While working as a scorer at the Masters Tournament, Sonny Edwards was approached by a child who asked for his autograph.
Not knowing that the youth had mistaken him for golfer Gary Player, Mr. Edwards shook his head and kept walking.
"The little boy said, 'I won't pull for you anymore,"' said Mr. Edward's wife, Doris. "That poor little thing will hate Gary Player the rest of his life."
That was one of the few children Mr. Edwards ever disappointed, she said. Mr. Edwards died Wednesday after a 17-year battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Mr. Edwards, a Korean War veteran, loved working with children. When his son Randy was old enough to play T-ball, Mr. Edwards decided to coach the team. A tradition was born.
"Every year, when Randy would move up, he would move up with him," Mrs. Edwards said of her husband. "He wanted the kids to enjoy playing the game."
Along with coaching for Augusta's recreation department, Mr. Edwards served as a scorer for the Masters for more than 30 years, starting in the early 1960s. He was a member and deacon of Central Christian Church and had retired from Southern Bell after 40 years.
Most of all, though, Mr. Edwards was a man with a good heart and an infectious laugh, his wife said.
"He laughed down to his toes," she said. "When he laughed, everyone laughed."
Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Friends and family members are asked to assemble at the cemetery.
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