John Stephen "Steve" Eades, 73, of Cumming passed away Monday, Nov. 18, at Northside Hospital-Forsyth in Cumming. Steve was a member of Cumming First United Methodist Church and has lived in the Cumming area for the past 40 years. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving for 3 years and was stationed in Turkey for 18 months.
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Steve was a loving and phenomenal dad who hunted, fished, played golf and spent many hours with his boys (as he called them). They would leave in their ìtruckî in the early morning hours, singing bluegrass music and enjoying each otherís company. He was a Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and would drive to Athens to take his training, being among the first of the Georgia Master Naturalists.
In 1965, Steve joined Marion Laboratories as a pharmaceutical representative, winning several sales awards and was inducted into the exclusive MMD Club of the company. He retired in 1996 to spend more time with his wife and family.
He was preceded in death by parents, John Eades and Thelma Teaque Eades; stepmother, Cecelia Eades; brother, Hilton Eades Sr.; and sister, Ellen Eades Griffin.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sandra McRee Eades of Cumming; sons, Justin and Kim Eades of Cumming, Mark and Kristi Eades of Cumming; grandchildren, Trey Johnson, Dakota Eades, Cody Eades, Cooper Eades and Ella Eades; nephew, Hilton Eades Jr. and wife Claudia Eades of Raleigh, N.C.; niece, Leigh Ann Fowler and husband Bob of Zebulon, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews also survive.
A funeral service will be held Thursday, Nov. 21, at 4:30 p.m. at the Cumming First United Methodist Church, the Revs. Dr. Malone Dodson and Kathie Stasko officiating, and Full Military Honors by Forsyth County Veterans Alliance. The family will receive friends at McDonald and Son Funeral Home Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 5-8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in memory of Steve Eades to the Piedmont Educational Fund/Bears Club Scholarship Program at Lenoir Rhyne University (LRU), P.O. Box 7280, Hickory, NC 28603-7280 or to Cumming First United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 606, Cumming, GA 30028.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.mcdonaldandson.com.
McDonald and Son Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
McDonald and Son Funeral Home and Crematory - Cumming
150 Sawnee Drive
Cumming, GA 30040
Published in Forsyth County News from Nov. 20 to Nov. 23, 2013