Alley Eaton Jr.
1930 - 2020
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Alley Eaton, Jr.

Murfreesboro - Alley Wayne Eaton, Jr (AW, Dub) passed away in Murfreesboro, TN, on May 15th, 2020 at the age of 89.

AW is preceded in death by his father and mother, Alley Wayne Eaton, Sr. and Jessie Pearl, his sisters Audrey Arnold (Roy), June Wilson (JB), Mary "Dolly" Lowe, Nancy Eaton, and his brother, Robert "Bobby" Eaton (Mildred).

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Alice Bowman Eaton and his children, Tina Rene Sanford (Brown), and Robert Wayne Eaton (Carol). His brothers, Milan "Pete" Eaton (Joyce) and Larry Eaton (Connie). His grandchildren, Chris Pugh, Dr. Amber Matsuzewski (Steve), Alley Eaton, and Anna Eaton (Charlie). His great grandchildren, Alec Matsuzewski, Clifton Matsuzewski, and Nathan Fultz.

AW was born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on December 18th, 1930. He grew up in the Crescent community, and was a member of the Crescent Church of Christ. He became a song leader at the age of 13, and was a song leader for the rest of his life. He went on to serve in the Church of Christ as an elder, deacon, and Sunday school teacher. AW graduated from Rockvale High School, and went on to attend David Lipscomb University and Middle Tennessee State University. AW served in the United States Army and was stationed in Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He owned Jack's Glass Shop and Eaton and Son Nursery prior to his retirement.

AW was a man of God and believed you should always help others in need. AW loved his family, his church family, the beach, and working outside. He will be remembered as a kind, compassionate, funny, and faithful man.

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Published in The Daily News Journal from May 16 to May 17, 2020.
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May 19, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Roxanne Hutchins
May 18, 2020
Thoughts and prayers for the family. For my 68 years A.W. always had a smile on his face and a song in his heart.
Donald Dill
May 18, 2020
Alice, my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family during this difficult time. AW was a great friend of mine and truly will be missed.
Beatrice Barrett
May 18, 2020
A.W. was good man, it was a pleasure to have known him.

Jim & Judy Lee Green Murfreesboro, Tennessee
James Green
May 17, 2020
His faith, kindness, and acceptance is his legacy and he passed that on to all he touched. He will be sorely missed.
May 16, 2020
I am so sorry about your brother. I know you will miss him so much. Prayers for all of you who loved him. ❤
Sally & Jim Titus
May 16, 2020
You will be missed Uncle Dub...
Milan Eaton
May 16, 2020
Did Mr Eatons parents own a house on Eaton St in Murfreesboro, across from MTSU?
Ann Russell
May 16, 2020
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