A rustic arrangement featuring ring-necked pheasants among branches and flowers can often be found decorating the Fellowship Hall lobby. The intriguing display was donated in the late 2010s in memory of Gary “Dennis” Edwards, Sr. by his family. His widow, Charlotte Edwards says, “He was very active in the church and I know he would look down at smile at that arrangement being here for other people to enjoy.”

Dennis grew up in rural Hancock County Georgia to a family that ran a lumber company. He loved being in the outdoors and was a skilled hunter. Charlotte remembers he always came home from hunting trips with tales of forest animal antics that he observed. Fall was his favorite time of year, so his memorial display is embellished with extra foliage during the autumn months.

The next time you see our Pittman Park Pheasants in the Forest arrangement, be thankful for Dennis Edwards and all of God’s creation that he enjoyed.