James Carlton Edwards, 76, of Georgetown, Texas, formerly of Cedar Rapids, died Saturday, April 7, 2018. Services: 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, Waco Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel, Waco, Texas, with University of Texas Police Chaplain Ricky Poe officiating. Burial: Waco Memorial Park.
Survivors include his sister, Fran Hendrick and her husband, Stephen, of Mart, Texas; a nephew, Matt Richardson and wife, Julie, of Lorena, Texas; and a niece, Stephanie Morrison and husband, R.D., of Magnolia, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Beth Edwards; and a niece, Jennifer Leigh Hendrick.
Carlton was born Feb. 24, 1942, in Sulphur Springs, Texas, to Beth and James Edwards. He and his parents moved to Waco when he was 2 years old. His sister was born in 1948, and the family was complete. Carlton attended Waco schools, graduating from Waco High School in 1959. He attended University of Texas and graduated from North Texas State University.
Carlton began his career with Rockwell Collins in February 1965 as a junior accountant in the International Division in Dallas, Texas. He then became an administrator in the International Quotation Control Department. In 1972, he transferred to Hong Kong as the administrative manager of Rockwell Collins (Far East) Ltd. He then assumed a similar position in Tehran, Iran. He returned to Dallas in 1977. In 1978, he joined the office of International Dealer Administration and became the manager. That department moved to Washington, D.C., in 1994, and he continued to manage that function as part of the Rockwell International Corporate Office. In 1997, he moved to the Costa Mesa, Calif., office as part of the corporate international staff and continued to work with international dealers and sales representatives in areas of compliance and administration. He then moved to Cedar Rapids in 1998 as a member of the offset team and government systems network of international sales representatives. He remained in Cedar Rapids until his retirement in 2010 after 45 years of service.
Important quote from Carlton: "I have spent my entire career with the company in one aspect or another of international business. I have enjoyed my long association with the people in the firms that constitute our international sales representative network, the people in our international sales force, and the people in our international subsidiaries. These groups and many others throughout the company work tirelessly to ensure our success in the global marketplace."
Carlton moved to Georgetown, Texas, in 2012, and really loved his new home! He very quickly made some amazing friends.
Carlton was fiercely loyal to family and always enjoyed family gatherings. His sister, Fran, can attest to the fact that family was everything to him. He is her hero and she is his cheerleader.
Carlton was a loyal fan of the University of Texas Longhorns and a life member of the UT Alumni Association. His family honored him with a brick in his honor at the alumni association.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the charity of your choice.
The family would like to thank all of the friends and neighbors who gave us love and support during this long journey. We would also like to express love and gratitude to Scott and White Hospice, Kelly, Marie, Carol and Denny and One on One caregivers Sabena and Lacy, who provided care and comfort during this difficult time.