|Birth: ||Aug. 23, 1938|
|Death: ||Dec. 14, 2012|
Donald Ray "Don" Eaton, departed this life and entered into eternal peace on Friday, December 14th, 2012.
He was born at Bobtown, Kentucky on August 23rd, 1938. He was the youngest child of seven children born to James Luther Eaton and Mary Zula Ping Eaton. He attended grade school at Bobtown and graduated from Pulaski County High School in 1956. He attended Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio and Elgin Community College in Elgin, Illinois, in night classes while employed at McCalls.
In 1956 Don moved to Dayton, Ohio where he was employed by the McCall Corporation. He became an agent for State Farm Insurance Company in Dayton, Ohio. After a brief time with State Farm Don returned to McCalls. In 1967 Don was promoted to the position of Assistant Manager of McCalls Fashion Pattern Division in Toronto, Canada. In 1968 he became Manager of McCalls Chicago Brand Distribution Center in Chicago, Illinois. In 1969 he became Operations Manager of the McCall Pattern Company in Manhattan, Kansas. In 1970 Don left McCalls and moved back to Somerset where he became a partner with his brother-in-law, Ray Abbott, in a building business known as Abbott and Eaton Builders. He left this partnership to go to work for Cumberland Furniture Company as a general foreman. This business closed and was merged with Cumberland Wood & Chair Corporation. Don left this Company in 1972 and with J. Kenneth Presley, Doug Burton, and Doyle Burton co-founded Cumberland Appliance Center. Later Don bought Burton's shares and he and his children became sole owners of this business. Don bought Perry's TV & Appliance in downtown Somerset upon the death of the owner Robert Perry, and operated that business as Eaton's TV & Appliance. He moved that business from downtown to Highway 27 in 1984 to the building now occupied by the 911 dispatch center. This business was later closed and merged with Cumberland Appliance Center, Inc.
Don returned to Cumberland Wood & Chair Corp. as Production Coordinator in 1980. He was elected to the board of this corporation and eventually became operation manager before leaving the company after it was sold to Karel of Cumberland, Chicago, Illinois.
Don was a charter member of Beacon Hill Baptist Church where he had served as Church Clerk, Trustee, Chairman of the committee to write the Churches constitution & by laws, Sunday School Dept. Director, Teacher, Usher and various other committees. He was currently a member of First Baptist Church in Somerset, Kentucky.
Don married Ada Maxine Evans on May 28th, 1960 on the same day that Ada graduated from High School at Pulaski County. Their first child, Dale Wayne was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1962. Their second child, Gary Scott was born in Elgin, Illinois in 1968 and their third child, Sandi Gail was born in 1971 in Somerset, Kentucky.
They have three grandchildren, Tyler Ray Johnson, Maci Kathleen Eaton, and Victoria Blair Eaton. Don was survived by his loving wife, three children, a daughter-in-law. Kimberly Joyce Eaton, three grandchildren, three sisters, Glytus Abbott (and Ray), Christene Epperson (and Edgar), and Faye Jones all of Somerset, Kentucky, two sister-in-laws Doris Eaton of Bagdad, Kentucky and Iva Dean Eaton of the Bronston/Quinton Community.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Orvin "Bud" Eaton and Luther Vernon Eaton, one sister, Geneva Ping and three brother-in-laws, Roy Ping, Arlie "Tom" Jones and Don Evans.
Visitations were held after 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 16th, 2012 at the Pulaski Funeral Home in Somerset, Kentucky.
Funeral services were held on Monday, December 17th, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Pulaski Funeral Home with Dr. French Harmon officiating.
Burial followed in the Eden Cemetery in Somerset, Kentucky.
THIS IS A TRIBUTE IN MEMORY OF DON,
If you could see me now you wouldn't shed a tear, Though you may not understand why I'm no longer there. Remember my spirit, that is the real me because I'm still very much alive, I've just been set free. Oh, if you could only see!
I have held our Father's face and I've touched my Savior's hand. All of Heaven's angels rejoiced as I entered the promised land. Beyond the gates of pearl I've walked on the golden streets.
I've touched the walls of jasper and dipped my foot in the crystal sea. The beauty is beyond words and nothing could compare, I've even seen our Lords mansion and someday I'll meet you there. Let Jesus be your guide because "His Word" will show you the way. So please don't cry because we will meet again someday.
James Luther Eaton (1902 - 1966)
Mary Zula Ping Eaton (1901 - 1968)
Geneva Eaton Ping (1922 - 2001)*
Norma Kathleen Eaton Monroe (1929 - 2013)*
Luther Vernon Eaton (1933 - 2011)*
Donald Ray Eaton (1938 - 2012)
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Record added: Dec 16, 2012
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