Jay Todd Edwards, 60, of Taylorville, IL, passed away at 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 23, 2020.


Jay was born March 20, 1959 in Vandalia, IL, the son of Joseph Max and Lou (Gatewood) Edwards.  He attended Edinburg Schools and worked as a self-employed carpenter and handyman for many years.  Jay was an animal lover, especially horses.  He enjoyed barrel and keg racing, and was excellent at breaking and training horses.  The meaner the horse, the better.  Jay also enjoyed fishing, and he was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Edinburg.


He was preceded in death by his father, J. Max Edwards; and great niece, Brynslee Kay Edwards.


Jay is survived by his son, Joshua (wife, Debbie) Hooper of St. Charles, MO; mother, Lou Edwards of Edinburg, IL; brothers, Bill (wife, Beanie) Edwards of Leslie, MI, Kevin Edwards of Edinburg, IL, Gary (wife, Terri) Edwards of Taylorville, IL, John (wife, Lori) McNeely of Vandalia, IL, and Bill (wife, Paula) McNeely of Effingham, IL; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.


Private family inurnment will be held at Anderson Cemetery in Palmer, IL.


Memorial contributions may be made to: Christian County Animal Control, 300 S. Baughman Rd., Taylorville, IL 62568.


The family has entrusted Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin St., Taylorville, IL 62568 with arrangements.


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