Benjamin Solomon Eaton, 78, met his Savior on Friday, October 17, 2014, following a brief battle with cancer. Ben was born in Tarboro, NC and was raised in Kennedy Baptist Childrenís Home in Kinston, NC. He is now with his Heavenly Father, having lived most of his life without a father.
Ben graduated from Bob Jones University and enlisted in the US Air Force. Together with his wife Martha, they lived many places including their favorite, Alaska. They then settled in Hendersonville. Ben taught school for years at Tuxedo Elementary and Faith Christian Day, also coaching basketball, soccer, and cross country. He retired from Wilsonart.
Ben loved sports and was an avid Duke Fan. He began to run competitively at the age of forty, completing 4 marathons and many shorter races. In his later years, he enjoyed walking the Glassy Mountain at Carl Sandburg estate.
Ben loved food, talking, people and making friends wherever he went. All who knew him will also remember his humor, even to the very end.
Ben is preceded in death by his parents, Walter Solomon Eaton and Ruth Griffin Eaton, a sister Ann Eaton Renn, as well as numerous half brothers and sisters.
Ben is survived by his loving wife of almost 58 years, Martha Young Eaton; his children, Sharon Rhodes (Scott), Robin Eaton, Teresa Capps (Bryan), and Jeff Eaton (Elizabeth); his grandchildren, Amanda Rhodes, Corey Rhodes (Jessica), Dylan Rhodes, Emily Capps, Ian Capps, Bryson Capps, Zeb Penley, and Colin Eaton; his Great-grandchildren, Peyton Rhodes, and he wanted to meet Grayson Rhodes, due later this month. He is also survived by a brother, Grover Clifton Eaton of Temple Texas.
Ben wrote in a courtship letter to Martha that the call of his life was soul-winning, so his last wish would be that everyone reading this join him in Heaven.
A funeral service will be at 2:00 pm Monday, October 20, 2014 at Grace Baptist Church in East Flat Rock, NC. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from noon-2pm Monday at the church.