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George Lee Eddy

Born: Tue., Jan. 10, 1922
Died: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017


12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, Sat., Nov. 18, 2017
Location: Cunningham United Methodist Church

Memorial Service

1:00 PM Sat., Nov. 18, 2017
Location: Cunningham United Methodist Church

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George Lee Eddy

     George Lee Eddy, 95, of Palmyra, Virginia passed from this life in The Hospice House in Charlottesville on Wednesday, November 1, 2017. 

     He was born on January 10, 1922 in Roanoke, a son of the late Albert and Lula Eddy. 

     In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 68 years, Cornelia Miller Eddy; three brothers, Charles, Albert, and John; and three sisters, Helen, Ida, and Dorothy. 

     George is survived by his son, David Lee Eddy and his wife, Carol of Palmyra; and several nephews, nieces, grandnephews, and grandnieces.

     George met his wife Cornelia in 1942 at Turner Field in Albany, Georgia where he was in the Finance Office of the Army Air Corps.  After a two-year war-time courtship, they married In Albany on March 1, 1944.  After the war, George and Cornelia moved to Newport News, Virginia where their son David was born in 1950.  George passed the Certified Public Accounting exam in 1961.  He took accounting jobs with several firms including W. A. Klingmeyer in Norfolk, Hicks and Ingle in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Asheville Mica Company in Newport News, where he retired in 1988 at the age of 66. 

     After retirement, George and Cornelia traveled extensively to destinations in both the United States and Canada.  In 1994, they celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a Caribbean cruise.  In 2004, they celebrated their sixtieth anniversary with a formal gathering at the American Legion Post 368 in Newport News.  George had been very devoted to Post 368 in the years following his retirement.

     George was a wonderful husband and father.  He and Cornelia enjoyed playing bridge and they were members of bridge groups wherever they lived.  They both enjoyed dancing, particularly to Big Band Music from the 1940s.  George was an avid crossword puzzle worker.

     He was the consummate gentleman.  The examples of his manners are legendary.  It goes without saying that he held the door for women and men alike.  He also stood up anytime a lady approached or rose to leave.  He would not raise his voice.  He would not swear.  He was kind to everybody, so much so that if he didn’t appreciate something that was said, he would say nothing rather than create a scene. 

     His integrity matched his manners.  Once offered a great sum to ignore certain tax rules, George declined the offer and never had anything to do with that client again.  His handwriting was so eloquent that clients would remark that just the appearance of his reports would instill confidence.

In the fall of 2006, George and Cornelia moved from Newport News to Palmyra to live with their son, David, and his wife, Carol.  In the spring of 2012, Cornelia became ill. She was in a nursing home.  George and Cornelia spent their last anniversary together in the nursing home with friends and family.  In his last years, George spent his time reading and reestablishing relationships he had made over a lifetime.

     A memorial service will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Cunningham United Methodist Church in Palmyra with Reverend Doctor Tom Frost and Reverend Emerson Shelton presiding.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery with a luncheon afterwards.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Cunningham United Methodist Church Building Fund, 3389 Jefferson Parkway, Palmyra, Virginia 22963.

     Thacker Brothers Lake Monticello Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.  Family and friends may share memories and photos at www.thackerbrothers.com.  

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David H Zimmerman
   Posted Wed November 08, 2017
george was a great God fearing man who loved the Lord and his church....our thoughts and prayers go out to his family....

   Posted Fri November 10, 2017
Dear family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear loved one and send you my sincere condolences. May you find comfort from the promises in God's word at Revelation 21:3,4 about no more sickness or death and at Acts 24:15 where his Son says "there is going to be a resurrection...". Heartfelt prayers are with you and your family.

Steve Champion
   Posted Fri November 17, 2017
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. George Eddy was a good man. He was always fair, honest and open to all. I remember visiting your homes in Norfolk and Charlotte and Newport News. Your mother and father were always gracious to me and my family. Your father helped my parents in their business for many years. I am sure his advice and guidance helped them both financially and personally.
George helped me also personally and financially. I was grateful when I took his advice and regretful when I chose not to. I am a better person to have known him. I hope you and I both can retain and use the advice from both of your parents.
Steve Champion

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