Meri Wilson Edgemon
AMERICUS - Mrs. Meri Wilson Edgemon, 53, of 129 Taylor St., died on Saturday evening, Dec. 28, 2002, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident south of Americus. Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Dec. 31, at Calvary Episcopal Church with Father Reginald Gunn officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Mrs. Edgemon was born on June 15, 1949, in Nagoya, Japan, a daughter of Col. Keith Streeter Wilson, USAF, of Americus and the late Eunice Lillian Ferguson Wilson. She was a homemaker and a member of Calvary Episcopal Church. At the time of her death, Meri was president of the Americus and Sumter County Arts Council and the Southwest Civic Chorus. She was deeply involved with and supportive of the Rylander Theatre as an active member of the Friends of the Rylander. She recently arranged and directed the music for the "Cotton Patch Gospel," which received state and national recognition. A popular local vocalist, she was a music theorist and recording artist, and had earned both a silver record and a platinum record for "Telephone Man," one of the many songs she composed.
She attended Marietta High School and Indiana University of Music, and received a bachelor's of science degree in music education and a master's degree in music theory from Georgia State University. She had a natural gift for drama and music, and excelled in playing the cello, piano, flute and guitar. While on a singing tour at Indiana University, Meri was in an automobile accident resulting in an extended recuperation in a body cast. During her period of confinement, she composed a number of songs which she subsequently used while singing at Underground Atlanta. The owner of Daddy's Money, a restaurant chain in Dallas, Texas, heard her sing and asked her to move to Dallas to perform.
On her album, "First Take," was the song, "Angel in Me" which she wrote about her daughter. Meri sang all the harmony parts and accompanied herself on the flute.
She served as choral director at the Avondale DeKalb School of Performing Arts from which several of her students were launched to careers on Broadway. She loved people, music and animals. Her creativity was matched with rare talent and energy to coordinate, energize, raise funding, lead and "make things happen." She was kind, had an unusual number of loyal friends, and sincerely loved her husband John, her daughter Ansley and granddaughter Jada, other family, friends, community, dogs, birds and music.
The family received friends from 7 until 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30 at Hancock Funeral Home. At other times, friends may call at the family residence, 129 Taylor St.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Americus and Sumter County Arts Council, P.O. Box 6618, Americus GA 31709.
Survivors, in addition to her father, include her step-mother, Carol Wilson of Americus; her husband, John S. Edgemon of Americus; a daughter, Ansley Hart Palmer of Kansas City, Mo.; a sister and brother-in-law, Virginia Wilson Powell and Richard S. Powell of Americus; a brother, David K. Wilson of Savannah; two step-sons, John V. Edgemon and James Edgemon, both of Americus; a granddaughter, Jada Hart of Kansas City, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Barbara A. Arshinkoff.
Hancock Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.