Deacon Eddie Lee Munnerlyn
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While surrounded by his loving family, Deacon Eddie Lee Munnerlyn departed this life for his heavenly home on January 6, 2020.
Deacon Munnerlyn, son of the late Elmer and Roberta Munnerlyn was born on March 1, 1943 in Tensaw, Alabama. At an early age he professed his faith in Jesus Christ and joined The First Missionary Baptist Church of Tensaw, AL where he was a dedicated member. At First Missionary Baptist Church, he served faithfully as Chairman of the Deacon Board, Church clerk and Adult Sunday School Teacher, until his health began to fail. He also served for many years as a member of the famous Mighty Stars of Joy of Tensaw, AL quartet group. Deacon Munnerlyn graduated from Douglasville High School and was also a graduate of the Alabama Fire College at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Deacon Munnerlyn was preceded in death by his beloved parents, Dea. Elmer Munnerlyn Sr. & Sis. Roberta Munnerlyn; brothers, Charles Munnerlyn, Elmer Munnerlyn Jr., and Ronnie Munnerlyn; sister, Jessie Johnson.
Deacon Munnerlyn was united in holy matrimony to the love of his life Mattie Lou Brown on March 14, 1964. This union was blessed with three devoted and loving children, Chris, Pamalon, and Meneko. His children adored him and they were his pride and joy! He was later blessed with three devoted sons-in-law (Shedrick Sr., Mark & Jamond), who always referred to him as “Chief”. His sons-in-law honored him with the upmost respect and valued his insight on how to raise a strong family.
Deacon Munnerlyn was also blessed to have three loving grandchildren (Shedrick II, Markelle & Keontah) whom he called the “three musketeers”, and one great-grandchild (Shedrick III). He was a Godly leader & Patriarch of his family and taught his children and grandchildren to do good by their fellow man and to “always stand for what’s right, even if you have to stand alone.”
Deacon Munnerlyn was a strong believer in having great work ethics. He trained his children to work hard and to aim high in everything! His immaculate sense of human, sweet spirit along with his impeccable work ethic allowed him the opportunity to retire from Baldwin County Board of Education after many wonderful years, where he was affectionately known by faculty, staff and students as “Mr. Eddie”. He also served on the Baldwin County 911 Committee and was also the first African American Fire Chief in Baldwin County, where he served the Tensaw Community for 15 years. It was under his leadership that the Tensaw Volunteer Fire Department was established and funding sources where secured through the Alabama Forestry Commission, which resulted in the purchase of the first community firehouse (Uniontown Rd. location) and new fire trucks.
Not only was Deacon Munnerlyn a rock and pillar of his family, he truly served God, his church and his community faithfully, regardless of the time or hour. His life will forever be cherished by his devoted wife, Mattie Munnerlyn (Tensaw, AL) and children: Chris Thomas (Shedrick Sr.) of Little River, AL, Dr. Pamalon Rollins (Mark) of Montgomery, AL, and Dr. Meneko Nettles (Jamond) of Daphne, AL; grandchildren: Shedrick Thomas II (Taylor) of Kansas City, Kansas; Markelle Rollins of Montgomery, AL; and Keontah Munnerlyn of Daphne, AL; great-grand son: Shedrick Thomas III; a devoted nephew, Jimmy Johnson (Wanda) of Daphne, AL; siblings: the late Elmer Munnerlyn, Jr; late Jessie Johnson (late Jimmie, Sr.), John Henry Munnerlyn (Johnnie Mae), Tensaw, AL; Bettye Smith (late James), Montgomery, AL; late Charles Munnerlyn; Sam Munnerlyn (Marielle), Montgomery, AL; James Munnerlyn (Tensaw, AL) and late Ronnie Munnerlyn (Andrette), Montgomery, AL; brother in-laws, the late Jimmy Brown (Mary), Franklin, AL; Bosie Brown (Lula), Pensacola, FL; Marvin Brown (Gertrude), Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Jeff Brown (Wanda) Monroeville, AL & Willie Brown (Valarie) Franklin, AL. Sister-in-laws, the late Minnie Mitchell; Fannie Mae Brown, Frisco City, AL; Margaret Watson (Joe), Monroeville, AL; Annie Wiggins, Detroit, Michigan; and Bridget Brown, Monroeville, AL. Deacon Munnerlyn also leaves to cherish a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and a very loving church family.