EDDINS, Henry Earl, Jr., 86, 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.
Rev. Eddins is survived by his wife, Ruth. They would have celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary in June of this year. He is also survived by his daughters, Diane McGarity of Prattville, AL and Sondra Teate and husband Joe of Point Clear, AL; his grandson, Joe Teate, Jr. of Alpharetta, GA; his granddaughters, Karen Teate Bailey and husband Jason of Hoover, AL and Meagan McGarity of Prattville, AL; and his great-granddaughter, Kira Madeline Bailey of Hoover, AL.
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, they returned to Montgomery. While there Henry was active in Capitol Heights UMC working in particular with Seniors and shut-ins 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, they moved to Westminster Village in Spanish Fort to complete their retirement where he served as Minister to the Retired for the Spanish Fort UMC.
Visitation was held at Capitol Heights United Methodist Church on Tuesday April 19 at 11 am in the parlor with a service immediately following in the sanctuary. Graveside was at Trinity Gardens, Greenwood Cemetery. Honorary Pallbearers were the Clergy of the Alabama West Florida Conference.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, April 29, 2011, at the Spanish Fort UMC, Spanish Fort, AL, at 1:30 pm in the church Sanctuary.
The family requests donations in Henry’s memory be made to Covenant Hospice, Daphne, AL, Capitol Heights UMC, Montgomery, AL; or Spanish Fort UMC, Spanish Fort, AL.