The Obit For Fred Eason

Fred Eason

Published in The News & Observer on March 13, 2011

Fred Eason, of Youngsville, NC, passed away March 11 at Parkview Retirement Village in Sanford, NC. He was born in Johnston County on March 5, 1920, to Henry Edgar (Tom) and Eloise Eason.

He is survived by his brothers, Kenneth Eason and his wife, Emily Eason, of Sanford, Don Eason and his wife, Charlotte Eason, of Newport News, VA, and his sister Edith Wilkerson, of Jacksonville FL. His brother, Tom Eason, of Durham, predeceased him in 2007.

He is also survived by his son, Jack Eason, of Leasburg NC, daughter, Vicki E. Baylus and her husband, Steve Baylus, of Youngsville NC, son, Ross Eason and his wife, Sherry E. Eason, of Hubert NC, and their children Nicholas Eason, of Clemson, SC, and daughter, Catherine Eason of College Park MD.

Fred grew up in Johnston County and was graduated from Kenly High School in 1935. He attended Wake Forest University on a baseball scholarship and was graduated in 1941. During WW II, he was a Naval Officer in the South and Central Pacific, who skippered PT boats, receiving a Bronze Star and reaching the rank of Lieutenant.

He played professional baseball up through the AAA Level for several years, before and after WW II. He was also a skilled golfer, who competed at, and won, at the club level.

He began his career in education in 1946 as an English teacher and administrator in Raleigh City Schools. In 1949, he went to Elizabeth City as Principal of Elizabeth City High School and stayed through 1960, when he returned to UNC for graduate studies.

He worked for several years in Raleigh on developing the North Carolina system of community colleges and took the position of founding President of Isothermal Community College in Spindale, NC, in 1965, from which he retired in 1978 and subsequently moved to Youngsville.

He is predeceased by his wife, Imogene, of 50 years, in 1994.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory should be made to the Isothermal Community College Library or the ICC Foundation at P.O. Box 804, 286 ICC Loop Road, Spindale, NC 28160.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at Bright Funeral Home, 405 S Main St, Wake Forest, NC.