It takes a doer and a giver to spend nearly 48 years of service to others and this is just what Frank Edwards is.
A member of the Lions International Club since 1970, he first joined Lions International in Wylie. In 1975, upon moving to a farm between Hughes Springs and Marietta, he immediately joined and became active in the Hughes Springs Lions Club.
Upon arriving in East Texas, Edwards worked for a can company in Longview and later went to work for the Tyler Post Office as a rural carrier until he retired in 1991.
Holding down a full-time job never deterred Edwards from giving 100-percent participation to the Lions Club. He has held about every position there is within the Lions Club including three terms as president of the local club and several years as secretary and treasurer. He has been Deputy District Director and Zone Chairman and in 2012 was chosen to be in the District Hall of Fame.
Club President Phillip Chapman said when the Hughes Springs Lions Club decided to disband, it struck the heart of Edwards
“A servant is going to serve no matter the vehicle they have to serve through,” Chapman said. “It didn’t take long before Frank was inquiring with the Daingerfield Lions Club. Soon after, members from both clubs formed the Daingerfield-Hughes Springs Lions Club.
“Frank has always rolled up his sleeves and done whatever needed to be done, whether it was a fish fry, chili supper, pancake breakfast or supper or taking someone to the eye doctor to get glasses. Frank has always been a doer, and that is because he has a servant’s heart.”
One of the positions that Edwards served in for a number of years that was very dear to his heart was camp director for the Texas Lions Camp. He served 14 years until they adopted term limits. Edwards personally chaperoned numerous kids to camp down in Kerrville during the years he was camp director.
“I started the bus route down there,” Edwards said. “Instead of individual families going down, I got them going in a group.”
Among the many awards and recognitions he has received, Edwards has two International President’s Appreciation Awards. He is a life member in the Texas Lions Camp at Kerrville. He was honored for 100 percent camp director for five terms that he was in the camp. He is also a Texas Fella.
Edwards is active in his church and community. He is an active member of the First Baptist Church in Hughes Springs. He remains active in the Food Bank at the Catholic Church where he works once a month distributing food that is part of the Texas Food Bank. Food is received from Tyler to distribute. Edwards has worked some with Jenny’s Hope in downtown Hughes Springs which is part of the First Baptist Church.
Edwards’ wife, Dorothy, has been a huge supporter of her husband in his serving with the Lions Club.
“She used to make all the trips with me to Kerrville to the camp,” Edwards said.
When his wife became ill in 2015 and had to start having treatments, he became the caregiver, the chaperone, the cook and the maid.
“He still managed to attend Lions functions whenever he could and took care of his wife without complaining because he has a servant’s heart.” Chapman said. “Thanks to the merging of the Hughes Springs Lions Club with the Daingerfield Lions Club he is now back active as ever serving others through the Lions Club. In 2017, Frank was honored by the club as the recipient of the Lions Club Community Service Award and received a Crystal Globe at the Hughes Springs Chamber of Commerce Banquet.”
By MARLENE BOHR