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Resident Spotlight: Chuck and Kitty Edwards

By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date February 15, 2023

Meet the Edwards! Chuck and Kitty Edwards moved to Kirkwood in July of 2022. Chuck was born in Birmingham but grew up in Auburn, AL. His father served as the Dean of Admissions for Auburn University for 40 years. One of four children, Chuck received a scholarship to attend Phillips Exeter Academy, a prestigious boarding school known for its rigorous education. Although studious, Chuck was also incredibly athletic, as he played tennis and lacrosse. He went on to play lacrosse at Harvard and for a semi-pro team called the Pennsylvania Lacrosse Club. At Harvard, he was also in the Air Force ROTC, and he went on to serve 14 years in the military: two years on active duty and twelve in the Air National Guard.

Kitty was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama. She had a wonderful life in Montgomery with her parents and one sibling. She attended Auburn University. Kitty always enjoyed swimming and tennis, the latter of which she played until maybe 10 or 12 years ago.

Chuck and Kitty were introduced by Kitty’s cousin when Chuck moved to Montgomery to work for First National Bank. After a beautiful courtship and engagement, the two were married in 1961. Chuck continued to work at First National Bank, and he also taught economics and accounting courses for the University of Alabama, the Banking School of the South in Baton Rouge, and for George Washington University Command and Staff College. A few years later, a group of friends and business colleagues asked Chuck to run a small bank they had purchased in Kentucky. Chuck and Kitty moved to Owensboro, KY, where they had their first two children: Charles Wesley “Wes” Edwards, III, and James “Jimmy” Sellers Edwards.

After another banking opportunity led them to Florence, AL, where their third son, William, was born, the Edwards family moved back to Kentucky – this time, to Louisville. They raised their three boys in Louisville. “We had a beautiful life in Kentucky,” Kitty shared. “Before we left Louisville, we bought a piece of property with a cabin on it back in Florence on the river. We leased the property back to the older couple we bought it from, but when the kids were old enough to enjoy it with their families, we moved to the lake.”

Chuck and Kitty enjoy spending time with their three boys. They are incredibly proud of their grandchildren, and they are expecting their first great-grandchild this month. “We are so honored that they are naming the baby after Chuck,” Kitty said. “He will be Charles Wesley Edwards, V, but we’re going to call him Charlie.”

Their son, Wes, and his wife, Lynnell, live in Louisville and have two sons: Charles IV and Jasper. Jimmy and his wife, Marguerite, live in Pawleys Island, SC, with their son, Morgan. William and Liz are local to Birmingham. They have three children: Will, Lydia, and Mary.

At Kirkwood, Chuck and Kitty can be found staying active. “Chuck walks outside religiously, every morning,” Kitty shared. “Ninety percent of the time, I’m with him. I also enjoy going to exercise classes.”

They are also encouraged by the abundance of activities available at Kirkwood. “The calendars are jam-packed with good things,” Kitty said. “You can’t help but find something on there that you enjoy doing.”

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The Residents

Our residents come from different backgrounds and bring their unique qualities, talents, and life experiences to complete the Kirkwood community. Here are just a few reflections from some individuals who call Kirkwood their home.

I fell in love with the cottage and the view from my back porch. I am excited to have a yard for Ginger, my poodle, to play in and my own garage, all within an established retirement community!

Charlotte Hamilton Current Resident

My husband and I looked at a number of places when deciding to move to a retirement community. For the most part, we found communities that said, ‘We’re going to take care of you.’ But Kirkwood was different. It wasn’t just about taking care of us. It was also about having fun, having friends, and living life to the fullest. The attitude at Kirkwood was positive and the atmosphere was comforting. We simply couldn’t resist. Without a doubt, the location was ideal. The Cahaba Room that overlooks the river, the mountains, the trails – there were just so many things about life. The community was lively. It was alive.

Alice Brooks Current Resident

We realized we were approaching an age where we might need more assistance than what just downsizing could provide. Knowing we have my sons nearby and the levels of care should we need it is comforting, and the beautiful hillside, river, and the woods makes it that much more appealing. We don’t know of any other community that has the woods, the various levels of care, and so many different amenities.

Phyllis and John Guschke Current Residents

We were moving my parents down from the Cleveland area to be near us. I looked at almost every retirement place in the Birmingham area. The second I turned into Kirkwood’s drive and drove up the hill, I knew that I’d found the perfect place for my parents to live in Alabama. In the six years that my parents have been at Kirkwood, I have always felt nothing but love and helpfulness from every staff member. Everyone is always helpful with a pleasant attitude. You can truly see and feel the family atmosphere. I’m happy that my parents can call Kirkwood their home.

Brenda Sheehan Kirkwood family member

When we learned that Cedar Ridge was being developed, that seemed to fit our needs very well. It is the ideal place for the next phase of our retirement.

Carol and Arthur Stephens Current Residents

One thing that we feel is very important here at Kirkwood by the River is the relationship that we have between the staff and the residents. They are dedicated to making our life here as safe and secure and pleasurable as possible. That goes a long way.

Fred Rogers Current Resident

The community's cottage living surrounded by a wooded, natural environment with access to future healthcare services is what attracted us to Kirkwood!

Rick and Jane Ricketts Current Residents