by Kevin Moore

newsHENDERSON, Tenn. (BNc) — On Wednesday morning April 24, 2013, after an extensive battle with cancer, Dr. Jim Edmonds went to be with the Lord whom he loved and faithfully served throughout his life.

Jim was a Professor of Business Law at Freed-Hardeman University (FHU) for 31 years before his deteriorating health forced him to retire last year. He had also served as Assistant Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness at FHU, and Secretary/Treasurer and Board Member of Henderson Chester County Chamber of Commerce.

Jim and his wife Susan have been active members of the Estes church of Christ in Henderson, Tenn., for many years, during which time Jim effectively served as a Bible class teacher and the director of the education program, including the annual VBS.

In the mid-1990s Jim and Susan left their positions at FHU to work as missionaries in Slovakia for two years.

On a more personal note, here is my recent Facebook post:

“I lost one of my heroes today. About three years ago when my family and I were considering returning to the mission field, I thought about Jim and Susan Edmonds, who left FHU several years ago to spend a couple of years in Slovakia as missionaries. Their inspiration gave me the motivation to take a 2-year leave of absence and return to New Zealand, and, as they say, the rest is history. Jim and Susan, the spiritual fruit that God has produced and continues to produce in New Zealand’s Lower North Island ‘abounds to your account’ (Phil. 4:17). Jim was a great man of God and will be sorely missed. Susan, our love and prayers are with you.”

Visitation will be at the Casey Chapel Funeral Home in Henderson, Tenn., Friday, April 26 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. The funeral service is scheduled for Saturday April 27 at 3:00 p.m. in the meeting place of the Estes church of Christ.



  1. My wife and I were blessed to have brother Edmonds for two classes at Freed-Hardeman College (now University). He was a great teacher with a sense of humor to match! He is one of the professors, among others at FHU, whom I always looked forward to seeing when I was able to return to campus. Our deepest sympathies to the Edmonds family!

  2. As finance major I had several classes which were taught by Dr. Edmonds. I always enjoyed his teaching style, his frankness and humor. When Tracie and I first left FHU we moved to Long Island, NY. During that time Susan and Jim came to a convention in NY and stayed with us while attending it. Tracie and I certainly enjoyed it and still hold this memory close. We feel as if he passed too soon, but he lived to do what he is doing now. Concern and love to Susan as we pray for her. A great man lived among us.

  3. Jim and I were suitemates during his freshman year at F-HC. Even though we went our separate ways after college, we always had a good reunion during Lectureship or at Homecoming. It was always good to be with him. I’ll miss him a lot. Susan, I’ll keep you in my prayers.