David Eakes was born to the late Lucian and Lillian Eakes. He grew up in Mt. Juliet with two brothers; Jim and Gary, both who proceeded him in death, and his sister Dorothy, (Dot) Hudson. After school David met Barbara Burdett. They fell in love and married. From this union Cliff and Cristie were born. As a young man David joined the Air Force. This gave him and Barbara the opportunity to live in several places as he was stationed at different Air Force bases. After serving in the Air Force he went to work for DuPont. Later he sold real-estate. Eventually he settled into construction work. A sad time for David was when Barbara passed away. This was a difficult loss for him.
David loved to fish, hunt, be outdoors and work with his hands. He also really enjoyed billiards; watching professionals or playing the game himself. David’s personality was such that his family described him as a cut-up. He enjoyed making his family and close friends laugh. Dot explained that she and their mother were a little gullible and David enjoyed taking advantage of it. He would start into one of his tall tales which they would believe. He would continue until finally he couldn’t contain himself. Eventually he would show his hand with a huge burst of laughter. But he was more than a cut-up, he was also friendly. Even at the funeral home several of his friends all the way back to high school days came by to show their love and respect. His grandson Jordan said his grandfather was sometimes silly, but always loveable. In his carpentry work he was meticulous. He was careful to do the job right the first time.
One of the great decisions David made was a few years ago when he decided to be baptized into Christ. It was October 16, 2012. What a joyous occasion that was. The smiles of family and a church family were radiant. We rejoiced with our Heavenly host.
As family and friends we now find ourselves grieving his passing. It’s good to know that we are not alone. The Psalmist brings great insight and comfort through 139:1 O LORD, You have searched me and known me. 2 You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. 3 You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. 4 For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O LORD, You know it altogether. 5 You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it.
We sometimes sing; “He Knows Just What I Need.” And He does.
David was loved and will be missed. We express our sympathy to his good family. Let’s continue to pray for them. Let us all remember God’s plea to Israel; “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand’” (Isaiah 41:10)
by David Shannon