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.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.