GROVEPORT -- "Farmer John" has died.

Clarence Paul Edwards -- who wrote under the pen name " Farmer John" -- passed away at his home during the day on Friday, Feb. 18, said his son, Anthony "Tony" Edwards of Groveport, who informed The Daily & Sunday Jeffersonian on Monday, Feb. 21.

"Behind the Barn with Farmer John" was published for 40 years in this newspaper. It was one of our most popular columns.

"Farmer John" -- who at one time lived outside Birmingham in Guernsey County -- received thousands of letters, tips and recipes from the readers of Ohio newspapers in which his column appeared.

He weekly invited them to send him questions on lawn, flowers or garden, tips or hints, which he would share.

He regularly offered a suggestion for readers to help others if they were able, and he used the words "sunshine" and "smiles" a lot.

"Being the thoughtful man I knew, he would not have wanted to have left his readers without knowing the reason for why he stopped writing in your newspaper, why he stopped writing a column he's been so passionate about for many decades. He cared so very much about his readers that we (Paul's family) often considered the readers his extended family," said Tony Edwards.

C. Paul Edwards was born Sept. 17, 1944.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence P. Edwards Sr. and Ida May (Davis) Edwards; his son Henry P. Edwards; and two grandsons, Kyle and Scott Hubbard.

He is survived by his former spouse of 42 years, Janis; his children, Paul (LydiaAnn), Anthony (Brenita), Cindy, Hallie, Jennifer (Rex), Gail, William (Jennifer), Emanuel (Kristi); 18 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Paul was known by his range of hobbies. He was an avid writer and a beloved columnist.

He was a passionate storyteller, a gifted artist, a committed swimmer and a faithful attendee of Madison Christian Church.

Family will receive friends today (Tuesday) from 10 a.m. to noon, with a service at 11:30 a.m., at the Myers-Woodyard Funeral Home, 587 Main St., Groveport.

Burial will follow in Asbury Cemetery.

Tony said the family will maintain his post office box and correspondence may be sent to P.O. Box 234, Groveport, OH 43125.