Theresa Mae Edison

September 17, 1941 – August 21, 2023

Theresa Mae Carroll was born on September 17, 1941 in Richland, Texas to Howard and Eva Carroll, the last of their ten children. She was baptized at an early age and matriculated through the Navarro County school system until moving to Houston in the early 60s to attend Texas Southern University and become a basketball coach.

Due to familial obligations, Theresa was not able to graduate from TSU, but settled down in Houston where she began a long career in retail at Sakowitz, the family-owned department store. She eventually met James McDaniel through mutual friends and though this union was not permanent, they did produce one beautiful child, Daphanie Carroll, whom they both adored. Theresa became a member of Mt. Hebron Missionary Baptist Church in the early 70s where she remained a faithful servant until her untimely passing. During this time, she met and married Ira Edison Sr. who brought 4 beautiful children to their union: Lora Edison, Ira Edison Jr., Wayne Edison (Allison), and Kimberly Edison. The two remained together until he preceded her in death in 2008.

Known as Granny or Theresa Mae to all who loved her, she enjoyed watching the Houston Rockets (especially with her husband, Ira), playing Phase 10, and indulging in Sunday dinners which turned into game nights with her family. As a devoted sister, auntie, and cousin, she looked forward to attending family events every single year, including the Carroll Family Homecoming Celebration at Carroll AME Chapel, White Family Reunion in Richland, hosting Thanksgiving dinner when it was her turn, and the Carroll Family Christmas Dinners. In recent years, she also enjoyed an annual pilgrimage to the Hyatt Wild Oak Ranch Resort in San Antonio for her birthday, as it was one of her favorite places.

Theresa is predeceased by her parents, 9 siblings: Howard Jr., Lawrence, Leonard, Harvey, James, John Arthur, Pernell, Thelma and Ruby; as well as one great-grandchild Davion Edison. However, she is survived by her brother-in-love Billy Jr., her sisters-in-love Thelma and Ida Mae, daughter, step-children, her grandchildren: Chelsea, Joseph, Markus, Anthony, Charlesia, Jeremy, Victon, Albert, LaToya, Ransom, Ashley, Traveon, Kyla, and Justice; as well as her great-grandchildren Antwan, Kennedi, Alaina, and Elijah Herron-Williams with whom she shared a special bond. She was beloved by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, distant family and friends.


Saturday, September 2, 2023 at 9:00 AM

Mt. Hebron Missionary Baptist Church, 7817 Calhoun Rd., Houston, Texas 77033

Funeral Service:

Saturday, September 2, 2023 at 10:00 AM

Mt. Hebron Missionary Baptist Church, 7817 Calhoun Rd., Houston, Texas 77033


Saturday, September 2, 2023 – Immediately following the funeral service

Houston Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 2426 Cullen Blvd., Pearland, Texas 77581


Saturday, September 2, 2023 – Immediately after the Interment

The Gardens Houston, 12001 Beamer Rd., Houston, Texas 77089

6 entries.
Hollywood and phyllis Hollywood and phyllis from Rosharon wrote on September 2, 2023 at 12:13 am
Mama was such a sweet and soft spoken person, May God bless her soul and the family
Caroline Harris Caroline Harris from Pearland wrote on August 30, 2023 at 5:47 pm
My heart is sadden by the news, but I know Ms. Edison is in a better place. She has been in my life for over 50 years and I am so blessed to have known her. I can remember so many happy memories of her and how we connected as not only neighbors, but God related affiliation of what family togetherness really means. I will miss her and it is great to know that she will always have a place in my heart. Also, just know that we will continue to have that close family togetherness for years to come to the rest and the family.
Elizabeth Bell Elizabeth Bell from Beaumont,Tx wrote on August 27, 2023 at 2:06 am
R.I.P. Ms.Theresa 🙏🙏🙏
Rev. A. Lafleur Rev. A. Lafleur from Houston wrote on August 26, 2023 at 11:31 pm
I pray for your strength in the Lord. I'm here for you if you need me for anything. I know Pastor Miller very well.
Shayna Lee Shayna Lee from Austin wrote on August 25, 2023 at 9:41 pm
I met Theresa over 50 years ago. She has been apart of my family since then. She is the mother of a young woman whom I consider my baby sister Daphanie, the grandmother of whom I consider my niece and nephew, Chelsea and Joey and the great grandmother of our young man, Elijah. She has always been present in all of my accomplishments cheering me on. She was the sweetest and kindest person who never had a cross word for anyone. She was angel on earth, and now an angel hanging out with Kathy, daddy and Noah. Theresa, you will be missed and I have all the love for your family. God bless you Daphanie, Chelsea, Joey, Elijah, and the rest of your beloved family. Shayna
Dr W Kenneth Horwitz Dr W Kenneth Horwitz from Houston wrote on August 25, 2023 at 4:30 pm
My deepest sympathy to the Edison family. My relationship to the family goes back over twenty very happy years