MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 16 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mrs. Eakes, 97, of Mt. Juliet.
A lifelong resident of the Suggs Creek Community, she died Sept. 13, 2011.
Mrs. Eakes was a member of Suggs Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church for over 80 years and served as a room mother for 12 years.
She was employed for over 30 years by the State of Tennessee in the Title Division. Mrs. Eakes and her late husband were among the organizers of the Suggs Creek Saddle Club and she was an officer of the club and served in many support capacities.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Murray Wilson Eakes, who fought valiantly in the Italian Campaign of World War II, taking part in the landings at Anzio Beach.
Mrs. Eakes was also preceded by her parents, Joe Davis and Maud May; her brothers, J. D. and Roy May; and sisters, Belle Smith and Jessie Harkreader.
Visitation will be Friday, Sept. 16 from 9 - 11 a.m.
Services will be conducted by Brother Chuck Groover. Interment will follow at the Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens
Survivors include: son Donnie and his wife, Linda McCorkle Eakes; grandchildren Donald Mark (Robin) Eakes, Charles Gregory Eakes and Melinda Eakes (Kenneth) Mace; great-grandchildren Denise (Nathan) Ferrell, John Robert (Jessica) Eakes, Lesley-Anne Eakes, Jessica Mace (Mitch) Cunningham and Katlin Deanne Eakes; and great-great-grandchildren Justin Ferrell, Maci Ferrell, and Mason Cunningham.
Pallbearers include: Mark, Greg and John Robert Eakes, Kenneth Mace, Mitch Cunningham, Nathan and Justin Ferrell, Jeff May and Larry Nixon.
The family especially wants to thank the caregivers at Mt. Juliet Nursing and Rehab who have provided not only compassionate care but also friendship to Mrs. Eakes and her family during the last four years of her life. There are truly angels among us.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.