Norman A. Edmonds, 78, autoworker, musician

March 10, 2006

Norman Alvin Edmonds, a retired autoworker and professional musician, died of Parkinson's disease March 3 at FutureCare Old Court. The Ashburton resident was 78.

Mr. Edmonds was born and raised in Detroit, and moved to Baltimore in the 1940s after finishing high school.

He was an assembly line worker for 27 years at General Motors Corp.'s Broening Highway plant until retiring in the 1980s.

Mr. Edmonds was founder of the Edmonds' Trio and its lead vocalist and percussionist until the group disbanded several years ago.

"He was quite a vocalist and played the Casino and Sphinx Club back when Pennsylvania Avenue was in its heyday. He also performed at the Blue Mirror in Washington," said the Rev. William C. Calhoun Sr., pastor of Trinity Baptist Church and a longtime friend. "He was a very introspective person who enjoyed life and was very supportive of his wife's work."

Mr. Edmonds' wife of 53 years, the former Elizabeth Arthur, is a retired principal of Baltimore's Northern High School.

Mr. Edmonds enjoyed book collecting, playing the piano and watching sports.

Services were yesterday.

Also surviving are a son, W. Bernard Edmonds of Baltimore; and three brothers, Monzie Larry Edmonds of Phoenix, Jerome Steve Edmonds of Detroit and Anthony Reginald Edmonds of Costa Rica.

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