Willard Eaton © Enid News and Eagle 02-1983 Submitted by: Jo Aguirre
Cherokee – The funeral for the Rev. Willard "Bill" Eaton, 77, who died Sunday in a Cherokee nursing home, will be at 2 PM Wednesday in the First United Methodist Church of Cherokee.
The Rev. Delos Welsh and Dr. William R. Chace will officiate at the rites. Burial will be in the Cherokee Municipal Cemetery, with arrangements under the direction of the Goodwin Funeral Home.
Eaton was born April 23, 1895, at Amorita where his father staked a claim at the opening of the Cherokee Strip, and grew up in the Methodist Parsonage while his father was a minister.
Eaton farmed and served in the U. S. Army during World War I, spending a year of that time in France.
He and Ethel Grigsby were married near Cherokee in 1921 and he was ordained a Methodist minister in 1941. He was also a deacon and and elder.
Eaton had served churches at Watts Bethel, Fort Carson, Cookson, Cameron, Muldrow, Vici, Camargo, Fairland and Weleeka before retiring in 1960.
He is survived by his wife Ethel of the home; two sons, Harry Franklin Eaton, Hemet, California, and R. Virgil Eaton, Charleston, Missouri; two daughters, Effie A. Hartley, Boise, Idaho, and Ruth E. Ellyson, Cashion; 12 grandchildren; nine great – grandchildren; two sisters, Edna Gerber Scott, Cherokee, and Fannie Murray, Midwest City. He was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.
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