Marlin Eater, 93, of Mt. Vernon, passed away peacefully at 4:30 p.m.. on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at Mt. Vernon Health Care Center in Mt. Vernon. His kind and generous spirit will be missed.
He was born Tuesday, Feb. 10, 1920, to James Jonas and Mary Jane (Pace) Eater. He was the grandson of John W. and Mary Eliza (Piper) Eater and William H. and Cassie Anna (Harvey) Pace. On May 17, 1943, he married Nelda Draege in New York. Their wedding pictures were featured in Life Magazine with a sequel on their 10th anniversary. She preceded him in death on Oct. 8, 2007.
Funeral services were held 1 p.m. Monday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon with the Rev. Alan Smith officiating. Interment was at Old Shiloh Cemetery in Jefferson County where he had served for many years. Members Mt. Vernon American Legion Post 141 conducted a flag presentation at the cemetery.
Visitation was held from noon until the time of services at 1 p.m. on Monday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon.
Surviving family members include two daughters, Janice Cherry and husband John and Becky Irvin and husband Roger, all of Mt. Vernon; grandchildren, Jadie Thomas and husband David of Brentwood, Tenn., Ryan Irvin and wife Nicole of Bartlett, Tenn., and Todd Irvin of Pontoon Beach; step grandchildren, Matt Cherry and wife Kristen and Rhonda Vessell and husband Jerry, all of Brentwood, Tenn.; great-grandchildren, Torin Eliza and Parker Marlin Thomas, Savannah Vessell, Dalton and Kayce Irvin, and Sabrina Cherry, all of Brentwood, Tenn.; a brother, Arthur Eater and wife Bonnadine of Willow Springs, N.C.; a sister-in-law, Bernice Breeze and a brother-in-law, Bob Draege, both of Mt. Vernon; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents; wife, Nelda Mae (Draege) Eater; sister, Mildred Eater; brothers and sisters-in-law, Keith and Gertie Eater and Olen and Edith Eater; sister-in-law Jean Draege; brother-in-Law, Verne Breeze; and step grandson, Rodney Irvin.