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“I miss you with all my heart.and will always love you and be so grateful for the short time we had together. We shared more love for one another in...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Cheryl Goppert - Pensacola, FL

“Phil Brian Edwards I didn't really know what to say after you passed other than I was in disbelief. Our brother Troy Frye called me and then August...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Joel Hafner - Jefferson, MD

“Very sorry to hear of his passing. So happy I had the opportunity to spend time with him this summer. He was a dear man and a good friend. Will miss...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: James Dorais - Midland, MI

“RIP ”
4 of 10 | Posted by: Karen Kuys - Cadillac, MI

“It was an honor and a privilege to have known and served with Phil !! RIP ”
5 of 10 | Posted by: Gary Weathers - Martinsburg, WV

“RIP Brother. I'll always remember u and the good times we shared. Once Am, Always Will Be.... ”
6 of 10 | Posted by: Troy Frye - Virginia Beach, VA

“Phil will be missed. I served with him in TOG. He hadn't been in the team but about 6 months before I left there. I was a soloist and was surprised...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Eugene Moore - Boyd, TX

“Rest In Peace brother... ”
8 of 10 | Posted by: Karl Enzmann - Livermore, CA

“Rest in peace Phil, USADT John Bach 82-84 Honor Guard ”
9 of 10 | Posted by: John Bach - Fergus Falls, MN

“Phil was one of my favorite people on the planet. You will be truly missed my friend. Huge heart, fun loving guy. Rest in piece my brother... ”
10 of 10 | Posted by: Matt Kenney - Battle Creek, MI

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Philip Brian Edwards, age 49, of Battle Creek unexpectedly passed away on Tuesday morning, August 22, 2017. He was born in Battle Creek on May 27, 1968, and was the loving son of Mary & Vic Willerick and Christopher Alan Edwards. Phil graduated from Lakeview High School with the Class of 1986 and faithfully served his country as a member of the Old Guard with the United States Army serving as a White House Guard and Tomb Guard at Arlington National Cemetery.

Phil is survived by his parents, Mary & Vic of Battle Creek and Christopher of Virginia; his fiancée, Cheryl Goppert of Florida; his step-brother, Chad (Kerry) Willerick; his step-sister, Cheryl Willerick; his "Band of Brothers" and many friends around the world.

A true gentleman, Phil was truly one of the kindest and gentlest men you would ever meet, and he would do anything for his family and friends. He enjoyed bartending, playing golf, throwing darts, going to Battle Creek Bombers games, shooting his guns, and rooting for his Washington Redskins and Maryland Terrapins. Most of all, Phil loved spending time with his family, his beloved cats, and his many dear friends. Phil will be missed by all who were Blessed to have known him.

The family will receive friends 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., Monday, August 28th at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care where services to celebrate Phil's life will be held at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, August 29th. Interment with full military honors will follow at Fort Custer National Cemetery. The family will continue the celebration of Phil's life with a Potluck (Phil's favorite) at the American Legion Post#298 228, North 20th Street, immediately following the military service at Fort Custer. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the family c/o Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home. Personal messages for the family and/or favorite memories of Phil may be placed at

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Interment with Full Military Honors

Fort Custer National Cemetery

15501 Dickman Rd. Augusta, MI 49012