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McEACHERN, Don Robert Lieutenant Colonel, went peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 in Nashville, TN, after a period of declining strength and health, which he endured with patience and humor. The span of his earthly pilgrimage was 88 years, two months and three days. The only son of Don and Mayhoward Austin McEachern of Jacksonville, FL, Col. McEachern married Bette Whitehurst on New Years Day in 1948. He bravely served his country as a Marine Corps pilot in the Korean War, during which time he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Purple Heart. After graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in mechanical engineering, he became a loyal employee of E. I. DuPont de Nemours Co. Col. McEachern faithfully served the Lord as a founding elder of Hickory Grove Church in Mt. Juliet, TN and as a founding member of the Rafiki Foundation, a mission organization devoted to meeting the needs of widows and orphans in Africa. Col. McEachern was a loving brother, husband, father, grandfather and great-father, and an example to all in his church and community. His strength of character, his humility, and his gentle, generous heart will be missed. Survivors include wife, Bette; daughters, Beverly Coffey, Barbara McLaughlin and Bonnie Lloyd, and son, Don McEachern, Jr. Col. McEachern is also survived by nine grandchildren, a great-grandson, three sons-in-law, five sisters and 18 nieces and nephews. Services are with Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery, located at 7931 McCrory Lane, Nashville, TN 37221 on Monday, January 28, 2013 at 11 a.m. Visitation will be with Hibbett & Hailey Funeral Home, located at 429 Donelson Pike, Nashville, TN 37214 on Sunday, January 27, 2013 from 4 - 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Rafiki Foundation, http://www.rafikifoundation.org/ or Hickory Grove PCA, http://hickorygrovepca.org/.
Published in The Tennessean on Jan. 26, 2013