Born: Ap­ril 1, 1861, Leam­ing­ton, On­tar­io, Ca­na­da.

Died: Oc­to­ber 29, 1933, An­der­son­ville, Ten­nes­see.

Buried: An­der­son­ville Ce­me­te­ry, An­der­son­ville, Ten­nes­see.


Edward was the son of John W. Av­is, from Kent, Eng­land, and Har­ri­et Av­is of Ca­na­da, and hus­band of An­na Hu­di­burg.

He moved with his fa­mi­ly from Ca­na­da to Flint, Mi­chi­gan, as was a young boy. By 1883, he was in An­der­son­ville, Ten­nes­see. He was run­ning a mu­sic pub­lish­ing com­pa­ny in An­der­son­ville as of 1889.

In 1882, Avis be­came gen­er­al sec­re­ta­ry of the Young Men’s Chris­tian As­so­cia­tion (YMCA) of Ow­ens­bo­ro, Ken­tuc­ky.

Later, he was or­dained a min­is­ter of the Me­thod­ist Epis­co­pal Church.

In 1897, he joined the Unit­ed Breth­ren Church, and served pas­tor­ates from the state of New York to the state of Wash­ing­ton. In 1894, he ap­pears in re­cords as a pas­tor in Knox­ville, Ten­nes­see. By 1898, he had moved to Chat­ta­noo­ga, Ten­nes­see.





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If you know where to get a good pho­to of Av­is (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),