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Dakota James "'Cooter'" Edwards

September 23, 1996 — September 22, 2022

Dakota James ‘Cooter’ Edwards, 25, of Hodges, passed away September 22, 2022. He was born in Morristown, TN to Vivian Kitts Smith and Gregory Edwards.

Cooter, as he was affectionately known, graduated from Abbeville High School, Class of 2014. He graduated from Piedmont Technical College with a degree in HVAC-R and earned a Mechanical Contracting license from the state of South Carolina. Dakota was the owner of Edwards Mechanical of Hodges. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and taking care of animals, especially his dogs. Dakota was a member of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Tazewell, TN.

Dakota was preceded by his grandmother Blanche Barnard of Tazewell, TN.

He is survived by his mother, Vivian Smith of Tazewell, TN; his father Gregory Edwards of Jonesville, VA; his stepfather, Eric Smith of Calhoun Falls, SC; two daughters, Attison Lillie Edwards and Macey Gail Edwards of Greenwood, SC; fiancée, Ashlyn Gordon of Hodges, SC; his sister Natasha and husband Roger Smith of Greenwood, SC; his sister Ashley and husband Reid Parker of Tazewell, TN; paternal grandparents, Jack and Faye Edwards of Jonesville, VA and a special nephew Bentley Wheeler Riggs of Greenwood, SC.

The family will receive friends Saturday, September 24, 2022 from 5:00PM – 7:00PM at Harris Funeral Home in Abbeville, SC. Following services in South Carolina, Dakota will be transported to Coffey Funeral Home in New Tazewell, TN where arrangements will be determined for funeral and burial.

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Saturday, September 24, 2022

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Harris Funeral Home & Cremation Services - Abbeville

302 North Main Street, Abbeville, SC 29620

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