Thompson Edwards was born at Mifflin, Tennessee, May 30, 1862, and died October 13, 1929. When three years old, he moved to Lexington with his parents, the late Milton S. and Jennie Muse Edwards. He was married on October 28, 1886 to Miss Elizabeth Stewart. To this union were born three children, Milton S., Eva, and Richard. Mr. Edwards began his successful business career as a clerk in the C. F. McHaney Drug Store, later entering the grocery business for himself, during which time he was also chief clerk under his mother, who was post-mistress. Later he engaged in the livery business. He was elected Trustee of the County in 1898, serving until 1908, and was the local Standard Oil Agent for many years. Following this he was made President of the Central State Bank, which position he held for ten years.
He was a member of the Baptist Church, being treasurer of same for 16 years. He was very attentive to his church, evidenced by the fact that he attended Sunday School for nineteen years and five months without missing a single Sunday. For 64 years he was a resident of the town of Lexington. He began as a young man to interest himself in the welfare of the County and town and during his long tenure of citizenship, took an active part in civic affairs. As a native son of Henderson County, he loved the people of the County, and in turn was held in high esteem by them. He was a man of sterling character, high resolves, and dauntless spirit, one who caught a vision of what life is for, and with devotion gave himself to all its higher calls. The worth of a life can only be measured by its moral and spiritual values. To this princely line, he belonged. Above all other qualities he bore a reputation for honor and integrity that was without a stain.
Auburn Powers 1930 - History of Henderson County