Edwin was preceded in death by his parents, Isidor and Corinne Kerstine of Clarksdale. He was born on September 27, 1945 in Clarksdale. He graduated from Clarksdale-Coahoma High School in 1963 and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Mississippi.
Edwin was an Attorney-at-Law and Public Defender in Natchez for over 25 years. Later, he moved to Jackson where he continued his law practice and was employed part-time at Baptist Hospital as a medical lab technician. Since 2001 he served as an Administrative Law Judge in the Office of Hearings and Appeals, Social Security Administration.