Lum Caswell Edwards, Jr.

January 21, 1932, March 29, 2019

Lum Edwards, Jr.

Lum Caswell Edwards, Jr. beloved husband, loving father, grandfather and great grandfather, brother and friend to many passed gently from this life on March 29, 2019. 

The descendent of a pioneer Beaumont family, Lum was born on January 21, 1932. He was the older son of Lillian Martin Edwards and Lum Caswell Edwards, Sr. Lum became a big brother when Martin arrived in 1940. Growing up in Beaumont’s North End, Lum enjoyed a happy childhood filled with baseball, marbles and comic books. In later years he fondly remembered youthful adventures with such friends as Teddy Bruce, Philip Dickinson and Doopie Williams. One of Lum’s favorite memories was the summer he and his compadres drove northward to explore the wilds of Canada sleeping in hammocks on the roadside along the way.

Lum’s academic career began as he attended Edwards Elementary (where he frustratingly never managed to convince his buddies that the school really was named after his grandfather) and later Dick Dowling Middle School. He graduated from Beaumont High School. Following graduation, Lum went on to Texas A&M where he roomed with his high school friend Buddy Foxworth. Their un-air conditioned dorm room windows were covered with burlap curtains made by Mrs. Edwards. Unfortunately, they had a tendency to smell terribly as temperatures rose. Lum’s days as an Aggie drew to a close after one year when he realized there were no girls on campus. He soon answered the call of Austin and transferred to the University of Texas where he majored in Finance. When not studying, Lum made the most of University social life as a proud member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. 

After graduating with his Bachelor’s Degree, Lum was fortunate to serve his country as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army. Stationed in post war France, he was a proud member of the “fighting finance corps”. Lum enjoyed his time in Europe living in a chateau just outside of Orleans, France where he took advantage of his beautiful surroundings. While on leave he would often drive through the countryside in his blue Volkswagen convertible, explore the sights of Paris and ski on the slopes of Switzerland.

Following his return to Texas, Lum joined the family firm J.S. Edwards & Company selling both Real Estate and Insurance. He was proud to be the third generation continuing a family tradition of serving the needs of Southeast Texas.

Lum’s days as a bachelor soon began to draw to a close when he was introduced to Mary Ann Minton. Taken by her beauty and charm he soon realized she was the woman with whom he wanted to spend the rest of his life. Within a year of their first date spent dancing at a “Honky Tonk” on Fannett Road, Lum proposed beginning fifty-seven years of marital bliss. As a young newly married couple, Lum and Mary Ann enjoyed a fun social life attending dinner clubs, dances, and parties with dear friends Martha and Buddy Foxworth, Jean and Dewey Gonsoulin, Suzy and Teddy Bruce, Pat and Gerry Klein and Peggy and A.D. Moore to name but a few. 

In 1960, Lum and Mary Ann welcomed the arrival of their first born Lum, III. The twins, Mary Catherine and Allison Ann followed soon after in 1963. The Edwards family home was always a place of love and laughter. Lum enjoyed spending time with his children. Playing catch with Lum, III and teaching the girls the finer points of croquet and tennis in the cul-de-sac in front of the family home were regular occurrences. An amazing story teller, Lum delighted in spinning yarns for his kids. With a pipe clamped between his teeth he would tell tales of pirate ships, princesses and the man with “snow white hair”.  Summer evenings were always a highlight when Lum would meet Mary Ann and the children at the Country Club pool after a day’s work. Leaping into the water he would let the kids jump off his shoulders into the pool. Always an encourager, Lum would patiently tread water in the deep end waiting for his children to summon the courage to jump off the diving board into his waiting arms. He was always there, ready to catch his children when they needed him most.

While family was the most important thing in Lum’s life, his business career as an Insurance Agent was the source of much pride for him. Working side by side with his father and his brother Martin, he helped grow J.S. Edwards and Company into one of Texas’ leading Independent Insurance Agencies. While Lum’s focus was primarily Business Insurance he was highly proficient in all areas of Property and Casualty insurance. He was an insurance technician who took pride in his ability to analyze and meet the unique insurance needs of his clients. Lum served his community in many different ways throughout his business career. In addition to the hundreds of clients he worked with, Lum chaired the Port of Beaumont Insurance Committee, served on the Beaumont Independent School District and South Park School District’s Insurance Committees. Lum was proud to work with clients such as the City of Beaumont, Lamar University, the Port of Beaumont, Lower Neches Valley Authority, the Art Museum of Southeast Texas and many others. Throughout his career Lum was recognized for his many achievements. He was named a Central Insurance Company Legend, he received the Rotary Club of Beaumont’s T. Kelsey Lamb Business Ethics award and was recognized by the Hartford Insurance Company for the Agency’s 100 years of continuous representation. When asked what he thought was the secret to his success he said, “Integrity is the key point to our business. We do what we say we are going to do. We treat our customers with respect. If there’s a secret, that’s the secret.”

