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Blog entry by Don Broussard posted 08-09-2017 02:34 AM 7818 reads 1 time favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Eddie Antley, talented woodworker and friend to many, died of a heart attack on August 4, 2017. He made plans for his body to be cremated, and his wish was carried out today, after a simple but touching ceremony at Mulhearn Funeral Home in West Monroe, LA. The service included full military honors. LJ’s Dave Bardin (superdave721), William Day (william) and I attended, representing the Lumberjock Community. I had the funeral director put a small square in the chest pocket of his coveralls as a small token from the LJ community.

Eddie (LJ name “eddie”) was born on July 12, 1955. After he graduated from high school, he served in the US Air Force as a military police officer. He also had several other interests during his life, including bull riding, astronomy, cooking, Bible study (he even named his treasured Boston terriers after prophets), entrepreneur (bar owner) and woodworking—all these different interests make him almost like George Plimpton. He was a long-term General Motors employee.

Several people who knew Eddie well presented testimonies about him during the ceremony. Common themes were noted in those testimonies, such as selflessness, a positive attitude, passion in whatever he did, good storyteller, good listener who always knew what to say. Just the fact that his ex-wife and her husband testified says a lot about Eddie’s impact on others. Several young people also presented how Eddie counseled them in their own rough times.

When Eddie’s daughter was planning her wedding, she was torn on who would walk her down the aisle and she talked with Eddie about that. Eddie told her that she had two daddies, and that they would both walk her down the aisle. The “other daddy” was impressed that Eddie consented to allow him to walk with, and participate in, giving the daughter away.

There were, of course, lots of humorous stories. Eddie enjoyed playing video games, getting all the way to Level 60 on some zombie video game, which I understand is very hard to do. He was playing on his son’s X-Box account, and several other players taunted and trolled Eddie, and his response to them got his son’s account suspended for 3 days. Eddie’s “ex-husband-in-law” told about times when the children would visit with Eddie and come home with exotic pets like a python, iguana, gerbil, rabbits and the like. They wondered who was being punished: the ex-wife or the ex’s husband.

After the ceremony ended, the three of us honored Eddie by having lunch at Popeye’s, one of his favorite places and a telephone number which he had on speed dial.

For LJs who knew Eddie, it was very nice to hear Eddie’s goodness validated. He was a friend to all, loved his God and was faithful and a servant leader. Godspeed to you, Eddie. We love and miss you.

LJ Don Broussard

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!



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#1 posted 08-09-2017 02:39 AM

I am still in shock and torn. The world lost a ray of light.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 08-09-2017 03:03 AM

This is a big loss for sure Don. Thanks for the great write up and thanks to William, Dave and yourself for representing the community here today…...

I consider myself a better person for knowing eddie and am so fortunate to have the chance to meet up with him at 2 gatherings…...he was a self proclaimed coonass and then laughed….and always had the best stories…...

He will be missed for sure….

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#3 posted 08-09-2017 03:18 AM

I met eddie on two occasions. He was someone I wished I could have seen every day after that. I’ll miss him forever, but Im so happy that he crossed my path.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#4 posted 08-09-2017 03:33 AM

Eddie, your love of life and sense of humor touched so many of us. I am honored to have known you.
Now you really know the meaning of the words:

“Just another day in paradise”

because that is where you are.

Thanks, Don, Dave and William for being at the service for us.

