Eddie Gifford
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A million memories!  / Danny H. (friend)
Ed, I miss you so much... I remember the first time I met you and  your outrageous pony tail and that blinding, brillant, wicked smile.... you lost the pony tail but never the smile. Thank you for the great friendship a thousand laughs, a few tears, lotsa secrets  and a million memories. Few people are as trustworthy as you.... I trusted you completely. As the years went by we would loose and then find each other and catch up... We made some plans recently.... of course we thought we had time... Not sure what Im going to do about that one. I still cant believe I cant call and you pick up... dont think I havent tried. But I know that if there is any way possible you are watching us... Especially your family.... everyone knew how Ed loved his family cause Ed made sure they knew!!! And I believe you are  watching.... and I believe we will meet again... till then.
Thank you for being so special  / Pam Horton (Sister)
My dear little brother,
You don't know how much we are all missing you. They are so many things that I never got to tell you. I just can't understand why you had to leave us. I know we all will never be the same without you in our lives. You would had a way of making me feel better when ever I need to talk about what was going on in my life. You always listened then as you always would give me the best advice. When I moved to Mom's you were there to help as well as Debi and her kids. As you knew that was hard for me but as that special person you were you made it so much easier for Kelly and me. You helped move stuff at Mom's so we could all have a place to put our things. You were always there to help in anyway we needed your help. I remember the weekend we painted and fixed the living room for Mom's birthday. It was such a fun time we shared. I'm so proud of the life you made for yourself. You were the best brother, son, uncle, friend anyone could ever ask for. If I could back in time I would trade places with you. I would die so you could stay here with everyone. I know that won't bring you back but I would have given my life or anything for you. I'm so glad that you were the one that give me away when Dave and I got married. You, Debi and Mom worked so hard on the cakes, flowers and everything that made our day so special. I had the prettiest hair that any bride could ask for. Dave loved you as a brother. He thought so much of you. We really enjoyed Mom, you, Kelly and Dave's family coming for Christmas. It meant so much to us. The best haircut, color that I ever got or will get. Every time I wanted something done to my hair you always knew what I wanted and how do it. I remember the last time Dave and I came to see you. We had been to Mom's mowing and came by afterward. We took you to eat and then we went back to the apartment. It will be the most special night that we spend with you. If I had only knew that would be the last time we saw I would have spent more time with you. It's so hard when I go to Owasso and drive by the exit to your apartment. I always look over there. I know you're not there but I look. When I was at Mom's last weekend I walked in I could smell your scent. I know that you're there looking over Mom's shoulder. I will take care of her. Just know that I love you and I miss you more than words can describe. I know that someday we will see you again. I miss you and love you very much.

If I Had Only Known  / Sheli Richardson (Cousin)

If I Had Only Known song by Reba McEntire

If I had only known
It was the last walk in the rain
I'd keep you out for hours in the storm
I would hold your hand
Like a life line to my heart
Underneath the thunder we'd be warm
If I had only known
It was our last walk in the rain

If I had only known
I'd never hear your voice again
I'd memorize each thing you ever said
And on those lonely nights
I could think of them once more
Keep your words alive inside my head
If I had only known
I'd never hear your voice again

You were the treasure in my hand
You were the one who always stood beside me
So unaware I foolishly believed
That you would always be there
But then there came a day
And I turned my head and you slipped away

If I had only known
It was my last night by your side
I'd pray a miracle would stop the dawn
And when you'd smile at me
I would look into your eyes
And make sure you know my love
For you goes on and on
If I had only known
If I had only known
The love I would've shown
If I had only known

Love you always,

your Sheli

I miss you so  / Janna Fleming (Friend/Family/Family Friend )


Like the girls and Debi, I just can't get my mind around what has happened and the fact that you have left us. You and I weren't blood family, but we were family, because we chose to be, and sometimes that is the best kind of family, the kind that you get to pick. I too, have a need to know why this happened. I wasn't ready for you to leave me, and I'm still not ready to let you go. I have known you for over 40 years, you were small boy about 5 years old the first time that I saw you. You were the sweetest child, little did we know that you would grow into an even sweeter man. I will never forget when you would sit in a card board box, with Trixie at your side, a blanket over your head, driving your convertible, just like Uncle Finis.

