Eaton Chalkley was a former FBI agent that settled in Carrollton, Georgia, where he ran a used car dealership and invested in real estate.
While on a business trip to Los Angeles, California he met actress Susan Hayward. Susan was swept away by Eatons southern charm and they married on February 8, 1957 in Phoenix, Arizona.
The couple settled on a farm six miles north of Carrollton, where they both lived quietly and ran Chalk-Mar (Chalkley-Marrenner) Farms. Eaton and Susan donated thirteen acres of land adjacent to their farm to help build a Catholic church, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, one of the many local causes in which they became involved.
The death of Eaton Chalkley was the catalyst for the development of the "projected" cemetery site and is on of the main reasons the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cemetery has become what it is today. Eaton was the first person buried in the cemetery near the church which meant so much to them both, and designed the monument for his grave. She landscaped the cemetery and was herself buried there in 1975.
Note from contributor:
I'm so happy I had the opporotunity to place this memorial, for two reasons:
First, As I was growing up, my Mother watched every old movie that came on TV. A time when stars were glamourous and acting was a craft they took pride in doing. My mother was a huge fan of Susan Hayward and admitted that many times in her childhood she tried imitating Hayward's every move; so this lady, this goddess, I admired as well.
Second, if you've read one word about Susan Hayward's life, you know that Eaton Chalkley was a very important chapter in her life. A man who gave her security and reassurance, a man who gave to his community and was the true definition of a Southern gentleman.
I was lucky enough to have a link with Susan Hayward that I never knew until a few years ago. I was classmate of and graduated high school with Susan's grandson. I had no idea this woman that I loved watching on the silver screen, a lady with whom my Mother, as a child, wanted to be like, was his grandmother. After knowing what a humble, outgoing, pleasant guy he was in school, I can't help but imagine how proud he must be, to look up at that screen and know he is a part of this beautiful woman, a legendary actress, and as she termed herself, this "Broad from Brooklyn", and to have a grandmother who is forever immortalized on celluloid for the entire world to admire and enjoy along with him for many ages to come.
My hat is off to you Mr. and Mrs. F.E. Chalkley and the great family you left behind.
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