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 08-09-2017 05:18 AM

We lost another great one in Eddie. He was a big man with an even bigger heart. Eddie was the type man who you remembered forever after meeting him once. If you walked in and seen him sitting on his couch and told him you needed it for yourself, he would jump up and say let me help you load it. He often put everyone else’s needs before his own without a second thought.
There are so many stories to be told about Eddie. I had the privilege to hear so many more at his services. I am proud I was there if not just for that. It reassured me that my friend was loved in life by so many that his memory will live on.
Eddie loved his dogs and food as much as his fellow man. Jim and Candy recently made a visit to my family. Jim makes apple butter. Eddie loved that apple butter so much I seen him eating it straight out of the jar with a spoon. I seen him feeding his dog with that same spoon before going back to eating it himself, but if you knew Eddie, that’s how he was. He would tell you it will all be ok. All God’s creatures were were great and all needed a little apple butter. Well, I had made a promise to Eddie that I would deliver some apple butter jim had left here for him. I did not make it in time, but I did deliver eddies’ apple butter today. I am positive that Eddie would have understood that I had to just put it in that casket with him.
One of my favorite stories that Eddie told me was the night he ruined the life of the woman across the street from him. Well, it’s one of my favorite that I can tell on a family friendly site. Eddie told me he was a big man and sweat a lot. So one night he stripped down to nothing but his underwear and kept working in his shop. Now, for those that don’t know, Eddie was lucky enough to have his shop inside his house, but that is a whole nother story right there. Anyway, he was still hot. So he let up the blinds and opened the window for some fresh night air. He said it was around two in the morning when he realized the old woman across the street was staring out her own window, now scarred for life.
I do hope others will tell their own Eddie story here. Few could have possibly met Eddie without having at least one Eddie story of their own. I could tell some more if anyone is interested. Some of us have way more than one Eddie story.
I will surely miss Eddie very much. Anytime I visited him he and I would sit on his back porch and talk and talk until Lisa was calling me asking why I wasn’t already home an hour ago. Eddie had that way of making a friend lose track of time while listening to him spin a yarn that wound up here and there and everywhere though. He will be sorely missed by so many.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#6 posted 08-09-2017 05:44 AM

Well Don I only hope Eddy gets posted to the in memoriam soon if ony as a sign of respect.

My I ask you to post the passing on his home page just in case he is forgotten.

-- Regards Robert

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#7 posted 08-09-2017 06:27 AM

Thanks to Don and William for the eddie report. I had two eddie visits here at my place. Once he was on his way to Andy’s and came by. We talked….he talked so long it was really late for him to make the trip on up to Jenks. But, he went anyway Another time he spent a couple of days here before going to Davids place. We ran around looking at all the tools for sale in Craigs list, and all the wood we could find. William was so right about talking with eddie….the time just went so fast, the day was over before you knew it. Wonderful friend. Not many like him around.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#8 posted 08-09-2017 07:20 AM

Rob, not to worry, Cricket is on it.

-- God bless, Candy

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#9 posted 08-09-2017 08:08 AM

I liked the fact I was able to pray for him and his family several times over the few years and although I never met him I will always keep him in my heart. I also liked his posts in Stumpyville and made me laugh all the time.

RIP buddy

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#10 posted 08-09-2017 10:52 AM

Eddie had been on my mind recently since he hadn’t been posting. I knew he was busy but usually he’d pop in occasionally. Knowing he’d had a heart issue made me worry all that much more (since I worry normally). I’m glad to know he’s in a better place, and some time we’ll meet again and he can tell me all of his earthly stories. :) I’m sure when God counts your life Eddie, he’ll count it all good. RIP.

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#11 posted 08-09-2017 10:57 AM

eddie was a good man. A generous soul who loved everyone he met. The lives he touched were much more enriched by his presence. He will be sorely missed.
RIP eddie.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#12 posted 08-09-2017 12:03 PM

I could sit and read stories about Eddie all day long. I must imagine those who have met Eddie felt the same way when you were together. For some reason ive got CCR playing in my head as i could imagine any one of those songs being a soundtrack to his life.

Travel well Eddie.

-- Something, something, something.

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#13 posted 08-09-2017 12:48 PM

It is hard to think that Eddie has left this world. However, he made a mark on people’s lives that will remain. He was always encouraging, willing to chat over LJ’s messages, even with a stranger like me who lived in NY. His huge heart for others and generosity shone through the conversations. He will be sorely missed.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#14 posted 08-09-2017 01:01 PM

I admired Eddie very much for the simple, honest and loving way in which he talked openly about his faith. It wasn’t preachy, but rather matter-of-fact. It’s simply who he was and obviously a very deep part of him. He impressed me as a very humble and kind soul.

It used to drive me nuts trying to read his posts with no punctuation, caps or paragraph brakes… but once I got beyond that, it was always a treat to read up on his goings on.

I’m very sorry to hear of his passing, as it seemed that some things in life were just coming around for him. But God’s ways are higher than our ways, so who am I to question his timing.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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