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Ed King has passed away...the LPF's tribute to a legend.

jbzoso2002

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I saw a gear page post that Ed King has passed away, I hope its not
true.

Jimmy

EDIT: RIP Ed King, I didnt know him but he seems like he was a cool dude.

Thanks for the title edit, much more fitting.
 
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CDaughtry

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Re: Ed King has passed?

My dear friend Ed King has indeed passed away. For years, Ed told me when he died he wanted me to do his Eulogy. I always thought he was kidding. As his death got closer, he and Sharon asked me again. I was beyond honored. This will be going out with the official announcement of his death today:

A Eulogy for Ed King

By Charles A. Daughtry

When remembering Ed King, it would be easy to focus on his extraordinary accomplishments as a musician, songwriter, and guitarist. One only needs to think of the Lynyrd Skynyrd song, “Sweet Home Alabama” and instantly, Ed’s trademark Stratocaster guitar riff plays in your head. The undeniably great guitar solo is a classic composition all unto itself. Indeed, Ed will go down in the annals of rock history as one of the greatest of all time in all three categories.

My purpose here is not to chronicle Ed’s musical achievements. My purpose is to chronicle his extraordinary accomplishments as a man.

Ed wore his feelings on his sleeve. If you were Ed’s friend, you knew it. If you weren’t, you knew that as well. If you were Ed’s friend, you were the beneficiary of his fierce love. When I first met Ed, we had an instant connection. In addition to our obvious love of guitars and music—our tastes were eerily similar—we each shared a common view of the world. One of the very first things I noticed about Ed was the mischievous sparkle in his eye. He had a wicked sense of humor and his sarcasm was legendary.

Ed loved life and he was grateful for second chances. As most of you know, he was the recipient of a successful heart transplant in 2011. He never wasted a day. Ed knew he was living on borrowed time. He had a gratitude about him that made everything in his life richer. It enriched the lives of others as well. Ed unashamedly talked about his love for God. He thought there must have been a reason he was given a second chance and he didn’t want to squander a minute of it.

Ed lit up when he talked about Sharon. She was the love of his life and you could feel the love whenever you were around them. He often joked that we both “married up.” In Sharon, Ed had found his soul mate. They modeled what true love actually is.

Ed also unabashedly loved his dogs Ollie and Petey. I never visited with Ed at his home when they weren’t right beside him.
Ed loved his friends too. If you were lucky enough to have Ed call you his friend, you entered a world of extraordinary generosity. He shared without any expectation of receiving anything in return. When he was talking to you, he made you feel like you were the most important person in the world. I always left an encounter with Ed feeling like I was better off for it. And, I will always cherish the times we sat around jamming on many of his wonderful guitars and laughing about life.

The night before Ed’s last surgery, he was extraordinarily calm. He was completely at peace with whatever his Maker had in store for him. That night, I texted him, “I love you.” He wrote back that “Love is a strong word.” I wrote back and acknowledged that it certainly was and that I did not use the term lightly. Ed was my friend. I loved him. If you knew Ed, you loved him too.

The world is a little less beautiful without Ed in it. However, he did not want any of us to mourn. He knew he was the recipient of a wonderful second chance, that few of us get, and he took full advantage of it. Oh how he took advantage of it.

Join me today in playing your favorite Lynyrd Skynyrd tune in honor of an extraordinary soul.


See you on the other side my friend.
 

duaneflowers

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Re: Ed King has passed?

My dear friend Ed King has indeed passed away. For years, Ed told me when he died he wanted me to do his Eulogy. I always thought he was kidding. As his death got closer, he and Sharon asked me again. I was beyond honored. This will be going out with the official announcement of his death today:

A Eulogy for Ed King

By Charles A. Daughtry

When remembering Ed King, it would be easy to focus on his extraordinary accomplishments as a musician, songwriter, and guitarist. One only needs to think of the Lynyrd Skynyrd song, “Sweet Home Alabama” and instantly, Ed’s trademark Stratocaster guitar riff plays in your head. The undeniably great guitar solo is a classic composition all unto itself. Indeed, Ed will go down in the annals of rock history as one of the greatest of all time in all three categories.

My purpose here is not to chronicle Ed’s musical achievements. My purpose is to chronicle his extraordinary accomplishments as a man.

Ed wore his feelings on his sleeve. If you were Ed’s friend, you knew it. If you weren’t, you knew that as well. If you were Ed’s friend, you were the beneficiary of his fierce love. When I first met Ed, we had an instant connection. In addition to our obvious love of guitars and music—our tastes were eerily similar—we each shared a common view of the world. One of the very first things I noticed about Ed was the mischievous sparkle in his eye. He had a wicked sense of humor and his sarcasm was legendary.

Ed loved life and he was grateful for second chances. As most of you know, he was the recipient of a successful heart transplant in 2011. He never wasted a day. Ed knew he was living on borrowed time. He had a gratitude about him that made everything in his life richer. It enriched the lives of others as well. Ed unashamedly talked about his love for God. He thought there must have been a reason he was given a second chance and he didn’t want to squander a minute of it.

