Mildred Pankey Edwards was born on November 20, 1932, in Appomattox, Virginia to the late
Hubert and Sadie (Daniels) Pankey. She was the eighth of nine children. Mildred departed this
life to go Home to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 2, 2023 at The Johns Hopkins
Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.
Mildred, affectionately known as Peggy, attended the Agee School in Appomattox County.
She accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior at an early age and was baptized at Springfield
Baptist Church. Upon moving to Baltimore, she worshipped at Southern Baptist Church and Mt.
Pleasant Church and Ministries. She loved the Lord and could often be heard singing His praises
in church and around the house.
Following her education, she worked at several jobs in Appomattox. She met and married Wilbur
Lee Robertson, Sr. and from this union, two children were born, Gloria and Wilbur, Jr. (Brother).
The family moved to Baltimore, Maryland where she gained employment in food service in the
Sparrows Point area near the Bethlehem Steel Company. Later she decided to become an
entrepreneur operating her own food truck called “Millie’s Diner” serving delicious meals to
factory and industrial workers around Baltimore City.
Some of Peggy’s many talents and interests were cooking, baking delicious apple galettes, pies
and cakes, fashion and sewing, gardening, and traveling. She often wore or accented her clothing
and home décor with her favorite colors, green and yellow; green for prosperity and yellow for
sunshine and happiness. She enjoyed the summer sun and beaches of Atlantic City and flying or
cruising to Canada, Nova Scotia, Nevada, and the US Virgin Islands. In her Baltimore
neighborhood, she was the treasurer for the East Baltimore Neighborhood Association.
After many years she married Joe Edwards on September 8, 1979. They had many of the same
interests especially driving luxury automobiles, traveling, and being with family in Virginia and
North Carolina until his passing in 1988. She loved big American-made cars and her new
husband gifted her with a brand-new Cadillac after the wedding ceremony. Her dream car was
her 2004 Lincoln Town Car which she drove frequently to Appomattox.
Mildred was preceded in death by five sisters: Leola Hairston, Erma Lewis, Hazel Proctor,
Kathleen Williams, and Sadie Garner; two brothers: Hubert Pankey and Anderson (Darby)
She leaves to cherish her memory a devoted daughter and son: Gloria Robertson of Appomattox,
VA, Wilbur L. Robertson (Daisy) of Wilmington, NC, granddaughter Stephanie R. Jackson
(ShaMicheal) of Buford, GA, great-grandchildren Sanai Jackson and Xavier Jackson, brother
Raymond Pankey (Martha) of Appomattox, VA; special cousins and friends Odessa Pankey,
Essie Bryan, Nelder Goode, Elizabeth Pankey, Frances Tibbs, Phillip Brown, and a host of
nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and friends.
A celebration of life service for Mrs. Mildred Pankey Edwards, known as Peggy to family and friends, will be held at the Springfield Baptist Church, 6074 Watt Abbitt Road, Appomattox, VA on Saturday, September 16, 2023, at 11 a.m. She will lie in repose for one hour at the church prior to the service.
A public viewing will be held on Friday, September 15, 2023, at the Bruce & Stiff Funeral Home, 1121 Old Courthouse Rd., Appomattox, VA from 12 noon until 6 p.m.
Facial masks must be worn at the church during the funeral service.