Larry Arnold Eddins was born on July 30, 1958, in Houston, TX, and departed this life on Sunday, April 23, 2017, Divine Mercy Sunday. He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Ernest and Louise Eddins, his maternal grandparents Thomas and Pauline Howe, paternal Uncle Harold Eddins, and beloved mother, Barbara Jean Howe Eddins, whose love of Christ instilled in all her children a deep faith in God and Christ's promise of eternal life.
Larry was a longtime resident of Florida, moving there in 1987, where he enjoyed his time shared with his brother, Jimmy, and most recently, his work in the Keys. He is survived by his daughters Shannon and Ailsa; his father, Joe and stepmother Susan; brothers, Danny and Jimmy, and sister, Brenda. Their families also mourn Larry's passing, Danny's wife Marisa, children Danny, Jr. and Sandy; Jimmy's wife Yolanda, children Josh and Jeremy; Brenda's husband Jim, children Charlie, Katie, and Grace. Family includes Aunts and Uncles Joyce and Virgil Turner; Tollie and Tommy Howe; Shirley and Buddy Schroeder; Debbi and Tommy Atkinson; along with many cousins, extended family, and friends.
Larry was an avid ocean lover as well as musician whose career included diving, work as a deep-sea fishing captain and guide, and studio musician. His spare time was also filled with writing poetry and creating saltwater aquariums. He generously showed his love towards those in need by sharing all he had and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He recently rededicated his life to Christ and enjoyed the faith and fellowship at Christ Church UMC in Fort Lauderdale, FL, near his residence with dear friends Corinne Playso and her son Craig and family. Their kindness and friendship to Larry was a tremendous blessing especially in his most recent illness.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to help the family plant a palm tree in Larry’s memory. Contributions can be made to Paradise Palms NC, 309 Summit Ave, Raleigh, North Carolina, NC 27603. (919-522-9503).
A visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M., Friday evening, May 5, 2017 at Clancy Strickland Wheeler Funeral Home, 1051 Durham Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587. (919-556-7400)
Clancy Strickland Wheeler Funeral Home
Friday May 5th, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm
1051 Durham Road
Wake Forest, NC 27587
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We were friends at church and always enjoyed going to the Eddins home. One of my best memories was at youth camp at Camp Victory with Larry in Silsbee. That was when Laurel Akers was District CA President. Lots of fun
Submitted by Max Trapp on May 11 2017 07:41:24 PM
Larry was a big part of my life when I was in my teens & twenties.
I don't truly remember how we met but I'm sure it was church friends (Lindale) related, we did a lot of things with our mutual friends weather it was playing Softball at Imperial Valley, week night Roller Skating or playing Football every Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately I'm not sure if Larry ever knew he was part of a couple of the bigger things in my younger life, these stories have been told over and over.
#1 - He allowed me to spend part of a summer with him in Port Arkansas working as his deck hand which was work but I truly had a great time because if you were fishing with Larry you were catching a lot of fish. Plus we would fish all day, go play softball or put on our "parachute pants" and go out to a local gathering place, Larry was probably my only friend that appreciated the parachute pant era. Lol!
We had a Great Time, especially when he would re-live his Doug Wooley & Donnie Saye stories/events.
#2 - Was the time we fished in the Deep Sea Round Up tournament and on day two we got stranded 58 miles off shore for 28 hours without a working radio, no flares, no lights and only one working flash light.
There were so many stories from that trip but I will share just a couple of the highlights or lowlights.
(A) Thinking we were about to get run over by a ship.
(B) Looking over the boat and seeing a 6ft shark and friends swimming around the boat.
(C) Having the coastguard finally finding us and when they go to tie our boats together to get ready to tow us back in they threw a large ball of rope which is like a cannon ball for Larry to catch but it went threw his hands and hit him between the eyes and knocked him out completely out so Jimmy or Wendell had to steer the boat as they towed us in.
I have not seen Larry in many years but he was always in my thoughts and him and Jimmy were great friends.
Larry you will be missed, Rest In Peace until we meet again!!
Submitted by Richard Proske on May 8 2017 01:35:52 PM
To Larry's family:
We are so sorry for your loss. Although we have not seen Larry for many years, We are saddened for your grief. May the Lord of Glory give you peace.
Submitted by Donald L Eddins on May 7 2017 11:42:32 PM
Fisherman. Diver. Musician. Sounds like he and I would have really gotten along. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Submitted by Kent Oncken on May 7 2017 11:21:05 PM
My dear brother, my best friend, I love you so much, and so sad that you are no longer here with me, but so thankful you are in the loving arms of Jesus, and completely healed in His perfect peace. You will never be forgotten, and I will see you again in heaven, where we will share all the glory and goodness that the Lord has prepared for us. Until then, you will be in my heart always!
Submitted by Jimmy Eddins on May 3 2017 06:13:32 PM
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