John Sumner Eakes, Jr.February 6, 1921 ~ February 23, 2017 (age 96)
Mr. John Sumner Eakes, Jr., 96, of 103 Foxcroft Court passed away on Thursday evening, February 23, 2017 at Southwood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.
Born on February 6, 1921 in Pitt County, North Carolina, Sumner was the son of the late John Sumner Eakes, Sr. and Glennie Kendall Eakes. His family moved to Sampson County in 1935 where he attended Clinton City Schools. He attended one year at North Carolina State University before enlisting into the United States Navy. He started his career working in the banking industry in 1946, retiring from First Citizens Bank in February 1989. Sumner was a member of the Rotary Club, Mayor Pro Tem of Clinton and served on the Clinton City Council. He was a very active member of First Baptist Church of Clinton, having served numerous terms as a member and Chairman of the Board of Deacons and as a member of many church committees. He was a highly respected member of the community, his church and will be missed by all who knew him – especially his family.
Sumner is survived by his three daughters: Beth E. Turner (Lynn) of Cary; Adrianne E. Balmer (Mearl) of N. Prince George, Virginia; Mary Glen E. Brewer (Jim) of Williamsburg, Virginia; and his brother, Eugene Kendall Eakes of Virginia Beach, Virginia. He was also blessed with three grandchildren: Erica Balmer Hanchey (Jason), Rena Balmer Stiltoner (Ryan), Carrie Brewer Dolan (Chris); and five great-grandchildren: Grayson, Finley Sumner, Ronen, Reily and Carter.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Eloise Hobbs Eakes and a sister, Genevieve E. Stuart.
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the entire staff of Southwood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center for their kindness and compassionate care.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Bricks Campaign, 408 College St., Clinton, NC 28328; or Sampson County Community College, SCC Foundation: PO Box 318, Clinton, NC 28329.
Royal-Hall is honored to serve the Eakes Family.