Jerry Eades was born January 11, 1926 near Center Ridge, Ark. He was the second of eight children born to James Irven and Lula May Barnes Eades. Jerry entered into rest on February 20, 2018 at his home with his family at his side.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Herbert and Warren Eades; and sister, Helen Eades Poppell.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Hardester Eades; two brothers, Windell Eades of Clinton and Tom (Martha) Eades of Center Ridge; two sisters, Mary Lou Jennings and Marie (Glenn) George of Center Ridge; four children, Keith (Cynthia) Eades of Ontario, California, Ann (Michael) Roberson of Heber Springs, Robert (Sylvia) Eades of Bee Branch, and David (Lula) Eades of Heber Springs; six grandchildren, Katie (James) Fenter, Andrew (Maranda) Roberson, Clifton, Mason, Harrison Eades, and Micheal Evans; two great grandchildren, Hilton Andrew Roberson and Eve Elizabeth Kyle; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and wonderful friends and neighbors.
Mr. Eades served as a Water Tender Third Class in a SeaBee unit in the United States Navy during World War II. When he returned from military service, he assisted with the construction of a new home for his parents. He then began working his way through college. He completed a bachelors degree in education from Arkansas State Teachers College (UCA) in Conway, and a masters degree in Industrial Arts at Oklahoma A & M (OSU) in Stillwater. He taught in Maple Creek, California; Sydney, Ark; Alread, Ark; and spent the last 35 years of his teaching career at South Side in Bee Branch. Among his many other duties at South Side, he operated the time clock for home basketball games until his retirement in 1985.
Mr. Eades farmed 265 acres along with his wife and children from the time they moved to their Bee Branch farm in 1960 until he put out his last bale of hay in February 2017. The family undertook a number of farming ventures including okra, cotton, cucumbers and sugar cane, before finally settling on a combination of raising broiler chickens and beef cattle. The Eades family was recognized as Van Buren County Farm Family of the year in 1990, and by Tyson as broiler growers of the year in 1994. Mr. Eades served many years on the board for Van Buren County Farm Bureau, including terms as board president. He was an active member of the Van Buren County Cattlemen’s association. He was a member of the hospital auxiliary of Ozark Health Medical Center in Clinton. He called bingo at the skilled nursing facility for many years on Thursday mornings until he reluctantly resigned from that service two months prior to his 92nd birthday.
Mr. Eades was ordained as a deacon of Pleasant Hill General Baptist church in 1960. He was a faithful member of the Post Oak Grove Presbytery, acting as presbytery clerk from 1973 to 2005. He was a member of the Gideons and visited many area churches as a Gideon lay speaker. He began foreign mission work in 2007 at age 80 when he went to Honduras to serve on a medical mission team. He returned every year thereafter through 2017, for a total of 12 medical missions. He loved Honduras and its people and was never happier than when he was there. The desire of his heart was to go back one more time.
Jerry Eades loved God, his family, his country and his fellow man. Work and serving others were among his highest values. He received his deepest satisfaction when he was able to help someone. He loved to laugh and to make others laugh. He did not give up on any endeavor until long after he probably should have, and saw usefulness and value in things when those around him did not. He did not know the meaning of the words “quit,” “give up,” or “rest.” He often quoted the words of an old hymn, “we’ll work ‘til Jesus comes.” He believed that was the way to live, and he lived just as he believed.
Visitation will be at Roller McNutt in Clinton on Friday, February 23 from 4 to 6 pm. A celebration of life will be conducted at 10 am on Saturday, February 24 at the Fine Arts Center at South Side High School in Bee Branch Arkansas. Burial will follow at Halbrook Cemetery in Center Ridge, Ark. .
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