Quitman Mayor Jerry Edwards has died.

Mayor Edwards passed away Friday evening at his home about 8:30 p.m. from an ongoing battle with cancer.  

A memorial service will be held Tuesday at 11a at Sand Springs in Mineola.

With regard to the City operation, Mayor Pro Tem J.R. Evans will fulfill all duties and responsibilities of the office of Mayor until such time as the City Council should appoint a Mayor or a Mayor is elected through the May 11, 2013 City general election.

"I am honored to have called Jerry my friend and fellow worker in Christ & for the community he loved so much," said Mike Hall. "I already miss him terribly, as I know many will.  Please pray for his family through this difficult time."

Mayor Pro Tem Evans has ordered flags at all City owned facilities to half-mast until Wednesday and requests others within the community to honor the Mayor's memory and family in similar fashion.