Corsley "Punch" Edwards, a Baltimore painting contractor and basketball enthusiast, died of lung cancer Monday at Northwest Hospital Center. The Woodlawn resident was 57.
Mr. Edwards was born and raised in East Baltimore. He was a 1965 graduate of Dunbar High School and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1972 from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
He was a territorial representative for American Oil Co. for several years before establishing A.C. Paint Co. in the early 1980s. He closed the Liberty Heights Avenue business in the 1990s. In recent years, he owned and operated a residential and commercial painting company.
A basketball player since his youth, at St. Frances Academy and Dunbar, Mr. Edwards continued to play in old-timers leagues until he was 52.
He enjoyed attending the games of his son, Corsley Edwards II, at Central Connecticut College. The Lake Clifton High School player was a 2002 draft pick of the Sacramento Kings and is a top scorer for the Continental Basketball Association's Skyforce in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Mr. Edwards was a member of Bethel African American Methodist Episcopal Church on Druid Hill Avenue.
A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. today in the chapel of Epworth United Methodist Chapel, St. Lukes Lane and Liberty Road.
In addition to his son, Mr. Edwards is survived by his wife of 37 years, the former Deborah White, a retired Baltimore County public school teacher and his high school sweetheart; two brothers, Jesse Edwards and William Edwards, both of Baltimore; and two sisters, Margie Blake of Baltimore and Reese Cavitt of Chicago.