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OBIT: Mr. James (Egg) Eastes of the Grant Community


Mr. James (Egg) Eastes

Mr. James (Egg) Eastes ae 68 of the Grant Community was found deceased at his Grant Highway home on Sunday morning June 3, 2018 when fellow church members went by his home to pick him up for church. He was pronounced dead at 10:39 a.m. at the Riverview Regional Medical Center in Carthage.

Eld. Dave Silcox, Mr. Eastes pastor, officiated at the 11 a.m. Thursday morning June 7th funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Garden of the Cross at Smith County Memorial Gardens.

The youngest of six children, Mr. Eastes was born James Carroll Eastes in Lebanon on August 28, 1949 and was the son of the late Marvin Ford Eastes who died April 14, 2005 at the age of 96 and Nellie Gray Hunt Eastes who died April 1, 2001 at the age of 91.

Having never married, Mr. Eastes was a 1967 graduate of Gordonsville High School where he was an outstanding football player having played all four years. He majored in agriculture was voted wittiest in his senior class, played basketball his first three years, was the Halloween king his senior years and also the class secretary. His junior and senior years he was also on the annual staff and a member of the “G” club.

He also was a Golden Gloves Boxing Champion one year.

As a member of the annual staff he wrote of himself: “I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it.”

He was preceded in death by a nephew, Jeremy Ian Eastes, a student at Middle Tennessee State University who was killed in an automobile accident on 231 South on August 12, 2001 at the age of 24.

He stated by statement in 2002 that he had been saved by God’s grace and was baptized into the full fellowship of the Grant Missionary Baptist Church by then pastor Eld. Kenny Hensley. He remained a faithful member until his death.

Mr. Eastes survivors are his five siblings, Garland Eastes and wife Earline of the Grant Community, Bill Eastes of Gordonsville, Mary Katherine Eastes Pope Weatherly of Lebanon, John Eastes and wife Wanda of Winchester, Glen Eastes and wife Janet of Old Hickory, many nieces and nephews.

The Eastes family requested memorials to the Grant Missionary Baptist Church.