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W.T. ‘Dub’ Edwards Jr. — Former longtime Samford professor Edwards dies comment (0)

April 24, 2014

By Julie Payne


W.T. ‘Dub’ Edwards Jr. — Former longtime Samford professor Edwards dies

W.T. “Dub” Edwards Jr., a former religion professor at Samford University in Birmingham and former religion department chair at the university, died April 11. He was 86.

Edwards was ordained to the ministry in 1946 at Twelfth Street Baptist Church, Gadsden. 

He graduated from Howard College (now Samford) in 1949 and later from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., where he received his doctorate.

As a college student, he served as pastor of both Concord Baptist Church and Pine Grove Baptist Church in Perry County. While in seminary, Edwards was pastor of two Baptist churches in Kentucky. 

He began teaching in the department of religion at Samford in 1958. 

In addition to the 40-plus years he taught at Samford, Edwards also was university chaplain from 1971 to 1986 and chair of the religion department from 1986 to 1992. In 1996, he was named Armstrong Professor of Religion at Samford.

He was widowed after 54 years of marriage to Peggy Jo.

He is survived by his wife, Martha; her daughter; his four  children; and six grandchildren.

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