Eddra Jones, 78 of Grant, passed away on Tuesday, February 28, 2023. A celebration of life was held on Saturday, March 11, 2023 at Agape Baptist Church with Pastor Ryan Johnson officiating.
Eddra attended high school in Clinton, Tennessee, studied at Freed-Hardeman College and completed her BS at Athens State University. Most of her career was spent at Redstone Arsenal where she began her career in the Directorate of Maintenance as an equipment specialist, later transferring to Security Assistance Management Directorate as a logistics management specialist. She worked in Foreign Military Sales with the countries of Georgia and Argentina. When the Army Sustainment Command requested DoD volunteers to deploy to Iraq to support Operation Iraqi Freedom, Eddra volunteered to work with the Retrograde, Property Assistance Team to clear unserviceable rolling stock and equipment from the battlefield. She returned home for six months and returned on assignment to Iraq with the 402nd Army Field Support Brigade and was appointed Battalion Safety Officer.
She was also awarded multiple medals during her two tours of duty.
Eddra loved to be busy and was happiest spending time with family and friend, especially if she had a good dessert and cup of coffee to share. After retiring, she enjoyed working with the National Association of Retired Employees and learned to play the dulcimer and ukulele. She was a member of the Ukesters and Jammers of Guntersville, performing at area nursing homes and the Guntersville Museum’s Annual Festival of Trees. She was an active member of the Agape Baptist Church, where she volunteered at Vacation Bible School, Foster Closet and Night of Hope.
She is survived by her daughters, Kerry (Joseph) Fehrenback, Melynda (James) Pasch; grandchildren, William (Brittany) McCain, Nicholas Pasch; great-grandchildren, Kristin and Kylie McCain; brothers, William Bishop, Edward (Brenda) Bishop, Mark (Gale) Bishop; sisters, Joan McWilliams, Jane Keller.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Mattie Lou Bishop; grandson, Connor Pasch.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Agape Baptist Church, 78 Dick Hayes Road, Scottsboro, Ala. 35769 or https://agapebaptistchurch.snappages.site, or Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology Breast Cancer Research at hudsonalpha.org or 601 Genome Way, Huntsville, Ala. 35806.