by Stella Anderson Prather
As he participated in a drama portraying the crucifixion of Christ, 20-year-old Antwoyne Edwards, a student at Ouachita Baptist University, could not have known that this community worship service would be his last opportunity to share the gospel. Hours later, on the morning of Friday, April 21, Edwards drowned while boating across Lake DeGray near Arkadelphia, Ark., where Edwards was finishing his second year at Ouachita.
As a member of the Ouachita football team, he stood out on the field as the starting halfback; however, off the field Edwards was looked upon as being passionate about winning the football team, and anyone else, for Christ.
"Antwoyne was a good student and an excellent athlete, but I think everyone who knew him thought of him first and foremost as a committed Christian who worked tirelessly to tell the good news of Christ," said Andrew Westmoreland, president of OBU. "Whether it was a mission trip to another state or counseling with friends on the football team, Antwoyne led many people to a saving faith in Christ, "Westmoreland said.
According to Ouachita officials, Edwards, a health and physical education major, went camping with his teammates Nathan Syer and Matt Klopfer, as well as recent graduate Mark Palfreeman. Deciding to return to campus during the early morning hours on Friday, April 21, Edwards and two others in the group were crossing the lake to return to their vehicles when the boat began to take on water. The others on board the boat tried to save him, but they were unsuccessful.
Fellow student and friend Brian Mills described Edwards as a man who was "totally bold" in his witness for Jesus Christ.