Edward Terry Eden, 61, of Houston, Missouri, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 24, 2011, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, after a brief illness.
He was born on December 30, 1949 in Niangua, Missouri, the son of Leamon Lee and Eliza Maxine (McRoberts) Eden.
Terry served his country in the Air Force during the Vietnam War as a communication specialist, Airman 1st Class.
Terry accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior at the age of 19 and surrendered to God’s call to preach. He pastured Thornfield Southern Baptist and Competition Southern Baptist churches. His latest pastoral service was at Maness Memorial Southern Baptist Church in Cabool, Missouri. Preaching and serving the Lord was Terry’s greatest calling. His vocation was a classroom teacher at Competition, Gasconade C-4 and Houston, Missouri, where he touched the lives of many students.
Terry was preceded in death by his parents, Leamon Lee and Eliza Maxine Eden of Hartville, Missouri.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Karen, of the home; grandson Christian Compton and wife Jennifer of Houston; daughters Nicki Jones and husband Eric of Grovespring, Missouri, and Janelle Olson and husband Erik of Lebanon, Missouri; a son, Jeremy Eden and wife Kendra of Norwood, Missouri; a brother, Russ Eden and wife Debbie of Fair Grove, Missouri; ten grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and many other loved ones.
Terry was a loving husband and father, a caring grandfather, devoted classroom teacher, blessed minister and a child of God.
Services were at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 28, 2011, at Maness Memorial Baptist Church in Cabool with Rev. Terry Brown officiating. Pallbearers were Eric Jones, Erik Olson, Jim Sears, Brad Sears, Dallas Strong and Steve Strong. Honorary pallbearers were Austin Sears, Trenton Sears and Bill Strong. Interment with full military honors was in Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be given to Maness Memorial Baptist Church Building Fund, in care of the funeral home.