I have learned so much from you. I promise I will try to carry on your legacy by living my life and treating people in a way that would please you. Your are without a doubt one of the most loving, caring and non-judgemental people that I have ever met. I am certain that you do not realize what an important person you are to so many of us. I never in my life had a haircut like you gave. My "Mr. Ed do", that's what I have always called it. If you have a "Mr. Ed do" you're always pretty, no matter what. I will forever remember the appointment that you and I never got to keep. I love you my dear friend and I will miss everything about you for the rest of my days.

Just like the song says that the girls chose for you......Baby I can see your Halo now!!!!

All my love,



I miss you more everyday  / Sheli Richardson (Cousin)

I don’t know how to go on. I feel so lost without you.  I'm so heartbroken, it doesn't seem fair.I need to know why this happened to you! You always made me feel so special, like I could do no wrong (we all know the truth ). No matter how I was feeling you always managed to make me feel better. You are a loving, caring and generous person. I don’t think it will ever be okay in my mind that you’re gone. There’s so many things that we looked to you for; guidance, advice, analyzing and so forth. You never had a harsh word to say about anything we told you. You are the most understanding person I’ve ever known. You always understood how any of us felt without even asking. You made my world a happy place when ever I was around you. I know you had regrets in your life, we all do. You were always beautiful to me baby. I regret that I never told you how proud I am of you and will continue to be. I will tell anyone who will listen what a wonderful person you were and all the accomplishments you made in your life. I don’t think you would admit it but you were so good in everything you tried. You just had a knack for everything. I never had to worry about what you would think of me if I told you something odd or off the wall. You know me better than so many other people in my life. I plan to keep up our tradition of going to the metaphysical expo this year and the years to come no matter what.
I was looking through a magazine the other day and saw something I know you would love so I ordered it. I plan on keeping it somewhere special, another trinket to remind me of you. I got a permanent reminder of you and of the things you loved so much. I have so many memories of you, mom and I just sit around and talk about you, my co-workers, Jesse and his mother get an ear full every day.  Even the cats are reminders of you, how they would rub all over you because of the way you smell especially Princess. I loved it when Abby Gail would get up on the sofa behind you and lick the top of your head and you would sit there and laugh. And when Sophie passed away and I thought she needed to be buried with something so you got one of your old shirts, wrapped her up in it and buried her for mom because she was so upset. You see, you did so much for us! You are and always will be like a son and best friend to mom and dad, my emotional crutch, best friend and big brother, the brother poor Ethan never had (instead of 2 annoying sisters ) and a best friend and brother to Beth. You two shared a birthday and the love for so many things.
I miss you so much Eddie! You will ALWAYS have a very special place in my heart. You mean the world to me and I love you!!!

Love Always & Forever,


Eddie, we miss you so much  / Debi Richardson (Aunt)

Eddie, I need to know why this happened, why you were taken from us.  You were loved by so many.  You were such a bright and shining star.  I am trying to go on with the day to day things that have to be done.  But it is so hard, you are all around me everyday. In my living room where you picked out the paint and helped me paint and border.  In my dining room and kitchen where you helped me wallpaper and border and you painted all my trim.  In my bathroom where you helped me paint.  In the bedroom you always stayed in when you were here.  In my backyard and all the rocks you carried helping me landscape.  On the paper route that you helped me with so much.  Throwing papers in the snow and ice and you telling me to stay in the car, and then us ending up in the emergency room with my broken wrist, because I didnt stay in the car.  All the fun we had throwing papers, stopping at the Quik Trip along the way.  And on  Halloween night when we saw the flying?? and nobody beleived us.  I miss you being here doing loads and loads of laundry(just like Beth said).  You were always so much fun.  I know you always said that I did so much for you, but Eddie you did so much more for me.  You were always here for me no matter what was going on.  If I needed help with the kids you would do anything. You would change diapers and never bat an eye.  When my blood sugar was so high it wouldnt even register you walked here to make sure I was ok.  I didnt even have to ask for your help, you just knew and you were here.  Always to help.  No matter what kind of a project I had going you were here to help.  I know now that time spent with a loved one is so very precious and there are no guarantees for tomorrow.  Sheli, Bethie, and E miss you so much.  Its been very hard on them.  You were like a brother to them.  Finis has had a really hard time.  Finis felt like I do, that you were  one of our kids.  Trysten and Kemper also, they dont understand where their Eddie is.  Words seem so inadequate right now,  just know that you were loved by so many people.  More than you could possibly know.  We all loved you so much and will forever miss your smile, you kindness to everyone, and your bright personality.   I know you are at peace now with William, Kasey, and Grandad.  Dont worry about Buddy or Miss Minnie B, the girls, E, and I will always care for them.  Please dont worry about Linda, I will always take care of her, and always be there for her, no matter what.  I love you Eddie and miss you so much.  Aunt Debi