Lum and Mary Ann began to focus on traveling more frequently upon her retirement. They enjoyed trips to New York, Washington DC, New Orleans, Cancun, London, Switzerland and Hawaii. They especially loved their annual springtime pilgrimage to Napa and California’s Wine Country. In addition to their own adventures, Lum and Mary Ann loved family outings and doting on their grandchildren. It was important to them that Joseph, Andrew, Anna and Catherine have fond memories of happy times spent with their grandparents. Lum and Mary Ann made a point of establishing an annual tradition of taking the entire family on vacation. Memories of trips to Disney World, Vail, New Orleans, San Antonio and Austin will always be treasured by the family. Lum shared his love for golf with his grandsons by taking them to play on a regular basis.  Every year he, Lum III, Joseph and Andrew held the “Edwards Father’s Day Classic” at the Beaumont Country Club. The level of play might not always have been stellar but wonderful memories were made.

Lum was a man of honor and integrity in all aspects of his life. He looked for the good in people refusing to say an unkind word about anyone. Lum led by example. His life exemplified what it meant to be a gentleman in a world that often scoffs at such a concept. Lum loved his family without reservation. He recognized the fragility of life and never took anything for granted. At the end of what proved to be the last Christmas Eve he would spend with his family Lum observed simply, “We are blessed.” Without doubt, Lum’s family and his many friends from all walks of life considered themselves blessed for the difference he made in their lives.  Lum will never be forgotten by all who knew and loved him. His spirit will live on in the lives he touched.

Lum is survived by his son, Lum Caswell Edwards III and his wife, Gerry; daughter, Allison Ann Edwards Brocato and her husband, Jim; grandchildren, Joseph Samuel Edwards and his wife, Leslie; James Andrew Edwards; Anna Elizabeth Brocato; and Catherine Ann Brocato;  great-grandson, William Caswell Edwards; brother, Martin Edwards and his wife, Melissa; niece, Seawillow Dixon Edwards; and nephew, Scott Minton and his wife, Shelly. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary Ann Edwards; and beloved daughter, Mary Catherine Edwards.

The family would like to express its thanks to the caregivers who so lovingly cared for Lum for the past several months, Joje Frantz; Sharon Boyd; Brenda Leday; Janet Narcisse and Mitzi Stansel along with the staff of the Skilled Nursing Unit at Calder Woods and Kindred Hospice.

A gathering of Mr. Edwards’ family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Monday, April 1, 2019 in the Parlor at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 1350 North 23rd Street, Beaumont.  His funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, with interment to follow at Magnolia Cemetery, Beaumont, under the direction of Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont.

Memorial contributions may be made in Lum’s memory to the Humane Society of Southeast Texas, P.O. Box 1629, Beaumont, Texas 77704 or Southeast Texas Food Bank, 3835 South Martin Luther King Parkway, Beaumont, Texas 77705.

Video

Broussard's Mortuary
Broussard's Mortuary - McFaddin Avenue
2000 Mcfaddin Avenue Beaumont, TX 77701
Gathering of Family and Friends
St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church The Parlor at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
1350 N. 23rd Street Beaumont, TX 77706
Monday, April 01, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Funeral Service
St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
1350 North 23rd Street Beaumont, TX 77706
Tuesday, April 02, 2019
11:00 a.m.
Interment
Magnolia Cemetery
2291 Pine St Beaumont, TX 77703

Comments (7)

  • Shannon Garrod

    05 April 2019 at 16:10 | #

    Lum and Gerry,

    I am so sorry for your loss, but grateful for what he has gained. My thoughts and prayers are with you!

    God bless,
    Shannon Garrod

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  • Juliette Prejean Hearn

    01 April 2019 at 13:25 | #

    Lum, Gerry, Allison & Jim,
    What a beautifully written tribute to your dad. I know he will be missed. My deepest condolences. It must bring some comfort, knowing he’s with your mom and Catherine. I pray God’s comfort and peace during this difficult time.

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  • Louis Blanda

    01 April 2019 at 02:11 | #

    Lum & MaryAnn were established customers at Jack’s Pak-It she we took over. They welcomed us with open arms and made us feel loved after taking over from the Fertitta family, that were loved by many for many years. His kindness and acceptance will always be appreciated and both he and MaryAnn will always be beloved costumers and friends of the store, all who worked there and all those who they greeted while shopping with us. Thank you for your kindness Mr. Edward’s! All of us at Jack’s Pak-It❤️

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  • Joan Lynn Smith Roberts

    31 March 2019 at 22:09 | #

    Dear "Lummy" as one of your ever loyal, Royal Purple school mates and later in life you were always a delight!!! A blessing to every one who knew you!!!

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  • Sharon Byrd

    31 March 2019 at 18:36 | #

    My prayer is for God to strengthen the family of Mr. Lum Edwards during this difficult time in their lives. It was an honor to be able to take care of him, in my own way I came to ❤ him. Looking forward to my shift to talk and tell him about my day. I'm going to miss you my friend, take your rest. BLESSINGS

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  • Lun Edwards

    30 March 2019 at 14:52 | #

    My heart & prayers are with now. Lum and I went through school together..loved him dearly.. he was just the best...My deepest sympathy..Love, Judy Dishman

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  • Brenda Leday (Caregiver)

    30 March 2019 at 14:47 | #

    Will always remember Mr. Lum Edwards and family.

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