On Sunday May 15, 2022, at 7:03 a.m. after five and half courageous years of battling cancer, Edward “Eddie” Jerome Myrick of Marion, KY, loving brother, husband, father and grandfather passed away at age 77 in Vanderbilt Hospital, Nashville, TN.
Eddie was born on December 13, 1944, in a log cabin on the family farm near Carrsville, KY to Willam Logan Houston Myrick and Maud (nee. Love) Tolley. Eddie enjoyed saying he had three things in common with Abraham Lincoln. They were born in Kentucky, in a log cabin and never told a lie. Later in life he loved to joke that he now only had two things in common with Old Abe. Eddie spent his formative years on the farm and in the hayfields developing into the consummate hard worker he was known for later in life. That was, whenever he wasn’t on mischievous adventures with his brother or hunting innocent critters.
Eddie graduated from Livingston Central High School in 1964 and shortly afterwards joined the United States Airforce where he was an aviation mechanic. Eddie cultivated numerous trade skills during his lifetime. He worked as a River Bargeman, a steelworker in Gary, IN, a coal miner, a master welder, a cattle rancher who named every one of his cows and never repeated a name, and his favorite profession, a school bus driver. Being a school bus driver was very important to Eddie and he enjoyed being able to help the kids who rode his bus. He always said, as the first school employee of the day for his riders, he had the opportunity to greet them with a smile and help each rider start their school day with a happy heart. And as the last school employee, he truly cared about each rider’s day and reminded them he would be there for them again in the morning.
On October 10, 1975, Eddie married the love of his life Linda (nee. Kirk) and they raised one son, James. Eddie was a supportive husband and a doting father. Frequently after a long day's work he would go directly to help his wife, a teacher, with classroom preparation and even once help paint the classroom. Eddie could be frequently found late into the night with only a head lamp for light, planting various flowers because he knew how much Linda loved flower gardens. Eddie never missed any of his son’s sporting or school events and was known on occasion to contract mysterious flu like symptoms when there were work related conflicts.
Eddie loved life and all the people in his life. He never met a stranger and enjoyed talking with everyone. He was known to keep tour maps of Crittenden County in his truck to hand out to anyone who needed directions. Eddie loved hunting, trapping, fishing, fast cars, coffee and anything sweet. He often explained he would eat anything and everything but hominy. Eddie was a fierce competitor who enjoyed baseball, bowling, cards and any other event where you could win. Eddie had a propensity to be stubborn, spoke his mind and was true to his word. He took great pride in telling everyone he had never been lost. He described himself as a loveable agitator and by definition could be called a hoarder but in reality, he just saw the value in everything and everyone. He had a wonderfully infectious laugh and a truly gigantic kind heart.
Eddie was preceded in death by his father, William, his mother, Maud, and his two sisters, Wilma (nee. Myrick) Jackson and Joyce (nee. Myrick) Lemmon. He is survived by wife Linda, son James (Karen) Edward Myrick of St. Louis, MO, two grandsons Nathaniel and Nicholas, his brother Joe Myrick of Carrsville, KY, and two sisters Kay (Clippy Hughes) Tolley and Raye (Jerry) Tolley Croft of Marion, KY.
Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 22, 2022, at Myers Funeral Home, 713 E. Bellville St., Marion, KY 42064, with burial in Mapleview Cemetery. Visitation will be Held Saturday between the hours of 5 and 8 p.m.
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