Harold L Eatman

December 22, 1915July 6, 2018
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Harold Lee Eatman passed away on 6 July 2018, peacefully at home at the age of 102.

Harold was born 22 December 1915 in Atlanta to Jamie Eatman and Estelle Green Eatman-Hudgins. Harold was also the step son of George R. Hudgins. Harold served in the Army from July 1936 to September 1938 then again during WWII from October 1942 until September 1945 with the 82nd Airborne Division during which time he participated in four combat jumps and earned a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart and the French Legion of Honor.

Harold continued to serve in the Army Reburial Program for two more years, escorting fallen Americans home after the War. Harold retired from the Army Reserves in December 1975.

He is survived by daughter Leilani Eatman Kelley of Matthews NC; two grandsons John L. Kelley and wife Patti of Myrtle Beach, SC and Michael T. Kelley and wife Lisa of Charlotte NC; granddaughter Karen Epps Boyd of Matthews, NC; seven great grandchildren Joseph, Miranda and husband Chris, Matthew and wife Madison, Meredith Rachel, Shellene, Danny and MaryElizabeth; eight great grandchildren Charlie, Charlotte, Teagan, Ally, Connor, Saqqara, Eva and Gracie. Harold is also survived by two brothers Ronnie Hudgins of Louisville, NC and Bobbie Eatman of Raleigh, NC along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Harold is predeceased by his wife Billie DeBerry Eatman, sisters Lila Eatman Gantt Graham, Mildred Eatman McCall and Ruth Hudgins Reynolds; brothers Ray Eatman, Robert Eatman, Tommy Hudgins, Johnnie Hudgins and Jerry Hudgins.

The family will hold a visitation on Tuesday, July 10th from 6:30-8:30pm at McEwen Funeral Service at 5716 Monroe Road in Charlotte. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, July 11 at 10am at the Cathedral of St. Patrick located at 1621 Dilworth Road East in Dilworth. Condolences may be left for the family at


  • Visitation Tuesday, July 10, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, July 11, 2018
  • Committal Service Wednesday, July 11, 2018

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Leslie Palmer Cruise Jr

October 20, 2018

Cpl. Eatman was as I knew him, in Quorn England, and in Normandy , Holland, and Belgium and later in the 505 rct. I mentioned him in "my35 days in Normandy" posted on "6juin1944" site by Patrick Elie since 2002. We met at several 505 reunions, and I enjoyed meeting his wife Billie on those occasions. He was always an example to the new troopers added to H Company 505 during the war and I was a recipient of his concerns . I pray that he was received by the Lord last October'

Les Cruise veteran of H 505

Marie Eatman Bruce

July 13, 2018

What a sweet Uncle he was to all us cousins !!! Worked for Eastern Airlines...drove a cute MG.... beautiful wife, Aunt Billie.
Super sense of Humor! Proud of his grandchildren! We were all Honored to know Uncle Harold. A very Heroic Warrior, and Gentleman!

Michael Eaton

July 11, 2018

You were one of the great of the greatest! All of Europe owes its freedom to men like you. Indeed the world is a better place because of your actions and bravery. From one veteran to another I salute you and thank you for your service. RIP soldier, we will carry on from here.

Diane Seaman

July 11, 2018

As a young family and members of St. Patrick's 40 years ago, Mr. Eastman has left all of us, my husband John and all three of our now grown children, fond memories of his

Art Napolitano

July 11, 2018

Thank you for your service to our country. Your bravery under fire and your commitment to
preserving our freedoms will be remembered always. You were truly one of THE GREATEST GENERATION. Rest In Peace Soldier. Well done.
Art Napolitano
Sgt. US ARMY Field Artillery
Past Commander
Watertown, MA


July 11, 2018

Thank you Mr. Eatman for your unselfish service to our beloved country. Men like you are my heroes and inspire me to be the best I can be. Tell Jesus hello for me as I know you are walking in a glorious place now.


July 11, 2018

Thank you for your service Mr. Eatman - Godspeed ...

Robert Clary

July 11, 2018

Thank you so much for your service to our country. You and your fellow soldiers are true heroes. My father was also a WWII veteran and I miss him everyday. Future generations of Americans could be better served if they would emulate the quiet humility and self-sacrifice of Mr. Eatman and those whom he served with.

Charles E. Cannon Jr. (and family)

July 10, 2018

Thank you for your service Sir
Rest in peace


July 10, 2018

Rest Trooper, you earned it. It was an honor to read your story, I salute your service.