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Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home

211 West Ave B, Copperas Cove, TX

OBITUARY

Joe H Eaves

March 5, 1931February 28, 2020
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Obituary for Joe Herbert Eaves March 5, 1931-February 28, 2020

It is with great sadness, but significant love, that the family of Joe Herbert Eaves, of Copperas Cove, Texas announces his passing on February 28, 2020, at the age of 88. He was born in Charlotte, North Carolina to Herbert Eaves and Daisy Brown Eaves on March 5, 1931. He was one of 11 children (John, Eugene, Mattie Lou, James, Julia, William, Mildred, Vernice, Ruby and Lola) of whom he was the last surviving sibling. Joe enlisted in the United States Army in 1948, but because he was underage and had not yet finished high school, his mother had to sign for him to enlist. He then earned his GED while in the Army. Joe was a proud veteran of the Korean War and the Vietnam War where he served two tours and earned a Purple Heart for his valor on the battlefield. He retired after 23 years with the military as a SSgt. while stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, and went on to serve briefly with the Killeen Police Department and then 14 years with the Texas Department of Corrections. He also completed some course work under the G.I. Bill at Central Texas University. In 1957, while he was serving with the military in the Republic of Panama, he met Katherine Dorothy Quinlan who was the eldest of 10 children. With his love, Dorothy, he had 4 children: Danille Dillon (Kevin), Angela Eaves, Lance Eaves, and Sean Eaves (Jason). They were happily married for 52 years before she predeceased him in 2009. Joe was also a proud grandfather of Kevin McConaughey, Jr. (Tara), and 2 great grandchildren, Olivia and Cove.

Joe loved watching western movies, court television, and wrestling, and enjoyed regaling family and friends with many stories of his experiences in the army and the correctional system. He was also a proud congregant of Holy Family Catholic Church in Copperas Cove where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Joe supported many organizations, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

In addition to his immediate family, Joe is also lovingly remembered by a host of friends and family members all across the country, especially his nephew, Turner Sumpter, Jr.

Joe will be celebrated by a viewing at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Copperas Cove, Texas on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., followed by a mass celebrated on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church. Following the funeral mass, he will be laid to rest with full military honors at 3:00 p.m. at the Central Texas Veterans Cemetery where his wife, Dorothy, will be interred with him.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, March 10, 2020
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, March 11, 2020
  • Burial with Military Honors Wednesday, March 11, 2020

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Marva Gordon

March 11, 2020

You have my sincere condolences. May God give the family the strength to move forward and may Joe Rest In Peace.

Carlos & Denise Aguilar

March 9, 2020

We want to express our sympathy and let you know our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Kathy Wells Bullara

March 9, 2020

My sincere sympathy to the family. May he rest in heavenly peace.

Kristina Williams

March 6, 2020

So very sad for your family.
I want share one of my favorite memories about your dad. When he would usher at church he always filled my hand with butterscotch mints. Made my day. Hugs

Great-Niece Tracy Russell

March 6, 2020

To my loving Eaves Family,

I wish I could be there with you all, to celebrate his transition to Heaven.

Uncle Sonny is rejoicing in heaven with the love of his life, all his siblings, parents and grandparents. He will be forever missed. 😪The pictures will help us to remember him in wonderful way. Tears will fall, your heart will ache; just know God is with you all. ❤

Love,
Niece/Cousins Tracy, Ramah, and Cameron
Charlotte, NC

Krystal Alves

March 6, 2020

Dear Angela and Eves Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. May the memories you have of your father give you peace as you prepare to celebrate his abundant life.
Krystal ALVES

Susan Reeves

March 4, 2020

I am so sorry for the loss of your father. I knew your mother from the Ladies Society at Holy Family, and would see her and your father at church. You were blessed to have two wonderful parents.

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