Goldsboro - Mr. Odell "Tony" Edmondson, 59, of Goldsboro,NC, traded his earthly instruments, to play for the heavenly choir on Thursday , February 13, 2020.
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“I believe every guitar player inherently has something unique about their playing. They just have to identify what makes them different and develop it.” Jimmy Page
Odell Tony Edmondson, 59, of Goldsboro, NC passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 13, 2020. He was born July 25, 1960 and was the son of the late Claude and Eleanor C. Edmondson. He was proceeded in death by his sister Jessie Dorothy “Dot” Jackson.
Tony was educated in the Wayne County Public Schools and was a proud graduate of the Goldsboro High School Class of 1978.
At an early age, Tony attended Goldsboro, Chapel Free Will Baptist Church. However, his music ministry led him to evangelize from church to church and city to city. His most recent church affiliation was under the leadership of Pastor Helen Reid and Deacon Mal Reid and the Pathway to Life United Holy Church Family of Fremont, NC.
Tony spent many years educating the youth through his employment and volunteering his god given talent at O’Berry Neuro-Medical Treatment Center, Wayne County Public Schools, and Cumberland County Schools which are all in NC.
Tony began his musical career at the age of 11. He was a self-taught guitarist and always had a unique way to make his guitar speak to your heart. He heard from God to make a joyful noise and not only did he believe that for himself, but he took it as a commission from God to share and teach all that he came in contact with. Tony was the CEO and Founder of Unity 'N' Vision Records/Studio Perfections where he did work as a producer and engineer. He was a song-writer, composer of gospel and love songs, and produced jingles for radio, tv commercials, and youth of all ages. For over two decades, he has performed for churches, concert halls, with different artists, and many other events. His performances have spanned across the country. Tony was a Christian Minister of Music. He believed that Jesus Christ died on the cross to redeem man-kind of all sins. He was a humble servant and very excited about what God had gifted him to do as a singer and guitarist. He touched the lives of many. Tony’s passion for music and people was a reflection of his belief.
Tony’s awards and accomplishments include the 1995 Governor Easley Award for School Volunteer, the 2004 Lamplighter Shirley Caesar Award, the Humanitarian for the State of North Carolina, the Fine Works of Education on the Behalf of Children, and many others.
Tony is survived by his sister Mable Graham of Manapattan, Massachusetts. He will be forever remembered by his siblings, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, godchildren, family members, and a host of special friends.
A true musician never dies, he just stops performing live.
Services of Love & Compassionate Care have been entrusted to Serenity Memorial Funeral Home & Cremations, LLC.