|Birth: ||Feb. 1, 1937|
West Virginia, USA
|Death: ||Mar. 11, 2002|
West Virginia, USA
Jack L. Edens, 75, of Sissonville, surrounded by his loving family, passed away Sunday as a result of complications from a fall during a recent snow storm.
Jack served his country as a young man during the Korean War as a member of the United States Air Force. He was a foreman for FMC Corporation; owned Tops Paving for many years; and was currently vice president of Topspot Inc. He was known as a "Jack of all trades." There were very few things he could not do, and if he could not do it, it became a challenge and he mastered it. He built Topspot from paving the lot to final construction. He was the behind-the-scenes person at Topspot, doing all maintenance, repairs and ordering supplies. Giving an example of Jack's expertise, he chartered a deep sea fishing boat in Florida. During the trip a raging storm came up unexpectedly. One of the engines failed, and the captain informed them that they could not make it back. While the boat was swirling in the raging water, Jack repaired the engine and saved 10 lives. Several boats perished in that storm.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Jack D. Edens and Helena Pritt Edens; grandson, Chad Edens; and great-granddaughter, Sidney Pritt.
He is survived by the love of his life, Janet; sons, Jack Jr. and wife, Tina, of Charleston, Jeffery of Spring Hill, Fla., and Gregory and wife, Lisa, of Spring Hill, Fla.; daughters, Natalie Fisher and husband, Terrence, of Charleston, Veronica Heaton and husband, Larry, of Dublin, Ohio, and Renee Manning and husband, Mark, of Rock Hill, S.C.; brother, Gary Edens and wife, Pansy, of Tampa, Fla.; sister, Brenda Rowe and husband, Ronnie, of Sissonville; 12 grandchildren, Jeffrey P. Edens, Bryan A. Edens, Jessica Pritt, Tera Lyons and husband, Aaron, Susan Fisher and fiance, Jerad, Zachery Edens, Cad Heaton, Heather Manning, Davin Heaton, Jack Heaton, Barret Heaton and Tori Manning; along with a host of friends and relatives.
Jack and his wife, Janet, were the owners of one of the most recognized restaurants and caterers in the area. One of their proudest moments was serving President George W. Bush on two different occasions.
Jack will be greatly missed by his family, friends, customers and anyone who knew him.
He also leaves behind his most cherished friend, his most recent love, his companion, Molly, who watched over him like an angel. Seconds before he took his last breath, we promised him that whenever she had her first litter of pups, his beautiful German shepherd would give her first male his name. The only smile we had seen during that entire week of pain lit up his face. He took his last breath and left us crying.
The family would especially like to thank Billie Holcome and Josh Middleton, MICU nurses at Memorial Hospital, for their patience and putting up with us and our large family during Jack's six days with them. You will never be forgotten.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 15, in the chapel of Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home.
Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the church or organization of your choice.
The family will accept memorial online condolences at cpjfuneralhome.com
Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is serving the Edens family.
Jack Dempsey Edens (1919 - 2002)
Helena Frances Pritt Edens (1919 - 2005)
Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens
West Virginia, USA
Created by: Paul Taylor "Moochie"
Record added: Mar 16, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 86841529