The wake for Bernadine L. Eaddy will be held today from 5 to 7 p.m. at Welch Funeral Home in Starkville. The funeral will be conducted on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at New Horizon Christian Fellowship Church in Starkville by with interment at Memorial Garden Park on Oktoc Road near Starkville.
The Rev. Johnny Buckner will officiate.
Mrs. Eaddy died at her home in Starkville on Saturday, August 21, 2010 at approximately 3:30 p.m. She was born in Mansura, La. on June 22, 1937 to her parents, Milburn Joseph LaBorde I and Estelle Wall LaBorde, both of whom are now deceased.
She had a baby sister named Veronica Marie LaBorde who died in 1947. One of her granddaughters, Kaitlyn Gabrielle Chambers, died the night before the day of her birth on July 4, 1994.
Bernadine’s heritage is deeply rooted in French ancestry preceding the establishment of the United States. French was spoken in her home as a primary language for seniors and a second language for her generation.
They were quick to tell everyone that their heritage went directly back to France and was called Parisian French and not Acadian (Cajun) French. She frequently spoke fluently in French to anyone she met who knew the language and taught her children many words in French. She was especially overjoyed whenever she could witness to anyone in French.
When Bernadine was only six or seven years, she received a vision she believed was from Jesus Christ, the messiah. She attempted to speak to God using what she thought was Latin, the language of the Catholic Mass.
In her conversation, she asked the Lord if she could “become his little girl and speak the heavenly language.” She then saw a blinding light and heard the voice of a man who said, “Yes my child,” or words to that effect. As a result of this conversation, Bernadine was different from all other girls forever. To know Bernadine was to know joy and love.
She favorably impacted the lives of nearly everyone who knew her well. Upon reaching adulthood and having five children by her side, she received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in Biblical tongues.
From that day forward, she lived a life blessed with miracles almost daily. She dearly loved Jesus, the messiah of Israel and would openly share her experiences with anyone willing to listen.
Her survivors include her husband of 51 years, Vanik S. Eaddy, Ph.D., who was born in South Carolina on March, 26 1937. Their story is an amazing account of a farm boy from the South Carolina Low Country who learned that the shortest way to get from Fort Benning, Ga. to Indiantown, S.C. was through New Orleans, La.
She was to him a prime example of the role model woman of Proverbs Chapter 31:10-31.
Her living children with their spouses are Gregory V. Eaddy and Sandra G. Eaddy; Kecia V. Chambers and Kai M. Chamber Sr.; Troy B. Eaddy and Kathy R. Eaddy; Blaine E. Eaddy and Kimberly M. Eaddy; and Trevan B. Eaddy Sr. and Cherry A. Eaddy.
She is survived by a brother, Milburn, Joseph LaBorde Jr. and a total of 13 living grandchildren. They are Bradley D. Eaddy, Tara N. Eaddy, Kai (Rhett) M. Chambers Jr., Keah V. Chambers, Kayli M. Chambers, Emily N. Lockler, Melissa A. Lockler, Aaron B. Eaddy; Claire H. Eaddy, Jackson B. Eaddy, William B. Eaddy, T. Brian Eaddy Jr. and Alyssa J. Eaddy.
Guests may register online at: http://www.welchfuneralhomesinc.com .