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The Inevitable

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Thank you for the spark support offered when circumstances have interfered with my healthy lifestyle. My precious daddy removed one of my
to-exercise excuses Saturday evening when he "loosed these mortal coils" and went Home to wholeness. I look forward to seeing him on the other side, knowing he will once again be talking, laughing, walking and dancing.

I wanted you to get a glimpse of his life. He was such a wonderful man and excellent role model.

This was his obituary in our local paper.

Jack Raymond Eddinger Aug. 2, 1926 - May 18, 2013 Mr. Jack Raymond Eddinger, 86, of Winston-Salem, died peacefully at his home on Saturday, May 18, 2013. He was born August 2, 1926 to William S. "Jack" and Mabel P. Eddinger. He attended Griffith High School prior to joining the U.S. Navy. He graduated with honors from both the Naval Air Gunners School in Jacksonville, FL and the Naval Air Technical Training School in Memphis, TN. He then served as an Aviation Machinist Mate aboard the USS Anzio and as a gunner on a PBY amphibious aircraft during WWII. He later served in the Naval Reserves aboard the USS Siboney. On August 10, 1946, he married Annie Frye, who survives him. He retired from Rebb Industries in Yadkinville, of which he was a founding partner. He was a charter member of Griffith Baptist Church where he was a deacon, Sunday School teacher, choir member and "candy man." He was predeceased by his parents; sister, Gladys Blair and brothers, Bill, Bob and Jerry. Jack was always generous with his time, talents and resources. He was greatly loved and respected and will be sorely missed. Survivors, in addition to his wife, are daughters, Sheila (Jim) Little and Sherri (Jeff) Smith; grandchildren, Heath (Neva) Little, Joshua (Amy) Little, Jacob Eddinger-Smith, Annie E. (Josh) Frank; great-grandchildren, Jack, Evan, Kimball, James and Ella Little and Sophie and Lola Frank; sisters, Jane Ketchie, Ann Lambeth and brother, Jimmy. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at Griffith Baptist Church with Rev. Tony Brown and Rev. Mike Willard officiating. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorials to Griffith Baptist Church, 1987 Old Salisbury Rd., Winston-Salem, NC 27127 or to The Salvation Army, 130-A Stratford Ct., Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Online condolences may be sent to

In front of the beach cottage he built on weekends over 40 years ago.

On the dock on the intracoastal waterway by the beach house

Dancing with my daughter at her wedding


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
STR458 6/1/2013 3:57PM

    I thank you for sharing a little of your Dad.

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GOLFGMA 5/22/2013 4:35PM

    I love this tribute to your Dad. I can see that he was special in many ways! I admire the way you and your sister helped in his care and supported your Mom during the convalescence of your Dad. So happy that you can be with him in eternity. emoticon

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MICHELELYNN777 5/22/2013 11:29AM

    What a wonderful testimony of your dad's life! He not only served our country, but he served the Lord, too. What a precious man! I know you will all miss him, but look forward to the day you will see him again in Heaven. Praying peace and comfort to you and your loved ones.
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HILLSLUG98239 5/22/2013 11:11AM

    Your father was a member of our greatest generation. When I think of the sacrifices Americans made - ALL Americans - during the Second World War, I wonder how we would react to sugar rationing and gas coupons. I am grateful for his service. Thank you for sharing a brief glimpse into who he was.

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