Obituary of Iva Randall Edwards (1934 – 2021) – Ocean Springs, MS

Iva Joyce Randall Edwards
February 18, 1934 – September 29, 2021
Ocean Springs, Mississippi – Iva Joyce Randall Edwards, 87, returned home to her Lord and Savior on September 29, 2021.
Joyce was a woman of great strength and a character rooted in her faith, a faith that she instilled in her family. Born February 18, 1934 in Gulfport, MS, she was the fourth child of Luther Segie and Iva Curry Randall. She graduated from Gulfport High School and attended Mississippi Southern College (USM). Joyce worked at Hancock Bank, Mississippi Power Company, and retired from the University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, with 23 years of service. She was a member of Burton Memorial UMC, Gulfport, early in her life and St Paul UMC, Ocean Springs, having held various positions over the years including youth, music, Sunday School, United Methodist Women, administrative boards and commissions and prayer. ministry. Joyce was also a member of the Palmer Creek Campground Association, in Saucier, MS, where the family maintains a cabin. During her life she served in various community organizations such as the Community Concert Association, the Ocean Springs Garden Club, the 1699 Historical Society, and the Walter Anderson Museum of Art.
She was predeceased by her husband, Donald Fred Edwards; parents, Luther Segie and Iva Curry Randall; two brothers, William Gerald (infant) and LS Jack Randall, Jr; and a sister, Louise Randall Gordan.
Survivors include a beloved son, Randall Scott Edwards and his wife, Renee Webster Edwards; a treasured granddaughter, Sarah Elizabeth Edwards, who called Joyce “Lovie” and who was her grandmother’s “sweet honey baby”; and a sister-in-law, Katherine Lawrence Randall of Biloxi.
Memorials can be made at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church or the United Methodist Campground at Palmer Creek.
Services will be held at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 800 Porter Avenue, Ocean Springs, MS, on Monday, October 4, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Friends can visit an hour before. Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home, Ocean Springs is honored to serve the family of Mrs. Iva Edwards. View and sign the tribute online at

Published by The Sun Herald on October 3, 2021.

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