Eddie E. Stinson, 83, of Peoria, passed away on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at Unity Point Health Proctor in Peoria.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at First United Methodist Church in Peoria. Reverend C.L. White Jr., from Grace Baptist Church in Peoria will bring the eulogy. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Entombment will be at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.
Eddie was born on April 16, 1936 in Brownsville, TN, a son of Oscar and Geneva (Graves) Stinson. He married Ruth E. Gilbert on April 19, 1955 in Brownsville. She survives.
He is also survived by his children, Marcus (Camie) Stinson of Maryland, Victor Stinson, Cecelia Stinson, Alisa Stinson and Cynthia Stinson, all of Peoria; grandchildren, Brittany, Marcus Jr., Shawn, Sharria and Sherrell Stinson, who is carrying on his legacy as a police officer; ten great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; sisters and a brother.
Eddie served the Peoria community for 36 years as a Peoria Police Officer. He joined the department on December 15, 1964 and retired on April 15, 2001. Throughout his career, he worked the patrol division, was a school liaison officer and a detective. He was an integral part of establishing the Peoria Afro American Police League. This group was dear to his heart and the family requests that memorial contributions may be made in Eddie's memory to it.
After he retired from the police department, he worked at the Peoria Park District for a year and then was a US Marshall for ten years. He was inducted into Peoria's African American Hall of Fame.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Clary Funeral Home, 3004 West Lake Avenue, in Peoria.
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