Eddie Eugene McMurtry affectionately known as Eddie Mac or Saul was born June 16, 1942 in Thomastown Mississippi to the loving parents Vertie Lee Turner-McMurtry and Haywood McMurtry Jr, whom both preceded him in death.
Eddie Mac was the oldest of three siblings Betty Owen McMurtry-Washington who preceded him in death and Haywood McMurtry (Gloria) of Milwaukee Wisconsin.
Eddie Mac accepted the Lord as his savior at a young age being first baptized at Damascus Missionary Baptist Church in Thomastown Mississippi. Rededicating his life to Christ being baptized as an adult at New Friendship Baptist Church of Chicago, IL. He later became an honorary member of Damascus Baptist Church of Chicago, IL under the leadership of Rev. Malcom Walton where he served and fellowshipped faithfully until his death.
Eddie Mac and his family relocated to Chicago, IL from Mississippi as children. He attended Sherwood Grammar School where he met his childhood sweetheart and loving devoted wife of 56 years Lena Perry, who he affectionately called his Honey. He went on to attend Englewood Highschool and Berlitz School of Language where he became affluent in the Spanish. Over the years he obtained various certifications from different programs and classes he attended at Olive Harvey College. Eddie Mac was a stickler for education and always drilled into his family that knowledge is power, and you are never too old to learn something new.
He married his childhood sweetheart Lena Perry on October 23, 1963 to this union three beautiful daughters were born. LaTunya Wilson (Sylvester), Regina McMurtry, Karen McMurtry (Calvin) and a daughter Laurie Clay who preceded him in death. He Had 4 grandsons; Maurice, Kevin (Kisha), Sylvester, Rodney Jr. 1 granddaughter Kasamine (Issa) who he referred to as his baby girl. 5 great grandchildren; Kalia, Zaria, Belize, Kyla and Evan who he referred to as his little crumb snatchers. A special son in Law Rodney White Sr.
Eddie Mac was the man with the big voice but bigger heart truly the life of any room he stepped foot in. Always willing to share a kind word and listening ear. His favorite motto in life was “LIFE GOES ON”. He was a man that was always teaching great life lessons but also willing to be taught. He instilled great morals and life principles into his family most of all he instilled love. Teaching his family to always lead with love and understanding to remain close despite any challenges and love God, yourself, and others and to do what’s always right even when it’s not easy.
To know Eddie Mac is to love him as he always extended love. He was always full of dignity and great class and a very stylish. He was always sharp no matter what a joy to be around with his quick wittiness and jokes.
He leaves to cherish his memories his family and friends a host of cousins, nieces and nephews and his best friend of over 65 years Napoleon Montgomery (Ellen) his extended church family and all who loved him.
Funeral services will be 11am Saturday, July 6, 2019 at Damascus Baptist Church 10014 South Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL with Pastor Malcolm Walton to officiate. Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Viewing will be 10am Saturday, July 6, 2019 at the church until the time of service.
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