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Eleanor G. Eubank

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Eleanor G. Eubank

Collierville, TN

Eleanor Gaines Eubank, a Collierville resident, died on March 17, 2017 at Methodist Hospital Germantown after a period of declining health. She was 79. Eleanor was predeceased by the love of her life, John Y. Eubank Jr. in 2010.

She is survived by a daughter, Ellen Eubank, who lives in Memphis and by a son, Jay and his wife Kelly, of Raleigh, NC. Eleanor also leaves two grandsons, John Young Eubank IV (Jack) and Anthony Wiley Eubank (Wiley), also of Raleigh, NC. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Rose Eubank of Brighton, TN. "His lord said to him, Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord." (Matthew 25:21) That is exactly how Eleanor lived her life. More than anything else, she was faithful to God, and put the wellbeing of her family and friends first; but always her faithfulness to her savior was foremost in how she conducted herself and in how she related to her husband and raised her family.

Eleanor was born February 8, 1938 in Henning in Lauderdale County. Life wasn't the easiest for Eleanor, who was raised by a single mother, Montine Gaines. But having an extended family of aunts and uncles was a source of continued blessings. Moving to Memphis at an early age, she benefited from being near her Aunt Winnie and Uncle Sam, her Aunt Vergie and Uncle Bob and her Aunt Gertie. And always, always, Eleanor was blessed by her relationship with her Aunt Mettie and Uncle Wilmer, who lived in Ripley, TN.

She spent time with all them, and in turn they helped her attend Memphis State University after graduating from East High School. And it was while finishing up at Memphis State that she discovered that blind dates sometimes pay great dividends.

Working in the president's office at Memphis State, Eleanor was introduced to an up-and-coming administrator, John Eubank. It was close to love at first sight (John said so, at least) and soon they were engaged. They married in Memphis in 1962.

From then on it was John and Eleanor or Eleanor and John - they were the consummate pair: John with his dry sense of humor and Eleanor with her outgoing chattiness. They lived in Memphis and Collierville, save for a short stint in Knoxville while John finished his doctorate degree. Eleanor typed his dissertation, while managing a gregarious toddler son.

Back in Memphis they welcomed their daughter and Eleanor took on ALL the duties motherhood entails. She drove the carpool, got Jay and Ellen to sports and dance practices and always church and Sunday School.

A key part of Eleanor and John's life was the Lamplighter's Sunday School Class at Christ United Methodist Church. They treasured their friendships, reveling in the good times and being there in prayer and support in not so good times.

Eleanor also was a leader in Bible Study Fellowship in Memphis and Community Bible Study in Collierville. She also was a longtime member of King's Daughters and Sons.

Living in Collierville was a lot of fun. John and Eleanor lived near John's cousin, the late Bob Beaty and his wife Barbara. New Year's Eve and Fourth of July celebrations were an annual tradition with Bob and Barbara. And Eleanor was particularly blessed by being a neighbor and prayerful friend with Faye Wilson. But if you wanted to see Eleanor in action (when not talking on the phone!) you had to see her with the "prayer chicks," otherwise known as her prayer group. We all should have a loving, trusted, faithful, fun and supportive group of friends. Bobbye Crockett, Martha Vopel, Frankie Cook and Brenda Vincent formed quite a group. They gathered for birthdays and other special occasions, took trips and otherwise lifted each other up unceasingly.

For the past year Eleanor lived at Brookdale at Dogwood Creek and her family is very thankful for the loving care she received there.

Visitation is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday March 21, 2017 in the Parlor at Christ United Methodist Church with the funeral to follow in Wilson Chapel. Burial is at Memorial Park Cemetery in Memphis.

Memorials may be made in Eleanor's memory to Christ United Methodist Church.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on Mar. 19, 2017
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