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Leslie Malcom (Skip) Edwards

January 5, 1950 ~ September 9, 2020 (age 70)


Leslie Malcom (Skip) Edwards, 70, passed away on Wednesday September 9th, 2020 at his home in Asheville, NC.  He was born on January 5th, 1950 to Jim and Paula Edwards in Chicago, IL.
Skip’s biggest joy in life was spending time with his family.  He was a voracious reader and passed this on to his children and grandchildren.  He loved listening to good music and especially enjoyed seeing live shows with his wife.  Skip was a wonderful husband, playful father, and loyal friend who had a great sense of humor.
Skip is preceded in death by his father Jim Edwards and mother Paula Gore.  He is survived by his loving wife of 17 years, Laurie Ivler; children Casey Gillespie and her husband Michael Gillespie of Tega Cay, SC, and Elizabeth (Dee) Edwards of Pasadena, CA; stepson Ian Urquhart of Asheville, NC; grandchildren Ava, Isla, Edward and Jane; brother Jim Edwards and his wife Cathy Edwards; sister Lisa Hollingsworth and her husband Virgil Hollingsworth; nephews James (Jimmy) Edwards, Matt Hollingsworth, John Edwards, Chance Edwards; niece Michelle Smith.
A small private service will be held on Saturday September 12th, 2020 at Carolina Memorial Sanctuary at 3:30pm.  Carolina Memorial Sanctuary will be using a green burial for Skip and no outside flowers, vases, or memorials are accepted on property.  In lieu of that Skip has requested that donations be made in his honor to Heifer International online at


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