Jim Edmonds, assistant vice president for institutional effectiveness, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer April 24, 2013, at his home in Henderson. He had joined the FHU staff in 1981 as the director of alumni relations. In 1983, he began a 29-year career teaching in the business department. In 2010 he was named a Distinguished Professor.
Jim earned the Associate of Arts degree from Freed-Hardeman College in 1975, a Bachelor of Science in finance from Harding College in 1977 and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Tennessee in 1980. After beginning his career at Freed-Hardeman, he earned a Master of Business Administration from Murray State University. Then, he added a Bachelor of Arts in Bible and a Master of Ministry from Freed-Hardeman, just because he “wanted to know.”
For two years, he and his wife Susan were missionaries in Bratislava, Slovakia. “Jim was a wonderful missionary,” Dana Blackwelder, who along with her husband Mark, was part of the team, said. “Our team benefited so much from having him there during those early years. Jim had a calm, thoughtful wisdom that he brought to the table. We needed that desperately and I am so glad they were there during that time,” she said.
Jim served the Estes Church of Christ for 20 years as the education director.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Susan Cannon Edmonds; his father James Quinton Edmonds; two brothers, Brad Edmonds and Grant Edmonds; and two sisters, Laura Craft and Andrea Weed. Funeral services were conducted at Estes by Mike Cravens, Jesse Robertson and Mark Blackwelder.
Memorials may be sent to the Dr. Jim Edmonds Scholarship Fund at Freed-Hardeman University, 158 East Main Street, Henderson, TN 38340.