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Thomas "Wayne" Eidson, 80, of Salem passed away Monday, May 8, 2017, at
Salem Township Hospital.
Funeral services for Thomas "Wayne" Eidson will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Salem First Baptist Church with Dr. Andy DeWitt officiating. Burial will be in Paradise Cemetery in Salem with military rites by the Salem American Legion. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today, May 10, at Rogers-Atkins Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church Deacons Fund or the Salem Animal Shelter and may be left at Rogers-Atkins Funeral Home, who is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at RogersAtkinsFH@att.net.
He was born on Sept. 19, 1936, in Rogersville, TN, to William Ennis and Elizabeth (Herron) Eidson.
Wayne was a member of the First Baptist Church. He was honored to serve as a deacon. He enjoyed singing in the choir. He was a member of the Salem American Legion, Emergency Management, Community Response Team, and C.E.R.T.
Wayne was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He served our country from July 26, 1954, through May 17, 1958.
In 1958, Wayne graduated from the International Printing Pressman and
Assistant's Union of North America School located in Pressman's Home,
Tennessee. After completing this part of his education he started his forty year career with World Color Press. He first started working at the Sparta, Illinois plant, and then he was involved in the start of three separate divisions: Crossroads Press located in Effingham; Vern Wood Press located in Mt. Vernon; and Salem Gravure located in Salem. He retired on Oct. 31, 1998. After retirement from World Color Press Wayne enjoyed being a dealership driver for Boulder Chevy Buick
and M.S.A Sales of Salem.
Wayne was an avid golfer and long time member of the Salem Country Club.
His friend and long time golfing partner was Everett Hammond. Wayne made
every golfers dream of a hole-in-one on July 20, 1985, at the Salem Country Club, on the old 6th hole, a par 4, 236 yards.
Wayne married Yvonda "Y" (Bailey) Eidson on May 9, 1952, in Gate City
Virginia, and she preceded him in death. From this first marriage Wayne is survived by a son, Mike Eidson of Rogersville, TN; daughter, Dianne (Eidson) Mayhood and husband Mark of Effingham; grandchildren, Michele (Eidson) Cerna and husband Jose of Collinsville, Amanda (Eidson) Willis and husband Dan of Maryville, Ryan Eidson of Mt. Vernon, Brook (Mayhood) Moberly of Moweaque, and Brandt Mayhood and wife Valerly of Effingham; and nine great-grandchildren. Also surviving is extended family, a half brother, Jimmy Eidson; half sister, Mary Carlson and husband Butch; daughters-in-law, Joanne Eidson of Altamont, and Rosemary Eidson of Mt. Vernon; and cousin, Paul Eidson of Rogersville, TN. Also surviving are special friends, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Jenkins of Rogersville, TN, Kathern A. Johnson of Rogersville, TN, Mary Kirpatrick of Rogersville, TN, and Micky and Jenny Dixon of Henning, TN.
Wayne later married Charlene Anspach-Eidson on June 15, 2002, at the First Baptist Church in Salem. From this marriage Wayne is survived by a son, John Anspach of Kinmundy; a granddaughter, Brittany Anspach-Hawkins and husband Kyle; father-in-law, Robert Schirr of Tunnel Hill; sisters-in-law, Charlotte Gammon and husband Timothy of Kinmundy, Marie Lane and husband Bub of Patoka, Lydia Horton of Salem, and Mechelle Paulson of Salem.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, William and Elizabeth Eidson; his first wife, Yvonda Eidson; a brother, William "Billy" Eidson; a half sister, Susan Eidson; a stepson, David Anspach; and his mother-in-law, Shirley Schirr.
Published on May 9, 2017
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