Monday, February 1, 2010

Eddie Joe Sauls, Sr. United States Army Veteran

Eddie Joe Sauls was born September 15, 1948, in Temple, Texas.  He passed away on January 21, 2010 at his home with his dear wife Janie at his side.

Eddie proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1969 to 1971, including a 13 month tour of duty in Vietnam. 

After his discharge from the Army, he worked at the Olin E. Teague Veterans Hospital until his retirement in 1996.  He then worked at Chuck’s Bar-B-Q until he became ill on September 11, 2009.

He was a graduate of Temple College receiving an Associate in Applied Science in Mid Management.

Funeral services were held on January 30, 2010 at Greater Zion Temple COGIC, Temple, Texas.  Patriot Guard Riders were present to form a line of American flags to welcome the many family and friends.

On February 1, Patriot Guard Riders escorted the funeral procession as Eddie was carried to the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Killeen for his final interment.

Military honors were rendered at the committal shelter as the Riders formed a line of American flags in honor of this Vietnam veteran.  Taps was played, the flag covering the casket was folded into a tight triangle by the Army honor guard and presented to Janie on behalf of the President of the United States.

Eddie Joe Sauls, Sr. was then laid to rest on a gentle grassy slope, over looking the Texas hill country, as the American flag on the hill flew at half-staff in his honor.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Janie, five children, his mother, seven brothers, three sisters, ten grandchildren and many other dear family and friends.


I’ve closed my eyes and fallen asleep
And there’s no reason for you all to weep;
This is a debt we all must pay
You will see me again someday;

I endured pain and sometimes sorrow,
Now I don’t have to worry about tomorrow.
You must not worry, because I am gone.

You all stood beside me all the way.
When I was down you knew just what to say.
You always told me to “get some rest,”
So let me sleep now, I’ve done my best.

So Please let me rest in peace.

The tears you’re shedding now,
Soon will cease.

You will soon realize this was meant to be.

He came for me.

With thanks to Branford/Dawson Funeral Home for biographical information.

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