Goodbye Old Friend  / Lavender Thorne (Dear Friend )

I was in total shock when my Mom called me and told me you had passed away just a couple of months ago I called everyone trying to find you. You where my best friend in Beauty College and my daughters 1st babysitter I was calling you to let you know she had just had a baby. My biggest regret was not staying in touch with you more over the last few years. Thanks again my old friend for all the wonderful memories you will be missed and loved. 

Life will never be the same  / Pam Horton (Sister)

I miss you so much already. I miss being able to call and just say hi how's your day? Life as we knew is all changed. You were so special to me. I could call you and tell you anything. You was always there to listen and then tell me what I needed to do or thought I should do. We had some great times and we went through some rough times too. Just know that I will make sure Mom is taken care of. I will also try to help Debi, Beth, Sheli and Ethan.

I'm glad that you were there to give me away when Dave & I got married. Dave loved you as his own brother. He misses you so much too. I remember the last time we were at the apartment. We took you to out to eat then you did our hair. As you and Dave would always do you picked on me as you could only do. Just tell Dave stories of how we did as kids. I just want you to know I just can't find enough words to tell you how much you mean to us all.

Kelly always wanted to be just like you. She always wanted Uncle to make her bangs big as only you could. Enjoy where you are now. We will see you again soon. I love you so much little brother.


Pam Horton, Broken Arrow, OK

sending my condolences  / Rowan Rennie (friend)

I was so shocked & saddened to learn of Eddie's death.  I remember him as a precious & sweet little guy growing up.  I send my heartfelt thoughts & prayers to all his family,  esp Linda & Pam.


To the best friend/brother anyone could have  / Trey Merrick (Best Friend, Brother )
Every since the day we met there was a bond that couldnt be broken even now. We loved each other as best friends and family too which couldnt be explained, we were going to grow old together, retire and be in rockers on a front porch. Well, that will still happen my friend just sooner. You were the best hairstylist ever, even when you asked me how to do hair stuff, you taught me more than you know. I will truly miss you and you will not be forgotten. With Great Love, Your Brother TREY
*He'my family,he's my best friend,he is my Angel*  / Bethie Richardson Arie (Cousin)

I still cannot believe that I am going to go through the rest of my life without Eddie standing by my side. I regret all the things I did not get to say to him, or the time I didn’t get to spend with him and I should have. I’ve always heard people say to never take anything for granted because tomorrow isn’t a guarantee…but it wasn’t until this that I realized what people meant. I hate myself for taking my precious time with Eddie for granted.

I will miss driving you back and forth to all your appointments…I will miss coming to Ma’s house and not seeing you there, doing your massive loads of laundry. I will miss Blanche impressions we loved to do, or better yet, listening to random songs, be them old-or new, and watching you dance around the kitchen, discussing tattoos we want, or Marilyn Monroe…or just all the beautiful pinup girls we love—and **SHOES!!!!!!** everytime I got a new pair, I knew you'd love them as much as I do!! And as hard as it is to believe, I am going to miss all your half drank coffee mugs sitting everywhere… I don’t have any one to help me decide how to decorate my kitchen…you are the last person I even spoke to it about-and you are the only one who knew what look I was going for.

November 4th will never be the same. It’s going to be hard to celebrate that day for the rest of my life, knowing you aren’t going to be there for it too.

I’m glad that you were always there for all of us…and the special things you did for all of us, including Trysten and Kemper-How fast you drove just so you could be there to see Trysten the day she was born…all the times you baby sat for me-or the diapers you changed-and how thankful I was anytime you saw how crazy those kids were getting, and would take them-walk with them, and just talk, and how much they love it when you would talk to them—especially Trysten, she could talk an ear off and you always listened to her-and talked to her, and I know that makes her feel like such a big girl, being talked to like one of the adults.

And we all know that you are watching over us, and laughing-especially while we moved all your stuff…how we all always told you, “we aren’t ever moving you again, you have too much stuff!” Now all that stuff is a treasure to us. (A very, very large treasure!!)