Ed lit up when he talked about Sharon. She was the love of his life and you could feel the love whenever you were around them. He often joked that we both “married up.” In Sharon, Ed had found his soul mate. They modeled what true love actually is.

Ed also unabashedly loved his dogs Ollie and Petey. I never visited with Ed at his home when they weren’t right beside him.
Ed loved his friends too. If you were lucky enough to have Ed call you his friend, you entered a world of extraordinary generosity. He shared without any expectation of receiving anything in return. When he was talking to you, he made you feel like you were the most important person in the world. I always left an encounter with Ed feeling like I was better off for it. And, I will always cherish the times we sat around jamming on many of his wonderful guitars and laughing about life.

The night before Ed’s last surgery, he was extraordinarily calm. He was completely at peace with whatever his Maker had in store for him. That night, I texted him, “I love you.” He wrote back that “Love is a strong word.” I wrote back and acknowledged that it certainly was and that I did not use the term lightly. Ed was my friend. I loved him. If you knew Ed, you loved him too.

The world is a little less beautiful without Ed in it. However, he did not want any of us to mourn. He knew he was the recipient of a wonderful second chance, that few of us get, and he took full advantage of it. Oh how he took advantage of it.

Join me today in playing your favorite Lynyrd Skynyrd tune in honor of an extraordinary soul.


See you on the other side my friend.

That was beautiful Charlie, it is easy to see why Ed wanted you to write it. :salude
 

buckwild

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I'm so saddened by this news. While I didn't know Ed personally he seemed like a awesome guy.

Charlie beautiful Eulogy.
 

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Re: Ed King has passed?

My dear friend Ed King has indeed passed away. For years, Ed told me when he died he wanted me to do his Eulogy. I always thought he was kidding. As his death got closer, he and Sharon asked me again. I was beyond honored. This will be going out with the official announcement of his death today:

A Eulogy for Ed King

By Charles A. Daughtry

When remembering Ed King, it would be easy to focus on his extraordinary accomplishments as a musician, songwriter, and guitarist. One only needs to think of the Lynyrd Skynyrd song, “Sweet Home Alabama” and instantly, Ed’s trademark Stratocaster guitar riff plays in your head. The undeniably great guitar solo is a classic composition all unto itself. Indeed, Ed will go down in the annals of rock history as one of the greatest of all time in all three categories.

My purpose here is not to chronicle Ed’s musical achievements. My purpose is to chronicle his extraordinary accomplishments as a man.

Ed wore his feelings on his sleeve. If you were Ed’s friend, you knew it. If you weren’t, you knew that as well. If you were Ed’s friend, you were the beneficiary of his fierce love. When I first met Ed, we had an instant connection. In addition to our obvious love of guitars and music—our tastes were eerily similar—we each shared a common view of the world. One of the very first things I noticed about Ed was the mischievous sparkle in his eye. He had a wicked sense of humor and his sarcasm was legendary.

Ed loved life and he was grateful for second chances. As most of you know, he was the recipient of a successful heart transplant in 2011. He never wasted a day. Ed knew he was living on borrowed time. He had a gratitude about him that made everything in his life richer. It enriched the lives of others as well. Ed unashamedly talked about his love for God. He thought there must have been a reason he was given a second chance and he didn’t want to squander a minute of it.

Ed lit up when he talked about Sharon. She was the love of his life and you could feel the love whenever you were around them. He often joked that we both “married up.” In Sharon, Ed had found his soul mate. They modeled what true love actually is.

Ed also unabashedly loved his dogs Ollie and Petey. I never visited with Ed at his home when they weren’t right beside him.
Ed loved his friends too. If you were lucky enough to have Ed call you his friend, you entered a world of extraordinary generosity. He shared without any expectation of receiving anything in return. When he was talking to you, he made you feel like you were the most important person in the world. I always left an encounter with Ed feeling like I was better off for it. And, I will always cherish the times we sat around jamming on many of his wonderful guitars and laughing about life.

The night before Ed’s last surgery, he was extraordinarily calm. He was completely at peace with whatever his Maker had in store for him. That night, I texted him, “I love you.” He wrote back that “Love is a strong word.” I wrote back and acknowledged that it certainly was and that I did not use the term lightly. Ed was my friend. I loved him. If you knew Ed, you loved him too.

The world is a little less beautiful without Ed in it. However, he did not want any of us to mourn. He knew he was the recipient of a wonderful second chance, that few of us get, and he took full advantage of it. Oh how he took advantage of it.

Join me today in playing your favorite Lynyrd Skynyrd tune in honor of an extraordinary soul.


