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In Memory Of Our Poets

Muir Jennings 'Tim' Edney, Jr. (1939-2020) - Class Of 1958

Muir Jennings Edney, Jr. or "Tim" Edney, 81, of Orange Park, Florida passed away on December 2nd, 2020. Although Tim went home to be with the Lord, he will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Tim was born in Birmingham, Alabama on October 30th, 1939, to the late Muir and Katherine Edney. He later attended Sidney Lanier High School in Montgomery, Alabama, and was a star in baseball, basketball, track, and played football as well. Tim even turned down offers from the Brooklyn Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates for pro baseball. In track, he went on to be the state decathlon champion in 1958, the year he graduated from high school. Attending Florida State University (FSU) to run track, Tim also won a full scholarship to play basketball there.

At FSU, he excelled in both sports and majored in business, which suited his future career in finance. He began a career in banking in Mobile, Alabama, and was in the Army Reserves. After becoming a vice-president at Barnett Bank in Jacksonville, Florida, Tim decided to pursue a career in insurance. He started his insurance career with Massachusetts Mutual and did very well. He later worked for Principal Financial Group and Pacific Life.

His passion for sports continued when he picked up tennis as an adult. He went on to become one of the better players in his age group in the state of Florida. Tim was an avid participant of the United States Tennis Association for over 40 years and loved to help others learn the game.

Most importantly, Tim will always be remembered for his love of Christ and others around him. He was a long-time member and usher of Jacksonville Word of Faith Church, as well as serving on their Advisory Committee.

Tim is preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Dottie Branch, and his loving wife of 43 years, Alice "Lissa" (Lowe) Edney.

He is survived by his wife, Lydia Torres; children, Kathy Brennan, Chip Edney, and Jennings Edney; sister, Peggy Grigg; grandchildren, Anthony Edney, Nicole Edney, Tommy Brennan, Samuel Brennan, Joshua Edney, Jordan Edney, and Mallory Edney.

There will be a private family gathering and celebration of Tim's life in January 2021.

Published in Florida Times-Union from December 23 - 25, 2020.