Valdosta Daily Times

April 9, 2014

Paul Franklin Eye


The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Paul Franklin Eye, 59, beloved husband, father, son and brother passed this life Saturday, April 5, 2014. He succumbed to a long illness surrounded by his family at home.

Paul was born to Frank Eldon and Mary Judson Lilly Eye on Dec. 3, 1954, in Kansas City, Mo. He was the middle of five children. Paul attended many different schools throughout the country and was a 1974 VHS graduate. He graduated from Valdosta Technical College and achieved and maintained his ASE Master Diesel Mechanic certification. He prided himself in the ability to repair what others could not. He worked for a variety of shops before injuries forced his retirement.

Paul’s real passions in life were his family, music, and helping others through AA sponsorships. He also reveled in the freedom of riding his Honda Shadow Spirit.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Judson Eye; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul R. Lilly of Valdosta and Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Franklin Eye of Kansas City, Mo.; father-in-law, David V. Fender Sr. of Valdosta; and brother-in-law, David V. Fender Jr., of South Boston, Va.

He is survived by his wife, Sally Bremah Fender Eye; daughter, Sally Eye Griffin (Chris) of Valdosta; son, Pehn Fender (Tracy) of Lakeland, Fla.; granddaughters, Kristen and Kelsey Griffin of Valdosta; and grandson, Patrick Fender of Lakeland, Fla. He is also survived by his father, Frank Eldon Eye of Valdosta; mother-in-law, Claudette Peck Fender; brother, John J. Eye of Brunswick; sisters, Mary H. Kliem (John) of Bessemer, Pa., Susan Wheeler (Jim) of Valdosta, and Margaret E. Fender (Henry) of Lake Park; brother-in-law, Peter P. Fender (Debbie); sister-in-law, Sandy Lowery (Ronnie); and a host of nieces and nephews.

Paul and his wife Sally officially met at the wedding of his sister to her brother. Paul, the groomsman, was disappointed he was not paired with Sally, the bridesmaid. He decided to rectify the situation by asking her for a date. They were happily married in Oct. 18, 1980, and enjoyed many more outings. Once their children had grown, they enjoyed riding on Paul’s motorcycle and restoring their house together. They also loved collecting antique furniture and Paul especially enjoyed collecting vintage guitars. Paul Kossoff, Led Zeppelin, Popa Chubby, and the Beatles were some of his favorite artists. He enjoyed sharing his recordings with the neighborhood as he usually played music while repairing engines. Paul had a real affinity for the 1960’s and 1970’s and was generally regarded as an old hippie by friends and family.

Services for Mr. Eye will be held Thursday, April 10, 2014, at 11 a.m. in the Carson McLane Chapel with the Rev. Bob Willis officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Hill Cemetery in Valdosta. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Paul Eye to The Rosomoff Comprehensive Rehabilitation Center, 5200 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33137.

Condolences may be conveyed online at www.mclanecares.com.  — Carson McLane  Funeral Home