See you on the other side my friend.
I never met Mr. Ed King in person, although I’ve seen many of the videos y’all have shared on here, YouTube, etc., but somehow his passing and especially this Eulogy made me very emotional. We lost one of the good ones, no doubt. Beautiful words, CD. Thank you for sharing them with us. Thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. King’s family and friends. Rest In Peace.
 

J.D.

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Beautifully written, Charlie.

+1 to all the kind sentiments posted.
 

MeHereNow

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Charlie,

Beautiful words about a beautiful unique person.
Thnx for sharing and i wish you and all of Ed's friends and family a lot of strength.
 

MightyMouse

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Fly on free bird, you will be remembered and greatly missed !
God Bless his family,friends, and fans....
R.I.P
 

Ed A

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Beautifully written Charlie.... SO sorry for your loss... and thank you for sharing your thoughts about the man himself... Prayers for his family and friends....
 
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Michael Minnis

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What a heartfelt and poignant eulogy, Charlie. Thank you for sharing. I wish you and Sharon and all of Ed's friends much comfort.
 

Bob Womack

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R.I.P. Ed. You were an influence and a nice guy.

Nice Job, Charles.

Bob
 

c_wester

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Re: Ed King has passed?

My dear friend Ed King has indeed passed away. For years, Ed told me when he died he wanted me to do his Eulogy. I always thought he was kidding. As his death got closer, he and Sharon asked me again. I was beyond honored. This will be going out with the official announcement of his death today:

A Eulogy for Ed King

By Charles A. Daughtry

When remembering Ed King, it would be easy to focus on his extraordinary accomplishments as a musician, songwriter, and guitarist. One only needs to think of the Lynyrd Skynyrd song, “Sweet Home Alabama” and instantly, Ed’s trademark Stratocaster guitar riff plays in your head. The undeniably great guitar solo is a classic composition all unto itself. Indeed, Ed will go down in the annals of rock history as one of the greatest of all time in all three categories.

My purpose here is not to chronicle Ed’s musical achievements. My purpose is to chronicle his extraordinary accomplishments as a man.

Ed wore his feelings on his sleeve. If you were Ed’s friend, you knew it. If you weren’t, you knew that as well. If you were Ed’s friend, you were the beneficiary of his fierce love. When I first met Ed, we had an instant connection. In addition to our obvious love of guitars and music—our tastes were eerily similar—we each shared a common view of the world. One of the very first things I noticed about Ed was the mischievous sparkle in his eye. He had a wicked sense of humor and his sarcasm was legendary.

Ed loved life and he was grateful for second chances. As most of you know, he was the recipient of a successful heart transplant in 2011. He never wasted a day. Ed knew he was living on borrowed time. He had a gratitude about him that made everything in his life richer. It enriched the lives of others as well. Ed unashamedly talked about his love for God. He thought there must have been a reason he was given a second chance and he didn’t want to squander a minute of it.

Ed lit up when he talked about Sharon. She was the love of his life and you could feel the love whenever you were around them. He often joked that we both “married up.” In Sharon, Ed had found his soul mate. They modeled what true love actually is.

Ed also unabashedly loved his dogs Ollie and Petey. I never visited with Ed at his home when they weren’t right beside him.
Ed loved his friends too. If you were lucky enough to have Ed call you his friend, you entered a world of extraordinary generosity. He shared without any expectation of receiving anything in return. When he was talking to you, he made you feel like you were the most important person in the world. I always left an encounter with Ed feeling like I was better off for it. And, I will always cherish the times we sat around jamming on many of his wonderful guitars and laughing about life.

The night before Ed’s last surgery, he was extraordinarily calm. He was completely at peace with whatever his Maker had in store for him. That night, I texted him, “I love you.” He wrote back that “Love is a strong word.” I wrote back and acknowledged that it certainly was and that I did not use the term lightly. Ed was my friend. I loved him. If you knew Ed, you loved him too.

The world is a little less beautiful without Ed in it. However, he did not want any of us to mourn. He knew he was the recipient of a wonderful second chance, that few of us get, and he took full advantage of it. Oh how he took advantage of it.

Join me today in playing your favorite Lynyrd Skynyrd tune in honor of an extraordinary soul.


See you on the other side my friend.


Beautyfully written!!! and now im gonna buy a Strawberry Alarm Clock Vinyl.
 

rockabilly69

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RIP to one of the cool ones! And wonderful eulogy Charlie as I definitely learned more about the man through your words! Love and good vibes go out to his family and loved ones!
 

Blue97FXSTC

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Great that Mr. King got a second chance, and that he didn't squander it.
Beautiful eulogy, Mr. Daughtry.
I, too, am in the second chance domain.
Have fun every day, play every gig like it's your last, and remember to tell your friends that you love them.
None of us is guaranteed another tomorrow.
 

Nick-O

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Totally bummed, but so well said Charlie. Thank you for posting.
 

Beckelectric

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Ed chose well in selecting you CD but that is what friends are for isn't it? Sorry for the loss that all will feel without Ed in their life.
 
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