Joseph Edward "Eddie" Hunley, Jr.

Born in Nashville, TN on June 21, 1967

Departed on October 19, 2016 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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Joseph Edward “Eddie” Hunley, Jr. passed onto his heavenly reward on the afternoon of October 19, 2016 with family at his side. He courageously fought cancer during his last year, exemplifying faith, fortitude, and optimism. Eddie is an example for us all.

Eddie will be remembered for his happy, upbeat spirit, enthusiasm, thoughtfulness, and his constant love and affection. He was a great supporter of his family and friends who, despite the circumstances, would encourage them during trials. Quick with a hug and never missing an opportunity to say “I love you,” he always made sure you knew how much you meant to him. The ever-present smile on his face is etched on our hearts forever. Always striving to make others smile, Eddie employed his unique sense of humor. Gifted with the ability to gain friends easily, he was truly a kind-hearted man.

Though he held several different positions over the years, he put his commercial driver license to good use. For the past five years he safely transported hazardous materials for Clean Harbors Environmental and was well-liked and respected by his supervisors, co-workers, and clients. He was a dependable, hard-worker who gave every task his best effort regardless of how he may have been feeling. In fact, “he never complained about anything” recalls his supervisor, Patrick Storey. Patrick also recalls, “Eddie helped anyone in need and he took the initiative to correct wrongs as they confronted him.”

In his spare time, Eddie collected CDs from various genres, but he particularly liked rock ‘n roll. Though he kept a meticulous music collection in alphabetical order, he was an avid concert-goer. Eddie attended hundreds of concerts in his lifetime performed by a vast array of artists from AC/DC to Barry Manilow. Rock ‘n roll held pride of place among musical genres with AC/DC, Kiss, and Metallica being a few of his favorites. He also enjoyed the Outlaw country music sounds of Billy Joe Shaver and Johnny Cash.

Eddie enjoyed Thanksgiving and would usually smoke or fry a turkey for his family to feast on. Part of his annual celebration of Thanksgiving included watching “Planes, Trains, & Automobiles” and listening to the lengthy Arlo Guthrie hit “Alice’s Restaurant.” He routinely released balloons in memory of his son Connor on Halloween and missed him dearly.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joe Hunley, Sr. and his son, Connor Jordan Hunley. Eddie leaves behind those he loved most in this world; his mother, Beverly (Garvin) Hunley Claiborne; sister, Tammy (Shelton) Wasilewsky; stepsisters, Layna Rowlett, Connie (Eric) Dixon; nieces, Victoria Wasilewsky, Elyssa Dixon; nephews, Ragan Wasilewsky, Garrett Rowlett, Colby Rowlett, Andrew Dixon; several other extended family members; and countless treasured friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Eddie Hunley to the Freed-Hardeman University’s Pete Parker Scholarship Fund care of Hendersonville Church of Christ, 107 Rockland Road, Hendersonville, TN 37075. Please be sure to indicate your gift in Eddie’s memory.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. A Celebration of Eddie’s Life will follow visitation on Monday at noon. All will be held at the Hendersonville Funeral Home. Entombment will follow the service in the Hendersonville Memory Gardens Mausoleum.  Those serving as active pallbearers are Scott King, Mark Moulder, Darrin Hickman, Eric Dixon, Ken Glaus, Shelton Wasilewsky, Mark Savage, Keith O’Neal, and Patrick Storey. Honorary pallbearers are Ragan Wasilewsky, the Elders, Deacons, and the Dreammakers Class of the Hendersonville Church of Christ, and the employees of Clean Harbors Environmental of Greenbrier, TN.

17 Comments to Joseph Edward "Eddie" Hunley, Jr.

  1. Tracy Kujawa at angel heart farm
    October 21, 2016 5:20 pm

    I am so sorry for your tremendous loss. I was very fortunate to teach Commor to ride horses and spent a lot of time with Eddie . He loved his little boy so much and I can only imagine how
    Much fun they are having together in Heaven.

  2. Scott & Cindy King
    October 21, 2016 5:42 pm

    Eddie was a treasured friend! We will miss going to concerts with him and just hanging out together. Eddie faced many ups and downs throughout his life. We shared many precious memories with him. Cancer has taken so many wonderful people from our lives. I hope that a cure is found in our lifetime. There is comfort in knowing Eddie will join his Dad and son to rest in peace. Our hearts are with his family at this time.

    Many prayers & blessings to all who knew him!

  3. Mike White
    October 22, 2016 12:35 am

    Eddie was the sort of friend you could reunite with after 20 years of not seeing each other and jusf pick up the coversation right where you left off some 20 years before. We were good friends in high school and then I later moved away and we lost touch. Darrin got us connected last year before Eddie was diagnosed. We got to where we would talk every few weeks about life and nothing but I really enjoyed his calls. I was devestated when he told me about his condition and the advanced stage but he seemed to want to cheer me up instead of seeking support for himself. He kept it jovial and as positive as possible and always said he was doing pretty good. He never let anything get him down mentally or spiritually. Eddie will for ever be the person i think of when i see grace with strength and kindness. His laugh was infectious and smile lit entire rooms. Miss you brother. Love you always. See you on the other side.

