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1010 S. White Street
P.O. Box 99
ATHENS, TN 37371-0099
Phone: 423-745-3013
Fax: 423-745-7733
LeRoy Eaton

LeRoy Harrison Eaton

Sunday, February 12th, 1939 - Monday, December 14th, 2020
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LeRoy Harrison (Jelly Bean) Eaton, 81, of Englewood, passed away on Monday, December 14, 2020 at his home.
He was a lifelong resident of McMinn County and was a son of the late Ernest (Ernie) and Ellie Fain Eaton. He was also preceded in death by brothers, Arnold and Emerson Eaton, and sister Ida Mae Rhinehart.
He was a lifelong member of Manilla Chapel Baptist Church, where he was ordained as a deacon June 26, 1977. He was chairman of the deacon board, song leader, and adult Sunday school teacher. He was retired from Mayfield Dairy as a transport driver. He was owner of McMinn Stripping and Refinishing. and served in the U.S. Army 278th Regimen from 1954-1964.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Velma Riggs Eaton; daughters and sons-in-law, Rhonda & Eric White and Amanda & Mike McDowell all of Englewood; sons and daughters-in-law, Harold and Wendy Eaton , Larry and Melissa Eaton, and Darryl Eaton . Grandkids, Cayci & Wayne Hicks, Jr, Colby, & Tangie Eaton, Nick & Chelsea Eaton, Michael Eaton, LeeAnn Eaton, Nathan & Leslie McDowell, Kayla McDowell, and David Bull; Great-grandkids: Maddy & Hallie Hicks, Rhett & Beau Eaton, Lyric & Bryndie Eaton, Liam Eaton; brother and sister-in-law, Amos & Alma Eaton; sister and brother-in-law, Edna and Raymond Wilburn; brothers and sisters -in-law, Jerry & Patsy Riggs, Gary & Carolyn Cooper, and Jackie Cooper. Host of nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be conducted, 1:00 pm, Monday, December 21st in the chapel of Smith Funeral Home with Jerry (Bubba) Stephens and Rev. Greg Watson officiating. Interment will follow in Fain Family Cemetery. The family will receive friends from5:00-7:00 pm, Sunday, December 20th at the funeral home.
By adhering to the guidelines by the CDC and the governor's office for services, you are asked to continue wearing masks and social distance. If you are sick, feel sick or are quarantined, please stay at home.
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    Sunday, December 20th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Sunday, December 20th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Smith Funeral & Cremation Service of Athens
    1010 S. White Street
    ATHENS, TN 37303
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    Monday, December 21st, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Monday, December 21st, 2020 1:00pm
    Smith Funeral Home
    1010 South White Street
    ATHENS, TN 37303
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