Johnny Edwards Sr. was the seventh of eight children born to the late Rosie Shine Edwards and John Edwards. He grew up in Webster Parish Community where he confessed Christ at an early age.
He was a 1960 graduate of Webster High School and attended Butler College in Tyler, Texas.
He joined the New Light Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and a member of the choir. Later in life he fellowshipped at the New Hope Baptist Church in Castor under the leadership of Pastor Irving Caldwell where he served as Deacon, Superintendent of Sunday School, and Choir Member.