Eddie Stinnett


FORT OGLETHORPE Gale Edward "Eddie" Stinnett, 67, died from a sudden heart attack that called him home to his Lord, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012.Known for his sparkling smile, the twinkle in his eyes and the spring in his step, "Eddie" found his way into the hearts of all who met this 40-year resident of Fort Oglethorpe.He was an outstanding councilman serving the citizens of the city of Fort Oglethorpe, standing on the motto, "If it ain't right, don't do it." Eddie was known for his outspokenness and bringing a "truth" voice to the people. His creative nature and abilities have been seen on the streets of Fort Oglethorpe with his original sign holders and garden art. Eddie enjoyed people, talking to all who he encountered about Jesus and the love of the Lord. He served as a deacon at Fort Oglethorpe First Baptist where he was a member of the Fishermans Sunday School, security team, personnel committee, and a door greeter known for helping elderly ladies and those in need.When Eddie made a friend, he was a friend for life. Many knew and loved him as a hunting buddy, welder, councilman, fix-it man, volunteer, and general all round good guy ready to help anyone in need. As he did in his life, he will be helping others with his death by donating his organs to those in need.Eddie was preceded in death by parents, Hobert and Vada Stinnett; brother, Paul Stinnett; and in-laws, Burnest and Virginia Hays.Eddie is survived by his high school sweetheart and loving wife of 49 years, Louise Hays-Stinnett. Papa was the proud father of Paula and Eddie (Amy) Stinnett; grandchildren, Eden, Lexi and Wyatt; and a multitude of family members, Donald and Marie Hays, Glenda A. Duncan, David and Susan Stinnett; and numerous nieces and nephews who are feeling the loss of his happy voice and giving nature.Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Jason Thomas officiating.Interment will be at Lakewood Memory Gardens, South.Pallbearers: Timmy Taylor, Jeff Long, Earl Gray, Tommy Killingsworth, Randy Hubbs and Tony Parks. Honorary pallbearers: Fisherman's Class and city of Fort Oglethorpe Employees.In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to Fort Oglethorpe First Baptist Church, Harvest Fund.Visit www.heritagefh.com to share words of comfort with the family and view the memorial tribute.The family will receive friends 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at Heritage Funeral Home, Battlefield Parkway Chapel.

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