Texas Border Business
Hidalgo County Commissioners Court recognized Edwards Abstract and Title Company for 140 years of devoted service to Hidalgo County and the Rio Grande Valley on Tuesday.
Team members and long-time employees from Edwards Abstract And Title Company joined Hidalgo County Precinct 4 Commissioner Ellie Torres, who sponsored the proclamation, and accepted the recognition via Zoom.
With a face covering in tow, President and Chief Executive Officer Byron Jay Lewis thanked Commissioners Court.
“Thank you for having us on the agenda,” said Lewis. “This is a great honor.”
The title company, which is the second oldest in the State of Texas, was founded in 1880 by Judge James Henry Edwards who practiced law and earnestly operated the business until he died in 1925.
The company was later purchased by Jesse D. Hedrick in 1984 with the headquarters located in the heart of downtown Edinburg and later expanded locations to McAllen, Weslaco, Mission and Sharyland Plantation.
In 1999, Byron Jay Lewis joined Edwards Abstract And Title Company as a partner and was privileged to purchase the company in 2001 where he honorably serves as President and Chief Executive Officer.
Edwards is recognized as a strong supporter and contributor of many non-profit organizations in the RGV and across Texas, it is the largest independently owned title insurance provider in the South Texas Region with eight locations.
“Congratulations. That’s quite an accomplishment,” said Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez. “I wish you and your company many more years of continued success in our county.”
Pictured from L-R: Controller/Accounting department Edna Cazares (33 Years),
Vice President & Marketing Manager Elva Jackson Garza (18 years), Hidalgo County Precinct 4 Commissioner Ellie Torres, President & CEO Byron Jay Lewis (21 years), Sr. Title Examiner Clay Sanchez (35 years), and Sr. Escrow Officer Norma Cano (28 years). Team members and long-time employees from Edwards Abstract and Title Company accepted a Resolution sponsored by Hidalgo County Precinct 4 Commissioner Ellie Torres, recognizing the company for 140 years of service.