|Birth: ||Dec. 18, 1945, USA|
|Death: ||Jan. 17, 1999|
Robert Eads was an unfailingly good-humored 52-year-old female-to-male transsexual from the back hills of Georgia. Diagnosed with ovarian cancer after having lived as a man for many years, Eads was refused treatment by more than two dozen doctors, who feared his presence in their offices would embarrass and offend other patients.
Southern Comfort, a documentry film by Kate Davis, traces the final year in the life of Robert Eads. This film is a wonderfully humanistic portrait of transgendered life as it is lived deep inside Ku Klux Klan territory in the rural trailer community of Toccoa, Georgia.
Southern Comfort is also the designation of a yearly conference in Atlanta of the transgendered community. Eads was a strong supporter of this gathering; in 1998 Eads made his final appearence at the Southern Comfort conference. He told an audience of 500 during his speech that he made a deal with God to just let him make it to one more Southern Comfort and he could die a happy man. The fellow transgendered members of Eads' Southern Comfort support group looked to him as a patriarch, a father figure all the more wise from his long-term battles with sexual discrimination.
Robert Eads was survived by his parents Joe and Pauline, two sons Doug and Bo, two brothers, Frank and Oogie, a grandson Keegan and his girlfriend, Lola Cola.
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
Plot: Ashes buried on Eads property
Created by: Clinton Hiley
Record added: Dec 27, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 10180079