Francis M. Eddings
Francis M. Eddings died on Jan. 12, 2013, at the age of 90.
The funeral service will be conducted Monday at 11 a.m. in the First Christian Church, Greenville. Entombment will follow at Pinewood Memorial Park with military honors.
He was born in Wheatcroft, Ky., on Sept. 15, 1922, to Francis and Annis Eddings. He graduated from Wheatcroft High School in 1940. After graduation, he moved to Detroit, Mich., where he worked for two years before joining the U.S. Marine Corps. During World War II, he served with the First Marine Air Wing in the South Pacific in Bougainville, Green Island, and the Philippine Islands, returning to the United States in 1945. Upon discharge from the Marine Corps, he married Grace Sutton of Washington, N.C. They lived in Washington from January 1946 until October of 1950, where he was employed in law enforcement. On Oct. 23, 1950, he was recalled to active duty in the Marine Corps at Cherry Point, N.C. He served in Korea, Barstow, Calif., Okinawa, Beaufort, S.C., and Camp Lejeune, N.C., where he retired on July 31, 1967. The last 17 years of service were in the Military Police as a criminal investigator.
Upon retirement, he worked at Campbell College, Buies Creek, N.C., for seven years as director of Security and Traffic. On Oct. 1, 1974, he moved to Greenville, N.C., and was employed as chief of police at East Carolina University until his retirement on Dec., 31, 1985. After retirement he and his wife enjoyed traveling and going to reunions with his World War II Marine Corps buddies.
He was a member of First Christian Church of Greenville, N.C., where he served as an elder and president of the Fellowship Sunday School Class. He was a member of the Greenville Masonic Lodge 284, past president of the N.C. Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates, Pitt County Law Enforcement Officers Association, Greenville (Golden K) Kiwanis Club and the Pitt County Chapter of Mended Hearts.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Eleanor Boncek.
He is survived by his wife, Grace; sons Dana W. Eddings and wife, Bonnie, of Washington, N.C., Francis M. Eddings III and wife, Lisa, of East North Port, N.Y., and Steven F. Eddings and wife, Eileen, of Charlotte, N.C.; brother, Dana P. Eddings and wife, Sylvia; grandchildren Kevin Rawls and wife, Jenny, Emily Woolard and husband, Bryan, Josh Eddings and wife, Stuart, Justin Eddings and wife, Lauren, Charlie Eddings, Brian Eddings and Elizabeth Eddings; and two great-grandchildren, Trevor Rawls and Avery Grace Woolard.
The family will receive friends at Wilkerson Funeral Home Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m.
Memorials to First Christian Church, Building Fund, P.O. Box 2366, Greenville, NC 27836-0366.
Online condolences at www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com.