Carl Buel Edington, age 90, closed his eyes to this world and opened them to another on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13 at Higginbotham Funeral Chapel in Cross Plains, Texas. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Bob Pipes will be assisted by the Rev. Harris Worcester in the sharing of Carl’s life journey. Military and Masonic rites will be performed at the Dressy Cemetery before Carl is laid to rest by Dorothy once more.
He was born to Joseph Dyes “Jodie” and Ida Ola Nations Edington on August 7, 1920 in Burkett, Texas. He was one of five children including Cleo Edington, Raymond “Hick” Edington, Lucille Edington Barr and an infant sister not named. The family resided in Coleman County, Texas where Carl finished high school at Burkett in 1937. He would go on to accomplish a Petroleum and Geology degree in an 11-year period.
He married “the prettiest girl in Cross Plains” Dorothy Johnson May 13, 1939 at the old Methodist Church in Cross Plains. Two children were born to the couple, Linda Edington Landrum and Don Edington. To support his family Carl went to work in the Phillips Dodge mines in Bixby, Ariz. until 1945 where he was mine safety inspector for the last two years. He was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served as a MP until his discharge due to reduction of troops in December of 1945. A World War II veteran, Carl proudly displayed the American flag at his home all his days. After the war Mr. Edington did well site drilling and completion work for various companies in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Utah. In 1954 Mr. Edington formed a partnership with James E. Russell in Abilene, Texas and from that firm they operated a core laboratory in Abilene and performed core analysis for firms in New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma.
With the purchase of Oilfield Research Laboratory in Chanute, Mr. Edington became executive vice president in charge of all the operations in Kansas. In March of 1980 Mr. Edington retired from the active oil field. He returned to Cross Plains in November 1995. Having become a Mason in 1046, a past Master, a York Rite Mason in 1949, he became a new member of Cross Plains Lodge #627. In 2002 he was voted the recipient of the elite Golden Trowel Award by fellow masons. It was through that Masonic connection he became acquainted with former President Harry Truman. It was through heritage he was acquainted with former President Lyndon B. Johnson having been 2nd cousins. It was through his love of golf that he met and golfed with Roy Clark, Buck Owens and other greats.
He survived many of those he loved, including his wife Dorothy, his son Don, daughter Linda, his parents, brothers, Cleo and Hick, an infant sister and a dear friend Dorothy Odom. Those left to carry on his memory are his sister, Lucille Edington Barr and husband Ance of Coleman; daughter-in-law Sarah Edington of Alabama; son-in-law Harold Landrum of Waco; granddaughters Ashley Walker of Granbury, Amber and Kasi Edington of Alabama; grandsons Darin Landrum of Waco and David Landrum of Mansfield; 8great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and friend and personal caregiver Geneva Nelson of Cross Plains.
Carl’s wish was for donations to be given to the Cross Plains EMS or Cross Plains Volunteer Fire Department in his name.