Lydia Wilkie Edmunds

Mary Lydia Wilkie Edmunds, 81, of Greenville, South Carolina, passed away on Tuesday, May 30th, at Rolling Green Village. Born in Spartanburg, South Carolina on April 30th, 1942, she was a daughter of the late Arthur L. Wilkie and Mary Culbreth Wilkie.

Lydia was a dedicated educator, Delta Kappa Gamma Educational Honor Society member leader, and served as the Principal of the Lower School at Hilton Head Christian Academy.  She was engaged in community service as a Civiette for the United Cerebral Palsy Association in Birmingham, Alabama; as well as an active participant in the Born to Read program and Palmetto Electric’s Women in Rural Electrification (WIRE) in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Lydia is also preceded in death by her sister, Judith M. Poore, of Columbia, South Carolina.  She is survived by her husband of 61 years, William Oscar Edmunds III of Greenville, South Carolina; her daughter, Mary Carol (M. C.) Edmunds of Asheville, North Carolina; her son, David Arthur Edmunds (Ronda) and 7 grandchildren of Sandy, Utah; her nephews, Charles Edward Poore (Terrie) of Kailue, Hawaii; and Matthew Wilkie Poore (Nicole) of Williamston, South Carolina.

Church and graveside services will be held on Tuesday, June 13th at 2:30 PM at Rocky Creek Baptist Church, 1801 Woodruff Road, Greenville, South Carolina 29607, and will be live-streamed for those who may not be able to attend (  The family will receive friends at 2:30 PM prior to the 3:00 PM services at the church, and after services in the Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to the church of your choice; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105, or Born To Read, Inc. 703 Bladen Street, Beaufort SC  29902.

Condolences to the family of Lydia Wilkie Edmunds

  • Marian F Coggins
    1 year ago

    I am saddened to learn of Lydia’s passing. As a DKG sister, she was a great encouragment to me and I loved having her join our chapter upon relocating. Please know that you all are in our prayers.

  • Brett Myers
    1 year ago

    I am so sad to hear of your loss of such a beautiful and Godly woman! Please know that her Hilton Head church family loved her and loves Bill and the family, and that we are lifting you up in prayer.

  • Doris Ann Dixon Reavis
    1 year ago

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you miss Lydia. She is home now but will forever be missed. My grandfather Culbreth (Fred) was her mother’s older brother. I will share this sad news with our remaining Culbreth family.

  • Janet MacDonald
    1 year ago

    Bill and family, we are sad to hear of Lydia passing. What a beautiful, caring, Godly lady who touched many lives! She will hold a special place in many hearts!💕 We send our prayers and love to all of you!🙏❤️🙏
    Janet and Richard MacDonald

  • Debra Cook
    1 year ago

    We are so sorry to hear this, she was such a lovely lady, so sweet, our deepest sympathy.
    Debbie & Ty Cook

  • Ann Lively
    1 year ago

    Dear Bill and family, I am so sorry to hear of Lydia’s passing. She became a dear friend to me when she taught both of my children. She was considered one of their favorite teachers EVER! What a sweet Christian lady who lived her faith and will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. What blessed assurance to KNOW she is now in heaven! Love to you all, Ann Lively

  • Debbie Miles
    1 year ago

    Dear Bill and family – our deepest sympathies to you all. Lydia was a true southern lady. We were so blessed that she taught our children and was such a sweet presence when she became the principal. Sending love and hugs from our family.
    Bill and Debbie Miles

  • Dear Bill and family,
    May you be comforted with God’s love and care. Lydia will be missed by so many. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to know her and call her a friend.
    Sissy Jarrell

  • Jenny & Mike Morgan
    1 year ago

    We celebrate with you Lydia’s graduation to heaven. It is with joy we imagine her radiant in seeing Jesus! Bill, we hold you in our prayers as we know your temporary separation from your dear wife is just for a little while. She made an impact on our family, especially Danny! We can’t wait to all be together in heaven!
    Love to all her dearly loved family,
    Jenny & Mike Morgan

  • Sandra Wilkie
    1 year ago

    Dear Bill & family,

    I am so sorry to hear of Lydia’s passing. Carol and I had planned to come and see y’all. I know you are going to miss her so much. I hope to get there for the service. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you, Sandra

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  • Maggie Ennis
    1 year ago

    Lydia was my kindergarten teacher and I consider myself honored to have been one of her many students. I also have to mention that I was her only student who ever got to spend the night many years ago. She was a beautiful person who made school (and life) so special and fun. I hope to be able to attend the service and will be keeping Bill and her family in my thoughts during this sad time.

    Love, Maggie

  • Gwendolyn Roarke
    1 year ago

    Bill and family,
    Our deepest sympathies to you all on the loss of a wonderfully loved lady and former neighbor. We were very sad to hear of her passing. Love and thoughts to you, Bill.
    Gwendolyn and Richard Roarke
    (Hilton head plantation)

    • Bill Edmunds
      1 year ago

      Kevin S. must have told you. Kevin plans to attend while his 96 year old mother is attending a wedding in Vermont.
      Lydia had a stroke on March 28th Then multiple strokes after being transferred to rehab. Her father passed the exact same way. Lydia and I were married almost 62 years. Oh, how i miss her..

      • Gwen Roarke
        1 year ago

        Bill, we’re so sorry to hear about Lydia. GOD will keep you in HIS loving arms and Lydia will live forever in your heart. I’m sorry we can make the service. Our prayers are with you. Miss y’all driving by my house! Love , Gwen and Richard Roarke( 22 hickory forest )

  • Coleman Daniel
    1 year ago

    Bill, I was so sorry to learn about Lydia from my older daughter. You may recall that she and I graduated from high school together. I pray that God will comfort and strengthen you and your entire family as you grieve. It is wonderful to read the many condolences about the numerous lives Lydia touched.

  • Carolyn Grant
    1 year ago

    Mr. Edmunds,
    We are so sorry to hear about Mrs. Edmunds passing. She was a very sweet and caring friend and teacher. I’m so glad our journey in life included the both of you, and we will treasure those memories. We will keep you in our prayers, and we know God will continue to bless and comfort you at this time.

  • Linda Regitz
    1 year ago

    Dear Mr Bill,
    I am heartbroken for you in the passing of your dear Lydia. She was a ray of sunshine, and we truly enjoyed the company of both of you when you stopped in to see us at J.Jill. We, too, will miss her. Please do not forget us, and stop in to see us from time to time. Love and prayers to you!

  • Sarah Haarlow
    1 year ago

    Dear Bill,
    I loved knowing Lydia through Delta Kappa Gamma when I taught and lived in Hilton Head. She is a true southern belle and will be missed by many. I am just finding out about her passing. Your family is in my thoughts.

  • Mary Greenwell
    1 year ago

    Bill – we are deeply saddened to learn about Lydia’s passing. She was one of the most gracious and lovely women we’ve ever known and we will never forget her impact on our children while they attended HHCA.
    Sending you our sincere condolences and big hugs.
    Jon and Mary Greenwell

  • Peden Wright
    9 months ago

    To the dearest Lydia,

    Your presence always gave me the feeling of coming home. Though we did not know each other long, you and Bill gave me an image of how love and joy can fill a lifetime. I often think of the quote “and when I turned to face grief, I saw that it was just love in a heavy coat.” We will miss you immensely but know that we will see each other soon.

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