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03/07/05

Family Remembers Don Eddins For Strength, Humor

"It's been a bad dream you can't wake up from. You think you're going to wake up and it keeps dragging on."

That nightmare began for Don Eddins' wife Debbie and her family after they heard news of the shooting at Northrop Grumman.

"I couldn't imagine who would shoot Don. Who would dislike him enough to hurt him? Because he had a likable personality," Debbie said.

"He always had everybody going, cracking a joke or doing something to make everybody laugh. He'd get the grandkids and they'd like to run and jump on Papa. It's going to be tough to make it without him. It's just hard to imagine we're going to have to go without him," Eddins' son Bill said.

Often, the Eddins family leaned on the head of their household to make it through hard times.

"He made the bad situations better. We're having to learn to go through that without him," Debbie said.

"He always brought light to the situation. We were sitting in the hallway just after he passed, and we looked at each other and said, this is the situation that we need him the most in," Eddins' son Donnie said.

His sons say their father loved to spend time with his family, especially his six grandchildren.

"Luckily, the older ones have got to spend some time with him and they'll remember him for the man that he was. We'll never get over, as days go by, I guess you have to learn to accept it," Bill said. "It's going to be hard to adjust to not calling and coming by to see him."

"It was a routine for us to be together. To adjust to it without him is going to be very difficult," Donnie said.

With the 'rock' of the family gone, the Eddins family will lean on each other to make it through.

Don Eddins worked at Northrop Grumman for 25 years where coworkers say he was a good friend and valued part of the shipyard.

The company will lower flags in his honor the day he is laid to rest.

Here are the funeral arrangements. Visitation is Wednesday evening at Serenity Funeral Home in Mobile. The funeral is Thursday at noon at Oak Park Church of God in Mobile.

by Josh Ridgdell

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