Alice Elizabeth Strom Eaton

Published 9:28 am Monday, August 28, 2017

Alice Elizabeth Strom Eaton, born in Saluda County, S.C., on Oct. 9, 1924 to Robert Pettigrew and Janie Free Strom, died on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017.

She grew up in Ward, S.C., and married John Charles Eaton of Mocksville on Sept. 6, 1952. She graduated as valedictorian from Ward High School and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Limestone College in Gaffney, S.C., where she was elected to Chi Beta Phi Honorary Scientific Fraternity.  A college professor chose this excerpt from literature for her senior yearbook, “She doeth little kindnesses that most would leave undone.” She had many interests and belonged to the American Association of University Women, and served as a Red Cross Hospital and Bloodmobile volunteer. Moving to Winston-Salem in 1949, she joined First Baptist Church where she was an active member, working as a Sunday School Superintendent teacher. A supporter of Old Salem, she worked as a hostess at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts for 36 years. She  worked professionally as a research chemist at Bowman Gray School of Medicine. In recent years she has served on the President’s Advisory Council for Limestone College. Above all things, she loved her family and church.

She was preceded in death by her husband as well as 4 brothers, 6 sisters and a foster sister.

Survivors: 2 sons, John “Jack” Charles Eaton Jr. and wife Susan of Winston-Salem and Robert “Bob” Strom Eaton and wife Wanda Gilliland of Johnson City, Tenn.; 3 grandchildren, Alex Eaton of Almaty, Kazakhstan; Savannah and Robert Eaton Jr. of Johnson City; 2 step-grandchildren, Kelly Lakey and husband Dr. Chad Lakey of Mocksville and Dr. Blake Scott and wife Erin of Winston-Salem; 5 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be from 1-1:45 p.m. with the funeral service at 2 p.m Thursday, Aug. 31 at First Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, officiated by the Rev. Emily Hull McGee and Dr. David Hughes. The graveside service will be at 4 p.m. Thursday in Eaton’s Baptist Church Cemetery in the Cana community of Davie County, with Dr. David Gilbreath assisting.

Memorials: The Television Ministry of First Baptist, 501 West 5th St., Winston-Salem, 27101.