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
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.