Paul Eddy

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 by Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sep. 7, 2006.
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I just found out about Paul's passing. My deepest sympathies are with you and you are in my prayers. His organization of the American Indian Festival helped many people see, hear and learn how our ancestors lived and how they were treated.
Paula Hopper
May 11, 2007
Toady and Ryan, I spoke to you, Toady as you came by to leave posters for the up coming Festival. I firmly believe that the Great Creator needed Mr Eddy, the storyteller, to tell the young angels about the trials and tribulations that were put upon the Native Americans, so that these very same angels could hear his Voice In The Wind and take this message to all the people of the world. All of us will miss him terribly, but it we listen closely, we will always hear his beautiful voice telling his wonderful stories and just maybe bring all of closer together. That is my prayer! May God Bless you and hold you is his comforting hand.
jean lieber
September 9, 2006
To the Eddy Family:

I was devastated to hear about your loss. Thank you so much for orginazing the festivals and showing people that we are not savages like the movies betray us to be. My Grandmother and many other friends and family members love the festivals. I'm taking my friend to her first one this October.

I will always remember what he did for the Native People. I plan to attend his funeral to pay my last respects. I am so sorry for your loss. May the Great Spirit be with you.

With all things and in all things, we are relatives. (Sioux proverb)

Remember The Native People!

With deepest sympathy,
Leslie Allen
Leslie Allen
September 7, 2006
Thank you so much for bringing the Native American Festival to Gwinnett County. We have enjoyed the festival for many years and we're grateful that you brought the true Native People culture for the public to see and enjoy. We love all the crafts, dances, presentations, etc. that all of you put so much love and effort into to be sure the Native People will always be remembered for the love and kindness that our people embrace.

From every heart, one prayer...
That all men live as one with nature,
and peace reign everywhere. (Indian Prayer)

God Bless You and Your Family during this Sad Hour,
Carla Allen
Carla Allen
September 7, 2006
Leotis, Paul touched many lives and will be greatly missed. You have our deepest symapthies and prayers.
Harry and Deanna Crews
Deanna Crews
September 7, 2006
Paul walked a path with heart and traveled in beauty through this world.While we miss his company, we do not despair, for the Spirit puts hope in our minds for good reason, and maybe we will meet again.
Stafford Copeland
September 7, 2006
You and Paul became so special to me 25 years ago. I spent many hours after meetings at Denny's on Memorial Drive listening to Paul share. He touched my life as he did so many others. I am so gtateful to have known him.

I am so sorry for your loss.

God Bless,
Doris Langford
September 7, 2006
This is Don Mitchell - Ryan, I used to live down the street from you on Pineburr Lane. My deepest sympathies to you and your mother. You are in my prayers.
Don Mitchell
September 7, 2006
Toadi and Ryan:
We were neighbors in Stone Mountain when we lived on Pine Burr Lane. I'm so sorry to hear of Paul's death. I know he will be greatly missed.
Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers,
Fran Mitchell Young, Don Mitchell and Jeffrey Mitchell
Fran Mitchell Young
September 7, 2006
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