  4. Chris Walker
    October 22, 2016 8:50 am

    I only meet Eddie once and really enjoyed our visit. I am so sorry to hear of his passing and our prayers are with your family.

  5. Raymond and Vickey Setters
    October 22, 2016 9:26 am

    Our hearts are saddened for Beverly and Garvin and Tammy and Shelton and the entire family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We remember Eddie’s smile and friendly manner when he visited Bethel.

  6. Tommy Hale
    October 22, 2016 9:36 pm

    I worked with Eddie at Sunbeam Bakery, He was a real gentleman

  7. Gary and Janet Bratton
    October 22, 2016 11:49 pm

    We were so sorry to hear of Eddies passing, He was such a loving and caring person and was loved by all in return ! Nothing can compare to the loss of a son ! Eddie knew this all to well and will now be reunited with his son Conner and also his Dad Joe ! Such a Glorious occasion for them. Will be sending balloons up on Oct 31st in remembrance of all… in Eddies tradition.

  8. Reggy Dowlen
    October 23, 2016 12:12 am

    I was privileged to teach at Goodlettsville High School. It saddens me to see another one of our students leave this earth. Rest In Peace, Eddie.

  9. Jeff Ryan
    October 23, 2016 12:26 pm

    Eddie was one of those guys that made high school fun. Really talkative and outgoing. I have great memories of him. He love to laugh and have a good time. Hard to see the passing of someone who was part of our small but tight knit community. Though we lost touch over the years, I’ll never forget him as a member of the great Goodlettsville class of 1985. Rest in peace my friend.

  10. Joe & Jerry Miller
    October 23, 2016 8:53 pm

    Met Eddie thru our very special friend Tonya. Though we did not know him well, he was a nice guy with short years on earth. Prayers and Hugs to his family and friends.

  11. Tabitha Perry and Family
    October 24, 2016 12:18 pm

    Eddie, well lets see he was a great guy I read an see that everyone who knew or knew of him thought so! I got to know Eddie I was in his wedding and as Rhonda’s cousin I got to see the loving husband and father side of him loving son brother cousin to all of us!! He will be greatly missed down here but I can only imagine the reunion he mustve had with Connor on Wednesday its one that we all look forward to someday and when Rhonda gets there just imagine the reunion of mother and child. I’m very sorry for the family’s loss of Eddie but he would want us I think to celebrate his life and realize what a glad reunion day he had and will never ever part ways with Connor again, I bet Connor was sent by God to gently take his earthly daddys hand and welcome him home to his heavenly fathers house to the mansion he has prepared for them to spend eternity together in and watch over Rhonda, Beverly, Tammy and her family and his wonderful NANA Diane. Eddie, Connor we miss you terribly and we’ll see you soon one day and we look forward to that day more than anything and today we are one day closer than we wre yesterday!! this is a promise we have and everyone has it says so in the BIBLE the only BOOK OF TRUTH AND HOPE WE HAVE!! May God Bless you all today and in those to come but take comfort in knowing that Eddie just went home to be with Connor and he isn’t sick now, he has a new body and it will never know pain or sadness Praise the Lord for that Miracle.
    Sincerely, Tabith Perry

  12. Cherelle, Clean Harbors, Inc.
    October 24, 2016 3:17 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Family and Friends of Joseph Edward “Eddie” Hunley, Jr.

    May Eddie Rest Peacefully in the arms of Our Heavenly Father.

  13. deborah pearce
    October 24, 2016 9:06 pm

    the hunley family is in our thoughts and prayers…
    al and deb pearce

  14. Jamie Caldwell Walker
    October 25, 2016 12:14 pm

    Eddie was a student of mine at Goodlettsville High School. It was a pleasure to meet up with him again a few years ago as he ushered at the Vanderbilt basketball games. It made me proud to see the fine young man he had become. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  15. ck
    October 27, 2016 8:32 pm

    My deepest sympathy in the passing of your dear loved one, devoted son and brother, a host of other relatives and friends, who he leaves fond memories for all to cherish, as you all continue to mourn his passing, God promises to do away with sickness, suffering, pain and even death.(Revelation 21:4)

  16. Genie Deckard
    October 29, 2016 11:18 am

    Eddie and I worked together in the cookie business. He was an amazing friend. I found out about this very sad occasion by trying to find him and reconnect after many years. I missed him then and I am saddened now. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  17. Wesley Fields
    November 23, 2016 3:45 pm

    Worked with Eddie at Empower electric and kept in touch when he moved on to a new job. He never told me he was sick. Havent heard from him in a few month and found out today he passed on. Sorry to hear about his loss.

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