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Edwin Earl "Eddie" Gulliford
Edwin Earl Polka DanceEdwin Earl "Eddie" Gulliford, age 79, after several years of declining health, passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at his home in Green Camp.  He is now with our Lord and has no more pain, only peace.  Eddie lived in this area all of his life.

He was born January 1, 1933 in Marion County to Clarence and Marjorie (Seckel) Gulliford.  His father preceded him in death; his mother, at age 99, survives.

Through their love of music, he met Cora Jane Layne at the Union Baptist Church on Route 739 near Richwood in 1950 and they married in 1953 at that church.  They sang together for many years and loved to dance, especially the polkas and waltzes.  They have German outfits and enjoyed wearing them to festivals, and for many years went to the Swiss Festival in Sugar Creek, where they had many friends.

Eddie graduated from Richwood High School in 1950.  He enjoyed playing his trumpet in the band and singing in the quartet.  He played with the Ohio All Boys Band at the Ohio State Fair in 1949 and 1950.  He directed the church choir for many years.

In his earlier years he was involved with the Green Camp Lions Club.  He greatly enjoyed baseball for boys and helped coach, moving up with his son, Deryl each year so they could be together.  He was on the board of directors at the time the Palace Theatre in Marion was restored.  He served as a volunteer there for thirty-five years.

He and Cora Jane started the hardware store in Green Camp when they were only twenty and twenty-one.  They were there for fifteen years.  After Eddie was in an auto accident, they sold the store and spent the next four years with corrective-type surgeries from the accident.

They then farmed and he was in real estate sales.  They built the medical building in Prospect and had several rental properties.  He greatly enjoyed gardening and was fond of his dog and cats.

They were currently attending the Prospect Baptist Church, and are very close friends with Pastor Bill and Petra Snyder, who happen to be their neighbors.

Besides his wife and mother, he is survived by a son, Deryl (Terrie) Gulliford, Hennessey, Oklahoma; three step-grandchildren, Carrie, Jacob and Lorrie; one step-great-grand-child, Makina, all of Oklahoma; family friends, who were like a son and daughter for over thirty-five years, Bill and Sally O’Dell, New Bloomington; their two sons, Scott (Lorie) and Eric (Rachel) as well as their grandchildren, Ayden, Ava and Spencer, all considered by Eddie and Cora Jane to be their own.  He is also survived by two sisters, Elaine (Fred) Theekin, Marion; Eloise (Henry) Nixt, Waldo; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The name Edwin means “friendly spirit”.  From Ephesians 3:32, “Be kind to one another…forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”  That was Eddie; he never knew a stranger and loved everyone.  He will be missed by all who knew him.

Funeral services will be Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 11:00 AM in the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood with Pastor Bill Snyder officiating.  Burial will follow in Price Cemetery.  Friends may call from 5 to 7 PM on Friday at the funeral home in Richwood.  Pallbearers will be Loren Fulton, Jim Seckel, Brian Owens, Gary Robinson, Eric Fuller, Ryan Titus, Dewey Keigler and Bill O'Dell.  Honorary Pallbearers will be Robert Davis, Dan Mitchell and Jeff Kersey.

The Gulliford family would like to thank all at Heartland Hospice, Dr. Idrees, Dr. Singh, Mary Ann Niederhuber, a hospice volunteer.  We are deeply thankful to all others who in any way helped us.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Palace Theatre, 276 W. Center St., Marion, OH 43302.

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com

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#1 from: Tina Salamone
Chicago, IL
Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Dearest Cora Jane. Eddie's suffering is over and now his Light and Love can shine more brightly on us. We are all better people for knowing him. My heart is with you and yours.


#2 from: Tracie Macy
Hennessey, OK
Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 12:41 PM

I never met Eddie but Deryl is my brother-in-law.  I have heard many wonderful stories about your family and Terrie often compares you to our parents. That tells me that you are very wonderful people.  

Knowing Deryl as we do, he is a great example of what fine people you are to raise such a wonderful, caring, kind and compassionate man.  

Although we have never met your family, you are all in our hearts and our prayers.  Hope you are surrounded by piece and love during this difficult time.


#3 from: Wayne Bobbie Seiter
Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Sorry for your  loss. wayne and bobbie Seiter

#4 from: Kent Jordan
Enid Ok
Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 4:48 PM

If Eddie was as great a man as Deryl he would have been awesome to meet. So sorry for your loss my friend. My prayers are with you and your family.

#5 from: Margie Stitt
Columbus, OH
Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Elaine and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss.  You are in my thoughts and prayers.