You are such an awesome, great person…I miss you so much that it hurts. I never once in my life thought I would lose you.

I’m going to take care of Buddy and Minnie as best I can…Kemper loves Buddy already- and Miss Minnie B, she is hilarious…wants the love and attention but wants to hiss at me the entire time I pet her.

We are going to take care of Aunt Linda too-she has always seemed so much closer than an Aunt is…like a second mother to us, and the kids…and you were always closer than a cousin-just like a Brother.

I wish none of this ever happened-I miss you so much, and just want you here with us.

Nothing is ever going to take this pain away.

I love you Eddie, and I miss you so much. Watch over us-and be our Angel.

For Eddie  / Sheli Richardson (Cousin)
I’m not very good at writing; I tend to write how I talk. So, here it goes….

I’ve never understood how life can be wonderful one minute and horrible the next until I found out you were gone. All I ever saw was happiness where ever you were. You’ve touched so many people. I have yet to hear a cross word (I’m sure they know better). You’re missed more than you could ever know! Beth and I were browsing the internet the other day after Jana emailed us some photos of you and found a long lost friend that we emailed and received even more photos. I plan to print them out and start a scrapbook or something to put all your beautiful photos in.
I had a dream last night that you were in. You were just sitting on the sofa watching your beloved Charmed and laughing. You’ve always been the one I’ve called or talked to about all of my dreams I don’t understand. I know how you would analyze this one, “They want you to know they're okay” and I know that’s the truth with this one. You, Aunt Linda, Mom and Jesse are the only ones who understood the dreams I have or the feelings I experience because you had them too.  I’m still waiting to hear your voice or smell the oils you always wore.
I know you were always thankful for all the things we did for you but now, it seems like we could’ve done so much more. You always helped us move and helped us paint. I don’t think I’ll ever repaint my bedroom or bathroom because you painted those. You came out and stayed with me when Jesse was on the road so you could help me decide what I wanted to do with the house for the Murder Mystery Party. I remember how excited you were for it and baby you were a hit! Why I got dressed I'll never know!!!
You don’t have to worry about your furry kids, Minnie and Buddy will be taken very good care of.
I don’t think words can express how much we all miss you and how much we love and cherished the time we had with you!!! You mean the world to us! I’m happy you, Kasey, William, Grandad, and everyone are all together again!!
Love You Always,
We will miss you so much!  / Jamie Smith (Friend/customer)

I will never forget the long chats I had with Ed in the 80's while he patiently spent 2 hours rolling my hair on spiral rollers so that I could achieve maximum curl/height on my big hair!  Then, when I became an adult he would cut my two little boys' hair.  He was so good with them that my little 2 year old (who is now 15) would fall asleep everytime!  He drove all the way to Branson to fix my hair and attend my wedding in 2001.  Ed was the only thing that went off on time that day!  I moved to OKC in 2003 and still had Ed cut my hair when I was in Bartlesville.  We lost contact in 2005 and I have missed him so much ever since. 


Goodbye my friend, I pray you are in peace.

our friend, Eddie  / Carol Fink (long time fried and custumer )
I and my 3 daughters knew Eddie for 25 years. He was very special to us. Like a brother to my girls, and a son to me. He did my oldest daughters hair after she was in a bad acident and traveled to Branson to do my and my youngest daughters hair for her wedding.He loved his mom and sis alot and his neice was very special to him. We will miss him
Eddie the Beautiful...  / Brooke Thames (Family friend )
Eddie, you will be greatly missed, and never forgotten!!! You were such a fun person, outgoing, outrageous (LOL), and you had such a beautiful soul.  Rest in peace my friend!!
going to miss you  / Susan Daniel (cousin)
Eddie was a kind and generous soul and I'm going to miss him like crazy. He was funny and man could he do some big 80's hair! Love to all his close family and friends.
Missing you!  / Sheli (Cousin)
Love may be a battlefield but mine is a war zone. Love doesn't come easy when it's difficult to love ones self. I have loved myself in the past but my future is bleak. I can not make it. I can not make it when he's gone. He knew me, understood my pain. He left me without warning and I need him so much. I need someone who loves me someone who understands my pain. He did and he's gone. With no one else to talk to I sit alone. Alone with my mind and alone with a bottle. In his own words "I'm not drinking for taste, just effect".
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