E. J. Eaton (Corrected)
Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010 4:02 pm
E. J. Eaton, 73, of Martin, died Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010.
Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, Martin with Rev. Randy Cooper and Rev. Bill Tate officiating with Williams Funeral Home of Greenfield in charge of the arrangements.
Mike Atkins, Mike Barnett, John Bucy, Jim Cannon, Sherrill Carroll, Dan Garner, Jerry Gresham, Mike Hernon, Jerry Lacy, Ed Lanning, Craig Marsh, Bob Mollhoff, Warren Nanney and members of the Memory Makers Band served as honorary pallbearers.
Eaton was born May 30, 1937 in Storm Lake, Iowa, son of the late Wendell L. and Zelda Schwartz Eaton. He was a Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Tennessee at Martin, received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and a Master of Music Performance degree from Boston University. Eaton was a trombonist and taught low brass, music education, and supervised student teachers for 35 years at UTM. He directed the UTM Jazz Band and was a member of the Jackson Symphony for many years. He was also director of the Instant Replay Band and a member of the Memory Makers Band. He received the Outstanding Advisor Award and was named the Outstanding Professor of the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and directed the Adult Handbell Choir, the Joy Ringers.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Beverly Mollhoff Eaton of Martin; one son and daughter-in-law, Drs. Todd and Allison Eaton of Dandridge; one daughter and son-in-law, Dr. Heather Eaton-Erskine and Tim Erskine of Charlotte, N.C.; and two grandsons, Carson and Douglas Eaton of Dandridge.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial contributions be made to the UTM Department of Music or the First United Methodist Church Music Fund.
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