edwards and Madge Steph Edwards.

He graduated from Petrolia High School and later from Texas Technological University with a degree in agronomy.

He served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and was retired from the U.S. Army Reserves at the rank of major.

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Paul worked for over 30 years for the USDA Soil Conservation Service, distinguishing himself regionally, nationally, and internationally for his contributions to soil conservation. He was a friend and advisor to many of the area farmers and developers. He was active in the Jefferson Ruritan Club, the Upper Potomac Tributary Strategy Group, and the Western Maryland Resource, Conservation & Development Council.

Paul loved sports and was an active tennis player until 2006. He also enjoyed reading, volunteering, helping his neighbors, spending time with his family and grandchildren, and traveling. He made over 100 trips to Costa Rica and served as a tour guide on many of the trips.

He is survived by his wife, Jane "Penny" Sponaugle Edwards of Middletown; two brothers, Elbert Edwards of Memphis, Tenn., and Doyle Edwards of Henrietta, Texas; daughter, Pamela Edwards Klein and husband, Robert, of Shorewood, Wis.; three sons, Randel Edwards of Middletown, Paul Edwards of Catonsville, Md., and Scott Edwards and wife, Marie of Buda, Texas; four grandchildren, Drew and Nora Klein of Shorewood, and Gabrielle and Max Edwards of Catonsville.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 7, at Christ Reformed United Church of Christ, 12 S. Church St., Middletown, Md.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. at Donald B. Thompson Funeral Home, 31 E. Main St., Middletown.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his name to caringbridge.org or charity of choice.

Arrangements are by Donald B. Thompson Funeral Home, 31 E. Main St., Middletown, MD 21769.

Online condolences may be made to dbthompsonfuneralhome.com.

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