Mr. Eaton was born May 9, 1929 At Port Wentworth, GA to Frank D. Eaton, Sr. and Pearl Eunice Pierce Eaton. He was predeceased by his parents, two brothers; Frank Jr. and Howard E. Eaton and sister, Vera Mae E. Mingledorff. Funeral services, with Military and Masonic rites, will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3:00 p.m., Raleigh Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel with burial to follow.
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Mr. Eaton retired from CSX Transportation in 1987 after 35 years service. He began his railroad career in 1953 in the Engineering Department of the Atlantic Coast Line RR in Savannah, GA. After he received his engineering degree from Georgia Institute of Technology he served in various engineering, maintenance and operating capacities with successor companies, including superintendant of SCL's Rocky Mount Division and Seaboard System's Louisville Division. He also served as Vice-President and General Manager of the Winston-Salem Southbound Railway and the High Point, Thomasville, and Denton RR, Winston-Salem, N.C. He retired in distribution services, CSX, Jacksonville, FL in 1987 and returned to the Rocky Mount area.
He was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church, North Augusta, S.C. He was a member and past Master of the Morning AF & AM Star Lodge No.85, AF & AM Nashville, N.C. and was an honorary member of Central Cross Lodge No. 187, AF & AM Spring Hope, and N.C. He was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason and a member of Sudan Shrine, New Bern, N.C.
Mr. Eaton is survived by his wife, Jo Anne Mitchell Eaton of the home, five children; Tara Jo Parkman ( Davis ), Johnston, S.C., Stephani Anne Wikert, Augusta, GA, Barbara Leah Schaffer ( Norman ) Augusta, GA, Jan Collette O'Connell, Johnston, S.C. and son, John H. Eaton, Jr. ( Ingrid ), Navarre, FL., stepchildren; Michael W. Kearney ( Susan ) and Mary Lisa Kearney Partin ( Anthony ) of Raleigh, N.C., twelve grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to Masonic Home for Children, 600 College St., Oxford, NC 27565. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.brownwynne.com
Published in Rocky Mount Telegram on May 19, 2012