Douglas Wilson Eason, Sr., born July 19, 1933, died of natural causes at home with the family on April 16. Douglas was born and raised in rural Edgecombe County and graduated from South Edgecombe High School in 1951. He excelled in athletics, was the president of the 4H club, showed and judged livestock and competed in judging competitions.
In 1955, he married the love of his life, Dot, whom he met at 4H camp. Douglas attended NC State and earned Bachelors (1956) and Masters (1963) degrees in Animal Industry. During this time, they started a family and lived in Jackson, Williamston and Raleigh, returning to Jackson for more than 60 years. He retired from the NC Extension Service in 1989 after 33 years of service. During this time, you could always count on him to be at the NC State Fair helping with the livestock, judging or exhibits.
Douglas had many interests and hobbies. In the 1980’s he was an avid runner. Back in the day, his favorite past time (which he excelled) was fishing with his buddies, Tug Sumner and his brother-in-law, Bobby Johnson. They enjoyed traveling to casinos with family and friends. During Dot’s decline with Alzheimer’s Disease, he devoted his life to her care. To the end, Douglas kept a sharp mind. He was able to recall detailed stories from his past and actively traded in the stock market. Douglas was also a member of Jackson Baptist Church and served in many capacities through the years.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Proctor Eason, and his parents, Richard and Mary Eason. He is survived by his children, Vickie Eason Prestera, Sandy Hoskins (Bill), Doug (AnaRita) and Brian (Janet), and eight grandchildren (Mackenzie and Morgan Prestera, Jessica Germano (Tony), Westley Hoskins (Stephanie), Travis Eason (Mikayla), Nicolas Eason (Caitlin), Danielle Dapp (Alex) and Alex Eason), and four great-grandchildren (Roxie and Joey Germano , Brooke Eason and Jackson Dapp). He is also survived by his Aunt Ethel Pitt and many cousins.
The family is eternally grateful for those that supported Douglas: Mary Williams for her service, support and friendship, Carla Stephenson for her amazing meals, Charles Stephenson for regular visits and friendship, Doug Wallace, and many other neighbors and friends.
The family will receive friends and at Carlisle Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 from 1 pm until 2 pm.
A Celebration of Douglas’s Life will follow on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 2 :30 PM, graveside in Macclesfield Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Carlisle Funeral Home, Inc., of Tarboro. Online condolences may be directed to the family by visiting www.carlislefuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Alzheimer’s Association (https://www.alz.org/nc) or Jackson Baptist Church (306 N Church St, Jackson, NC 27845).
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