Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2014-04-16

Former Samford University religion professor W. T. "Dub" Edwards died April 11, 2014. He was 86.

A 1949 Samford graduate, he taught at the school for 40 years, from 1958 to 1998. During that time, he taught New Testament and served as religion department chair and university chaplain.  He was named Armstrong Professor of Religion in 1996 in honor of his educational background, strong social and communication skills and concern for excellence in teaching spiritual and ethical values. He also served a time as coordinator of ministry placement with University Ministries.

A Greek and Hebrew scholar and former pastor of churches in Kentucky and Alabama, he held a Ph.D. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. He was ordained to the ministry at Twelfth Street Baptist Church in Gadsden, Ala., in 1946.

A celebration of his life will be held Monday, April 21, at 1 p.m. in Samford's Reid Chapel. The family will receive friends immediately following the ceremony.

Memorials may be made to the Dr. W. T. Edwards Endowed Scholarship, Office of Advancement, Samford University, 800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL 35229.


About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.