#6 from: Ruth Anderson
Green Camp
Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Dear Cora Jane & Family.
I was so sorry to hear of your loss.  Eddie was a friend to all who knew him.  He will be missed.
It is such a comfort to know that he loved & served the Lord.  We know that is so important.I send my prayers and love to the whole family.

#7 from: Dave Smith
Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 7:43 AM

  Rest in peace with the lord forever Eddie.

#8 from: Claude & SanDee Tidd
Richwood. OH
Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 8:25 AM

We have lost a truly good Christian man. A nicer friendly man could not be found. Have known Eddie many years & feel fortunate to have known him. Prayers & Sympathy to the family in the loss of your loved one.

#9 from: Richard and Donna Lawrence
Lancaster, OH
Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Dear Cora Jane,
We were sorry to learn that Eddie has been so ill and that he has passed away. We have known the two of you since you were married and always thought you were very special. We send you our love and sympathy.
Dick and Donna

#10 from: Julie Massaro
Newark Ohio
Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 3:37 PM

I am so sorry for your loss, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.


#11 from: vonnie wasserbeck
Marion, Oh
Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 3:48 PM

We were sorry to hear of Eddie's passing. He was always such a pleasant guy and I can still hear his laugh. Loved to see Eddie and Cora Jane dance. They could certainly cut a rug!!!

He will be missed.

Don and Vonnie

#12 from: Erin (Stallsmith) Popovich
Richwood, OH
Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 8:12 PM

I am so very sorry for you family's loss. I had the pleasure of knowing Eddie as a young girl  while dancing standing on his feet and then dancing with him as exercise during one of his therapy sessions. He will be missed but I am certain he is dancing on the clouds. Thoughts and prayers to the family and especially, CoraJane.

#13 from: Susan Garwick Slagle
Hebron, OH
Sat, Apr 28, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Dear Cora Jane,

Remembering you often but especially at this time. Eddie and your friendship is very special to me. God bless you. Love, Susan

#14 from: Marke & Denise Lyon
Sat, Apr 28, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Dear Cora Jane & Deryl & family,
Deepest sympathies on Eddie's passing. Our thoughs & prayers are with you.I know that he will be dearly missed. God Bless.
Marke & Denise Lyon

#15 from: Larry &Janet Dysert
Sat, Apr 28, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Cora Jane and family, So sorry to hear of Eddie's pasting. He was always such a friendly and kind hearted soul. Thinking of you and your family today. Take care. Janet

#16 from: Rebecca Blue George
Sat, Apr 28, 2012 at 2:26 PM

I'm sorry I missed the calling and funeral hours for Eddie, I have been busy cooking for out-of-town guests and I was thinking the hours at the funeral home were today, Saturday.  As I came to the computer to check, I found it was too late. I am so sorry.  I certainly do extend my sympathy to Cora Jane, Marjorie and all of Eddie's family.  I remember you all from the Essex community, from Green Camp Hardware, from GNC, and from the Marion Palace Theatre.
Rebecca Blue George  

#17 from: Nancy and David Wiley
Sun, Apr 29, 2012 at 5:41 PM

To the family of Eddie Gulliford.  I was so sorry to here about his passing.  I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.  May God give you strength at this difficult time.  

#18 from: Jo Ann Roseberry Radwin-Zimmerman
758 Eton St., Marion 43302
Sun, Apr 29, 2012 at 6:53 PM

To Cora Jane and her family:  I was so sorry to hear about your loss of Eddie...his sunny personality, talents, and helpfulness touched many lives over the years. And, of course, Cora Jane, you and I go back many years to my father's 7th & 8th grade class in Byhalia...you in the 8th grade and me in the 7th.  He thought quite lot of your talents as a "star" student.
My thoughts are with you during this adjustment time, which I hope will be softened soon by the comfort of happy memories.
In deep sympathy, Jo Ann RR-Zimmerman

#19 from: Anna F. Lasley
Delaware, Ohio
Sun, Apr 29, 2012 at 8:26 PM

To Eddie's family:  My deepest sympathy in the home going of your loved one.
"His gain and our loss" as the saying goes!  

Many times through the years our lives have touched and so he will be missed by his many friends.

Cora Jane, I think of the times we were at KYC in Delaware and it was always so good to see both of you.  

Most sincerely,   Anna Frances Lasley

#20 from: Madeline Mosher McLean
Niles, Ohio
Thu, May 3, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Cora Jane I was so saddened to hear of your loss.   I have been widowed now for four years.  I will be remembering you in my prayers.   Madeline

Fri, May 4, 2012 at 12:21 AM


#22 from: Kathy Haynes
Hugoton Ks
Fri, May 18, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Deryl, so sorry to hear about your dad. Praying for you and your family. The Lord is gathering his troops. I lost my sister and a grandson in April.  They are all free and happy. God Bless

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