Commemorating LJ eddie's Passing
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