When I think about all the distractions of 2020 with the embarrassing presidential campaigns, politicians purposefully dividing our country, devastating storms, and the still ongoing COVID pandemic, I marvel that we in Wedowee are still loving and leaning on one another regardless of our political or collegiate bias. While all these distractions created a lot of noise and drama, they were just that and will not be missed in 2021.
What will be missed in 2021 and years to come will be the loss of one of our own in Hunter Bend Subdivision. Our dear friend and community leader Eddie Pruett lost his battle with COVID in December 2020. For us this made the pandemic real. Even when he went from a hospital room, to ICU, to being on the ventilator, we never once doubted Eddie would be home soon holding court in our community.
Eddie was a doer. Always quick to volunteer his time and resources to better the community or help an individual. Eddie served for many years on the Hunter Bend HOA Board, the Auslin’s Chapel VFD Board, and was a reliable First Responder for our VFD.
Whenever there was a meeting or a project, we could always count on Eddie to be there. At his funeral and on Facebook many people shared stories of how impactful Eddie had been in their personal and professional lives before moving to the lake.
I could go on, but Eddie would say I need to wrap this up. In the first paragraph I made mention to us still loving and leaning on each other regardless of the drama of 2020. Eddie was our champion with this mindset. I hope we can continue his legacy.
Everyone has friends but a friend like Eddie Pruett is hard to find. You only had to meet Eddie and he immediately became your friend. Some of us were fortunate enough for Eddie to become more like family than friend.
Eddie Pruett was bigger than life in what he did for our community and stories of his accomplishments and contributions throughout his life are remarkable. These accomplishments are numerous but Eddie as a friend cannot be defined. If a problem arose, Eddie was immediately finding a solution before the problem was hardly recognized. He was addressing needs before others realized their existence. Eddie seemed to know what would make others happy, and he would do his best to provide the action or object that would put a smile on your face.
We cannot end our thoughts about Eddie without saying that his example of total dedication to family was another example of his legacy for us all.
Kenny and Ellie Brannon
Remembering Loved Ones Lost to COvid-19
Since the COVID-19 Pandemic began there have been numerous family and friends lost to the virus. Lake Wedowee Life has gotten several requests to do in memory stories of the brave men and women that are no longer with us. We quickly realized there were just too many that have died in this community and we would never want to leave any one out.
So we, as a company, decided to dedicate space on our website to remember the ones that we have lost . If you are interested in contributing a story of a loved one, please contact Kelly Caldwell directly at firstname.lastname@example.org We all want to remember and honor the legacy of those that have left us.