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Ronald "Foots" Edwards

December 15, 1954 ~ July 26, 2020 (age 65)

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RONALD EDWARDS, LOVINGLY KNOWN AS “FOOTS” WAS BORN DECEMBER 15, 1954 TO TONY EDWARDS AND ROBBIE CANNON-EDWARDS IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS. RONALD MADE HIS TRANSITION JULY 26, 2020.

RONALD LOVED THE NEIGHBORHOOD HE WAS RAISED IN. HE SPENT MUCH OF HIS TIME AS A YOUTH AT KENWOOD UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST. FROM YOUTH TO ADULTHOOD RONALD’S PERSONALITY ATTRACTED MANY PEOPLE. HE LEFT HIS MARK ON ALL HE KNEW. HE WAS A LEGEND IN HIS COMMUNITY WHERE HE WAS LOVINGLY KNOWN BY MANY AS FOOTS, WHEAT GRASS RON, PAW PAW, GRANDPA RONALD AND POPS. HE WILL TRULY BE MISSED. 

RONALD WAS LOVINGLY DEVOTED TO HIS EQUALLY DEVOTED LIFE PARTNER LORETTA “LO” BARNETT.

RONALD WAS A FAMILY MAN AND HIS GREATEST JOY IN LIFE WAS BRINGING LAUGHTER TO HIS LOVED ONES. ALL OF HIS SONS, NEPHEWS AND GRANDSONS CAN ATTEST TO HIS CONSTANT PROVOCATION. THEY KNEW AS SOON AS THEY SAW HIM TO PUT THEIR “DUKES” UP AND PREPARE TO DEFEND THEMSELVES WHILE BEING CALLED A CHUMP. HE WAS VERY PROTECTIVE OF ALL THE WOMEN IN HIS FAMILY AND THEY ALL KNEW THAT NO MATTER WHAT, IF THEY NEEDED ANYTHING, RONALD WOULD BE THERE. HE WAS A PROVIDER AND A TEACHER. THE LESSONS HE TAUGHT WERE VALUABLE AND HE ALWAYS FOCUSED ON FAMILY.

RONALD HAD MANY GIFTS. ONE OF HIS GREATEST GIFTS WAS ACTING AS A COUNSELOR. HE HAD A UNIQUE ABILITY TO MAKE EVERYONE FEEL LIKE THEY WERE THE TOP PRIORITY. WHETHER IT WAS FAMILY OR FRIENDS HE WOULD TAKE TIME TO MAKE YOU FEEL SPECIAL. WE WERE ALL HIS FAVORITES.  HE HAD A FUN-LOVING SPIRIT WITH A LAUGH THAT FILLED THE ROOM.  HIS SENSE OF HUMOR KEPT EVERYONE SMILING. 

RONALD WAS THE CONSUMMATE PRANKSTER AND KEPT YOU ON YOUR TOES.  YOU DIDN’T WANT TO BE HIS OPPONENT WHEN HE PLAYED SPADES OR BID WHIST.  HE TOOK JOY IN BEATING YOU, SLAPPING THAT WINNING CARD ON THE TABLE AND RUBBING IT IN WITH HIS SIGNATURE LAUGH.  

RONALD HAD A GIVING HEART, YET HE NEVER FELT THE NEED TO BROADCAST HIS GOOD DEEDS.

YOU COULDN’T ASK FOR A BETTER SOUL MATE, FATHER, GRANDFATHER, BROTHER, UNCLE, COUSIN OR FRIEND. RONALD WAS A CLASSIC WITH A PRESENCE THAT WAS UNDENIABLE.

RONALD WAS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY HIS PARENTS ROBBIE AND TONY EDWARDS, HIS LOVING SISTER AND ONE OF HIS BEST FRIENDS, TONI EDWARDS-BARNETT AND SON JAMAL EDWARDS.

HE IS SURVIVED BY HIS LOVING SOUL MATE, LORETTA BARNETT. NINE CHILDREN - DAVID, CARMETA, O’SHANNA (WINSTON), DION, MALEYA, MALIKA, ERIC, JAMES AND JALIL. BONUS SONS: RECO, JAVON AND MARCUS.  SIBLINGS: CECILIA PETERSON, KEVIN EDWARDS (RENEE), JUDAH BEN-ISRAEL, KUJUIRA HOWZE, CHARLES EDWARDS (JUDITH) AND MONIQUE LEE (TIM). EIGHTEEN GRANDCHILDREN: SHYMEKA, THADDEUS, KAIYAH, MARIYAH, DESTINEE, JADAIE, MYRACOLE, DAVID JR., DENISE, WARREN, WINTER, WITNEY, WANITA, WILLOW, WAYNE, DION JR., DAVIA AND TAJ.  SIX GREAT GRANDCHILDREN: ZAIRE, TARAJ, TARAJI, WINTER, AMONTAY AND LAYLA AND A HOST OF NIECES, NEPHEWS COUSINS, RELATIVES AND FRIENDS.

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Services

Visitation
Friday
August 7, 2020

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Acklin Funeral Home
1325 W. 87th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60620

Wake
Saturday
August 8, 2020

10:00 AM
Kenwood United Church of Christ
4600-4608 South Greenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60653

Funeral Service
Saturday
August 8, 2020

11:00 AM
Kenwood United Church of Christ
4600-4608 South Greenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60653

Interment
Saturday
August 8, 2020

2:00 PM
Oak Woods Cemetery
1035 E. 67th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637

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