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In Memory Of Our Poets

Henry Earl Eddins, Jr. (1924-2011) - Class Of 1942

Henry Earl Eddins, Jr., a retired United Methodist Minister and a resident of Westminster Village in Spanish Fort, AL, passed away on Friday, April 15, 2011, after a lengthy illness. He was preceded in death by his parents Henry Earl Eddins, Sr. and Sally Knowles Eddins and a grandson, Shaun O'Neal McGarity. Henry was born in Birmingham, AL and grew up in Montgomery, AL. He was a graduate of Sidney Lanier High School in Montgomery, AL, Bob Jones University in Cleveland, TN, and Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY, during which time he served student pastorates in the North Alabama Conference and the Kentucky Conference of the Methodist Church. Rev. Eddins served in the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church for over 47 years as pastor to 23 churches and as a District Superintendent of both the Andalusia District and the Pensacola District. Upon retirement in 1989, he returned to his home church, Capitol Heights UMC, where he worked with Seniors planning and leading numerous tours to various venues. He also served as a chaplain assistant at the Veteran's Hospital and a volunteer chaplain at Baptist Hospital in Montgomery. In 2002, he and his wife Ruth, moved to Westminster Village in Spanish Fort to complete their retirement where he served as Minister to the Retired for the Spanish Fort UMC. Rev. Eddins is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ruth; daughters, Diane McGarity of Prattville, AL and Sondra Teate and husband Joe of Point Clear, AL; grandson, Joe Teate, Jr. of Alpharetta, GA; granddaughters, Karen Teate Bailey and husband Jason of Hoover, AL and Meagan McGarity of Prattville, AL; and great- granddaughter, Kira Madeline Bailey of Hoover, AL. Visitation will be held at Capitol Heights UMC in Montgomery, AL on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at 11 am. The funeral service will be held at 12 pm with the graveside service following. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Capitol Heights UMC, Montgomery, AL; Spanish Fort UMC, Spanish Fort, AL; or Covenant Hospice, Daphne, AL. Condolences may be expressed at www.alabamaheritagefh.c om. Alabama Heritage Directing