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Well-known surgeon remembered in Columbus

Source: Columbus Ledger Enquirer Source: Columbus Ledger Enquirer

By Laura Ann Sills - email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - It was a celebration of life Saturday as hundreds packed the Saint Mary's Road United Methodist Church in Columbus to remember Doctor Delmar Edwards.

As Columbus' first African American surgeon, Doctor Edwards broke down a lot of barriers.

"When he came here in 1964, the south was a lot different than it is today.  He was a pioneer in every shape, form or fashion," said Edwards' best friend, Dr. Robert L Wright.

In his 83 years, Edwards claimed numerous firsts. He was the first black man accepted to the University of Arkansas School of Medicine and first black member of the Columbus Rotary Club.

"I think education is number one, he was huge on education, as well as service. It's not about you, it's about the community you serve," his son, Dr. Christopher Edwards, said.

His friends remember times when Doctor Edwards would walk into a hospital lounge and other doctors would get up and leave but they say he plowed path through those racial tensions- a path for others to follow.

"I lived my life trying to be like him. Pretty much everyone who's met him came away wanting to be like him. So the legacy of Dr. Edwards to me is that every person that is here today is a person who is a little part of him," Dr. Emory Alexander, Edwards' godson, said.

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