- January 14, 2017
- Fort Wayne, Indiana
of Roy's Passing
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“Roy and his family were a major signpost in our family's history. An amazing pastor with a loving family who pointed us in the way of Jesus and...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: A friend
“Our loss, and Heaven's gain.Roy was our pastor long enough to leave not only a lasting memory but also an inspiration. We were so thankful that he...Read More »
2 of 19 | Posted by: Tim & Elaiine Cole - Chesterton, IN
“Suzanne, We are so sorry to hear about your father. You have been and will continue to be in our prayers. Praying that God will wrap you in...Read More »
3 of 19 | Posted by: Becky & Darrel Heisler - Newburgh, IN
“Great person, compassionate minister and friend. The world a better place because of his life.
4 of 19 | Posted by: Robert Dygert-gearheart - Ashland, OR
“I liked Roy and will miss him. So sorry he's passed.
5 of 19 | Posted by: Rebecca Wieser - Fort Wayne, IN
“Our prayers are for the family in this time of loss & sorrow. From son & daughter & spouses of Cleve Greer, elder son of Delmar & Ruby Greer
6 of 19 | Posted by: Mary Sue Greer Hall - Madison, MS
“Sorry for your loss. My husband, Dan Love served in Marion as a lay speaker then as a pastor. Roy was a wonderful man of God.
7 of 19 | Posted by: Shirley Love - Marion, IN
“My deepest sympathy to all 3 daughters and family. I knew Pastor Roy as a member of First Wayne Street UMC and always enjoyed hearing him preach. He...Read More »
8 of 19 | Posted by: Karla Hofherr - Fort Wayne, IN
“We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayer are with you. May God bless you all..
9 of 19 | Posted by: Mike and Cheryl Oliphant - MS
“"Brother Eaton" was a favorite pastor of our family in Centreville, Mississippi. My father had mentioned that he would like to have Roy preach at his...Read More »
10 of 19 | Posted by: Henry Ash - St Simons Island, GA
“Roy was such a positive influence to the youth in our Centreville, MS Methodist Church. He and Helen spent many hours "leading" us. He was missed...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: Sarah Ash - Sandy Springs, GA
“So sorry about my cousin's death. He and I were born the same year and spent a lot of time together, despite the fact that he went to Millsaps and I...Read More »
12 of 19 | Posted by: Pauline Corban - Pearl, MS
“Our sympathies to Roy's family.Mike and Julie Carr
13 of 19 | Posted by: Mike and Julie Carr - Fort Wayne, IN
“Roy was a fine man and the light of God shown in his face. It was such a pleasure to get to talk with him. Being a neighbor in Arlington Park and...Read More »
14 of 19 | Posted by: Rosemary Warfel Mace - Bradenton, FL
“Special memories of the years Roy and Helen, and the daughters, served our little Methodist church in Centreville, MS. God bless each of you, and...Read More »
15 of 19 | Posted by: Ann Ash Moore - Centreville, MS
“Roy was a good and trusted friend and colleague. We were classmates at Millsaps and Emory. I am sorry to learn of his death. May God richly bless...Read More »
16 of 19 | Posted by: Roy Ryan - Tupelo, MS - Classmate
“Roy was a good colleague and friend. He will be missed.
17 of 19 | Posted by: Michael Coyner - Indianapolis, IN
“Roy was like a 2nd father to me. He was an amazing friend to my parents (Pat & Glenn Bogel) and just a wonderful human being. He will be missed by so...Read More »
18 of 19 | Posted by: Beth Frank - Tulsa, OK
“To Family of Roy:I am deeply sorry to learn of my friend Roy's passing. Roy and I have served in North Indiana for years togethr. He followed me at...Read More »
19 of 19 | Posted by: Dean Stuckey - Washington, IN
Roy Andrew Eaton passed away peacefully on Saturday January 14, 2017 at his home in Ft. Wayne, IN. He was 85. Roy was born on March 1, 1931 in Port Gibson, MS to Andrew Henry Eaton and Winnie Greer Eaton. He graduated from Port Gibson High School and Millsaps College in Mississippi, received his Divinity Degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta GA, and a Master Degree of Evangelism form Scarritt College in Nashville, TN. Roy served as a student pastor while at Millsaps and Emory. After returning from Emory he became a member of the Mississippi Methodist Conference where he served at Jackson Street in Brookhaven, Centreville Methodist Church and Richton Methodist Church. In 1968 he transferred to the Northern Indiana United Methodist Conference where he served First Wayne Street in Ft. Wayne, Faith in South Bend and First Church Chesterton. In 1989 he was appointed District Superintendent of the Marion District. Roy also served as a member of the Mississippi and Indiana Army National Guards where he obtained the rank of Major. In his capacity as Chaplain he ministered to many service personnel during the Vietnam War as well as officiated over (too) many Service Men's funerals. Roy was a faithful servant of Christ and a lover of God's creation taking many Church Youth groups on backpacking and camping trips. In addition, he led his family on many camping trips seeing all of North America while his daughters were home. In later life he traveled extensively with his wife throughout Europe, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the British Isles. In addition to his parents, Roy was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years Helen Lewis Eaton, brother George Harris Eaton and son-in-law William P Hayes. Roy is survived by his wife Christine Fortenberry Eaton, daughters Suzanne McCool (Joseph) of Evansville, IN, Belinda Hayes of Warsaw, IN, Elizabeth Waller of Memphis, TN; Grandchildren Hunter Stover of Plainfield, IN , Alexandria McCool Wepfer (Joseph) of Clarksville, TN, Katherine Waller Frulla (Jeremy) of Memphis, TN, Abigail Stover of Indianapolis, IN, Margaret McCool (Corey Williams) of Raleigh, NC, Cameron Waller of Memphis, TN and Molly Stover of Bloomington, IN; three great-grandchildren Greer, Malcolm and Harris; Sisters Mary Ann Wade of Seminary, MS and Marie Logan (Ken) of Jackson, MS; step-daughters Jane Gonzalez of New York, NY, Sally North of Jackson, MS and Ann Taylor of Jackson, MS; along with many beloved nieces, nephews cousins and friends. The family would like to express their whole hearted appreciation to Heartland Hospice Care of Ft. Wayne and Camellia Hospice of Columbia, MS for the compassionate care they extended during his battle with pancreatic cancer. Funeral service is 11am Saturday January 21, 2017 at First Wayne Street United Methodist Church, 300 E. Wayne Street with visitation one hour prior and Rev. Gregory Enstrom officiating. Visitation is also Friday, January 20, 2017 from 3pm to 7pm at First Wayne Street United Methodist. Interment will be at Lindenwood Cemetery Ft. Wayne, IN Memorials may be sent to First Wayne Street designated for youth camping ministries. Arrangements are being handled by DO McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home 1320 E Dupont Rd. Ft. Wayne, IN. To sign the online guest book, go to www.domccombandsons.com.