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Howard Cecil Eddins

IOWA PARK – Howard Cecil Eddins, age 90, died Friday, March 6, 2009 in Iowa Park on what would have been his wife’s 85the birthday. He had been a resident of Iowa Park for 51 years.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at Highland Cemetery Pavilion with Dr. Ted Spear, pastor Faith Baptist Church of Iowa Park officiating.

Services were under the direction of Dutton Funeral Home.

Cecil was one of two children born to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Eddins. An older sister, Kathleen, died at the age of 3.

As a young man, Cecil worked on a dairy farm in Connecticut. After high school, he went to work for a seismograph company where he learned to fly and obtained his pilot license. He eventually owned his own plane.

Eventually, he worked as an insurance salesman in Abilene. One of his customers owned a pharmacy in Iowa Park, Texas, requiring him to make monthly visits to the pharmacist. On his visits there, he met a young lady named Skeet working behind the soda fountain. They struck up a friendship which eventually led to a courtship. He and Skeet were married 6 months later on June 4, 1955 in Abilene, Texas. They lived in Abilene for 3 years before returning to Iowa Park and buying a home on Texas Street where they lived for 51 years. After returning to Iowa Park, Cecil went to work for National Welding Supply where he retired at the age of 62.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Skeet, who died January 8, 2009.
He chose to live his life by The Ten Commandments.

Cecil was an animal lover, especially cats, but his pride and joy was Sheba, his little mini-pinscher.

He is survived by a stepson, Daylon Sidwell of Wichita Falls; step-grandson, Dustin Sidwell of Wichita Falls; sister-in-law, Frances Wilkerson of Breckenridge, Texas; nieces, Darla Jordan of Iowa Park, Dayna Johnston of Wichita Falls; Sharon Wimberley of Breckenridge, Texas and Guindee Piatt of Basin, Wyoming; nephews, Ray Wilkerson of Austin, Texas and Harold Lynn of Wichita Falls, Texas, and numerous great nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials to Friendly Door Senior Citizens, 810 North 3rd St. Iowa Park, Texas 76367 or Hospice of Wichita Falls, P.O. Box 4804 Wichita Falls, Texas 76308.

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