Marshall Edwards

Marshall Edwards

by:
jtracy
March 29, 2017

Dr. Robert Byrd, an Orlando native, recalls the sacrifice and work ethic of his uncle, Marshall Edwards, in this excerpt from an oral history interview with Dr. Byrd at the Orlando Public Library on August 12, 2016.

Portrait photo of Marshall Edwards courtesy of the Robert Byrd Family Archives.

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Dr. Byrd attended Grand Avenue Elementary School, Cherokee Junior High School, Orlando High School, and Boone High School. He studied at Stetson University and Belmont College. Dr. Byrd worked as Professor of Religion for 40 years at Belmont University. His specialty is New Testament Theology.

Marshall Edwards

What happened is, he was the older brother. Actually, I understand from the family, this happened before they left Georgia. Actually, as you know, one of the changes that's happened in America is we've become less agriculture where children are not necessarily part of the work force. He was in that time... he was part of the work force. And, as his younger brothers and sisters came along to start school, he became burdened in some way, that it was his responsibility to help them get as much education as possible. And so, he dropped out of school in the third grade so he could work on the farm year around... and to make sure the others received more education. I'm certain that none of them were smarter than he was. I mean, I think it was his assessment and recognition of the reality of the situation that kind of led him in that direction. And, his insistence - the family story is - he just insisted to his dad - as a matter of fact - stood up to his dad and told him he wasn't going back to school anyway; so that, he began to help work on the farm, and when they came here continued farming...

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