Family-Placed Death Notice
PAUL EDDY Paul Eddy, 61, of Winder, died Tuesday, August 29, 2006 at Embracing Hospice in Snellville after a five-month battle with lung cancer. Born December 20, 1944, he grew up on the the Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. He joined the United States Navy and later settled in Atlanta. A land surveyor, he had worked on many of the large projects in the Atlanta area such as The Hartsfield Jackson International Airport and the Georgia Dome. He had been a member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 35 years and worked with groups all over the United States sharing his testimony. He also coached youth soccer in the Stone Mountain area from 1981 to 1989. He and his wife of 41 years Leotis (Toadie) started the American Indian Festival at Gwinnett Fairgrounds 15 years ago. Held in May and October of each year, the event's purpose was to educate the public about the true culture of the American Indian. The festival is called Okiciyapo, which is Sioux for 'help each other'. The festival will continue under the guidance of his wife and son, Ryan, who lives in Athens. His body was donated to the Medical College of Georgia and a memorial celebration will be held October 6, 2006, 7:30 PM at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds. Memorial donations may be made to Embracing Hospice, 2160 Fountain Drive, Snellville, GA 30078 or the American Indian College Fund, 8333 Greenwood Blvd, Denver, CO 80221-4488.
Published in Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sep. 7, 2006.