Walter Leon Eaton

Published 9:39 am Sunday, July 26, 2015

Mr. Walter Leon Eaton, 90, of Mocksville, died Friday, July 24, 2015, at Gordon Hospice House in Statesville.

He was born June 12, 1925, in Davie County to the late Carl W. and Lillace Bowles Eaton. Mr. Eaton was a veteran of the U.S. Navy having served during World War II. He was the vice president of Eaton Funeral Home, Inc. Following his retirement, he spent much of his time involved with Meals-On-Wheels and other community service.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Mildred Whitener Eaton; and his brother, N. Wayne Eaton.

Survivors: 3 sons, Michael Eaton (Lorrie) Hickory, Steve Eaton (Carol) of Yadkinville and Jeff Eaton (Ann) of Mocksville; 5 grandchildren, Christopher Eaton (Natassia), Eric Eaton (Amber), Carla Bernia (Jeff), Zach Eaton (Jordan) and Ally Eaton; 4 great-grandsons, Lachlan Bernia, Cooper Eaton, Jasper Bernia and Walker Eaton; 4 sister-in-laws, Annie Lapish, Sarah Hartline, Frances Whitener and Mary Louise Whitener; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was conducted at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 26 at Eaton Funeral Chapel with the Rev. A. Shane Nixon and Dr. David Gilbreath officiating. Burial followed in Rose Cemetery.  The family received friends Saturday, July 25 at the funeral home.

Memorials: Gordon Hospice House, 2341 Simonton Road, Statesville,   28625; or First Baptist Building Fund, 412 N. Main St., Mocksville.