Joseph Daniel Eudy, 88, of New Bern, died Thursday, May 30, 2019, peacefully at home. He has family in Carteret County.
His service is at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Christ Episcopal Church in New Bern. A reception at the church will immediately follow the service. Burial is at Cedar Grove Cemetery at 1 p.m.
He slipped the bonds of this earth while the pastor and one of his sons was holding his hands. He took his last breath when the pastor began praying. His end could not have been more fitting, as he was a man of tremendous faith and an inspiration to many.
Joe was born Aug. 20, 1930, in Springfield, Ill. He was the only child of Ervin and Nina Eudy. During his Depression era-childhood, he moved frequently, attending more than eight different schools. His family settled in New Bern during his senior year and he graduated from New Bern High School.
He met his future wife, a most charming and lovely girl who lived next door. Upon graduation, he enrolled in Atlantic Christian College, attending classes during the day and working on a loading dock at night. After two years, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. He then enrolled in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, pursuing a bachelor’s and a master’s degree.
Joe married Celia April 2, 1955, and was happily married for 60 years. Together, they raised three sons. His love of nature was passed on to his boys as they enjoyed camping, hiking, fishing and hunting together. The family took extended vacations in the mountains and out west. He demonstrated the value and dignity of hard work and the importance of thinking deeply without limitation. Joe loved conversing with everyone he met; he truly never met a stranger.
Joe and Celia maintained a lifelong passion for religion and philosophy. He loved this great nation with the utmost passion and was a lifelong patriot for freedom in support of the Constitution. He was a representative for the Upjohn Company and retired after 30 years.
Joe is survived by his sons, Dan Eudy and wife Laurie of Morehead City, Steve Eudy and wife Diana of Asheville and David Eudy of New Bern; grandchildren, Joseph Eudy III of Morehead City, Morgan Eudy of California, Devereux Eudy of Asheville and Will Eudy of Hickory.
Joe was preceded in death by his wife, Celia Eudy.
A visitation will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday at Cotten Funeral Home in New Bern.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to The Salvation Army online at salvationarmycarolinas.org.
Arrangements are by Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory of New Bern. Condolences may be left on Cotten Funeral Home online guest book at dignitymemorial.com/cotten-funeral-home.