Mr. Thomas E. Eaton, 79, a native and resident of McMinnville passed away Tuesday, January 8, 2002 at NHC Healthcare in McMinnville, following a short illness.

Services for Mr. Eaton were held on Thursday, January 10, 2002 at High’s Chapel with interment following in Viola Cemetery. Bro. Kevin Deason officiated.

Mr. Eaton was born on July 23, 1922 to parents; Clyde and Ruby Justice Eaton. He was a retired horse trainer with the Tennessee Walking Horses, a member of the Church of Christ and a veteran in WWII serving in the US Army. Mr. Eaton was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Frances Hobbs.

Mr. Eaton is survived by his wife, May Dunn Eaton of McMinnville, 2 sons: Larry Lynn Eaton of Smithville, Arling Eaton of Clarksville, one brother and sister in law; James and Eloise Eaton of McMinnville, 3 sisters and brothers in laws: Dorothy Swann of Viola, Sarah and Asa Kell, Shirley and Jerry Bost all of McMinnville, grandchildren: Hugh, Chad, Clayton and Elizabeth Eaton.