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June 19, 2014

Local businessman of many years dies at home

Athens — An Athens businessman whose store has been a fixture in the community for almost 60 years died on Tuesday at his residence.

Thomas E. Geddie, Sr., 83, established Geddie Feed and Seed Company in 1955, and operated it until he retired and sold it to his son Thomas E. Geddie Jr.

“From what I’ve been told it was just a small business, but he developed it, grew and loved it,” Geddie Jr. said. “That’s what he liked to do.”

Geddie Sr. was an Athens native, who attended local schools, then went to Oklahoma State University, graduating in 1951. After a stay in the U.S. Army, he returned to his hometown, and started the feed and seed business, and devoted himself to making it a success.

“He didn’t have hobbies, he was dedicated to his work,” Geddie Jr. said. “He knew everybody. He was a wonderful man, and would help you with anything.”

Geddie Sr. relocated the store in 1987 to a location on North Faulk Street, where it exists today. The large metal building, which had housed an old pea-canning plant, was built some 60 years prior to Geddie purchasing the property. In 1995, Geddie Jr. became owner.

“He retired when he was 65. He just thought it was time,”  Geddie Jr. said. “I  took it over and kept it going.”

Geddie was a past Master of the Athens Masonic Lodge No. 165, and was a 32-Degree Scottish Rite Mason. He received his 50-year pin in April.

Geddie’s wife of 47 years, Maxine, died in January. She was described as a “stay at home” mom, who loved spending time with her family.

Funeral services for Geddie are scheduled for 10 a.m., Friday, at First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Paul Sherwood and the Rev. Lynette Solomon officiating. Masonic graveside services will follow in Oaklawn Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.

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