Mark Edwards

Born in Sweetwater, TX on December 5, 1955

Departed on January 21, 2010 and resided in Ashland City, TN

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EDWARDS, Mark was born December 5, 1955, in Sweetwater, Texas to Walter Vernon Edwards and Kathleen Browning of Fisher County Texas. He died in Nashville, Tennessee on January 21, 2010. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mark attended school in Abilene, Texas and was active in band programs. He moved to Nashville in 1979 to play drums for Joe Sun. He had a long and fulfilling career as a drummer, playing for Lee Greenwood, Dottie West, T. Graham Browne, Davis Daniel as well as the comedy duo, Pinkard and Bowden. His career included numerous radio and TV shows such as HeeHaw, Austin City Limits and the Grand Ole Opry, as well as studio recordings for major labels. His final gig was playing drums for and managing singer songwriter, Jonell Mosser. Mark is survived by his wife of 24 years, Jana Kraner Edwards, son Austin 20 and daughter Erinne 17. In addition, he is survived by one brother, Thom Edwards and his wife, Tabatha Edwards of Nashville along with a sister, Susan Ussary and her husband Ray Ussary of Abilene, Texas. Additional survivors include Doug Browning uncle and his wife Bobbie Browning of Texas; Christine Edwards aunt of Texas; and five handsome nephews and four charming nieces. A memorial service to celebrate Mark's life will be held on Monday, January 25, 2010 at 4:00 at Clarksville Highway Church of Christ. The family requests donations to Alive Hospice in Nashville in lieu of flowers.

6 Comments to Mark Edwards

  1. Randy Layne
    January 24, 2010 12:00 am

    It was a blessing to have known Mark and to have been able to play both music and golf with him. What a talented guy. I’m sorry I’ll be out of town for the service, but I am so glad I got to see him and talk with him last week. I’ll be praying for all the family’s hearts to heal. “Precious to God are the deaths of his Saints” -Psalms 116:15.


    Randy Layne

  2. John Woodle
    March 20, 2010 12:00 am

    There was only one Mighty Thumper Foos, drummer extraordinaire. Mark was my favorite musician of all time. Our radar in the studio was so strong, Michael Henry, the studio owner at Castle Sound in Abilene, Texas, once turned off the lights as we neared the end of a rather delicate song, an end which required him to match the slightly ritarding notes at the end of the song. As always, and I mean always, Thumper matched me note for note, as if glued to my fingers.

    His high hat technique was not only unique to him, but as far as I know, certain high hat licks by Thumper were never, and probable will never be done by any other drummer. He was a natural musician, a funny guy in a sneaky kind of way, and a friend who would never give up until he was sure you were feeling better. I loved him so much, and I’ve thrown up a couple of Thumper Memorials that should show up on Google in the next few weeks. Please feel free to stop by and post something there as well.

    Love to you, Thumper, now and forever…


  3. lizzy luke
    February 25, 2011 12:00 am

    Although I haven’t seen Mark for more than 30 years I will never forget him or his smile! I’m so sad to hear that he passed away. We knew each other back in the days when he played with Joe Sun’s band Shotgun. He was a good friend and always had a smile ready when the rest of us were feeling down. I will miss him.

  4. John McCann
    March 3, 2011 12:00 am

    Fishing in Abilene of all places. Mark was off the road for a while and back in town seeing his family. He was going to sit in with Michael Henry later the same night but had no drums with him. He used my old set that night. He nor the old set ever sounded so good. I do not think we ever caught a fish.

  5. paulette gillespie
    June 1, 2011 12:00 am

    i just found out about Mark’s death ans i am deeply saddened, he and i were good friends in the good ol’ days when robertAlvis and we all played music and worked together at Tom’s Levi’s. he was a grat musician and a really good person, i don’t know if any of the iother band members are still alive, but I am sorry for your loss and i have many good memories of Mark,

  6. paulette gillespieJohnson Pierce
    June 1, 2011 12:00 am

    I apologize for the terrible mistakes in this message, i can be contacted through my email, Thom