Bill Farley Eason

Bill Farley Eason

Suffolk, VA
10.18.1932 - 06.15.2019
Served in the
Air Force

Bill Farley Eason, 86, went to be with the Lord on June 15, 2019. He was the son of the late Ruby P and Raymond F. Eason.

Bill was a 1952 graduate of Suffolk High School where he played football, baseball, and ran track. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1952, served four years in the Korean Conflict and was discharged in 1956 as a Staff Sergeant. Bill retired from Birdsong Peanut Co. after 26 years and worked for R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home for 15 years. Bill has been a member of First Baptist Church since 1945.

He is survived by his loving wife Ann Benton Eason, his four children Kathy Brinkley and husband Billy of Zuni, VA, son Rock Eason and wife Susan of Suffolk, Lori Bess and husband Chris of Suffolk, and Gayle Speed and husband Jake of Smithfield VA; eight grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

A funeral service will be conducted on June 19, 2019 at 1PM at First Baptist Church, 237 N. Main Street, Suffolk. The family will receive friends in the R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 from 6 to 7:30 PM.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Condolences may be registered at

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First Baptist Church
237 N. Main Street
Suffolk, VA 23434
United States

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R.W. Baker & Company Funeral Home
509 W Washington St
Suffolk, VA 23434
United States


Bill will be missed. He was a good guy to work with at the funeral home.

Larry Stafford

What a precious man Mr. Eason was. I worked with him for a short time at Baker Foster Funeral home. My heart hurts for your family but I know that when Bill entered into Jesus' presence. he was greeting with 'welcome, good and faithful servant.'

Holly Anderson

Our sincere sympathy to Ann, Rock, and the entire family.
Bill was a special man who I was blessed to have known, and worked with, at R. W. Baker Funeral Home. I do not believe Bill ever met a stranger, because he always greeted everyone as a friend. I will never forget his kindness to me at R. W. Baker Funeral Home.
Paul and I both send our prayers to the Eason family during this time of deep loss.

Emily Park Payne / James Paul Payne

I came to be friends with him because of my parents-my mother,Joan Noel, went to school with him.
Every time I saw him, he had that big smile and a hug for each other. He was genuine! He will be missed by many.

Pamela Noel Oliver

I am at lost for words!!! Who will I talk Virginia with!! All last year doing basketball season we talked trash to each! He was always smiling and loved his North Carolina!! I am so blessed that I could call him friend. To his family I am positive he’s sitting at the saviors feet. He was a great Husband , Father, Granddad, and a wonderful friend to everyone he meet. Have many memories of him umpiring at Wellons he always give Williams Distributing a hard time! My Dad “Tink” loved ever minute. Keep the memories close to your heart and when your sad think of all the people he has touched with his kindness!!! See you again my Tarheel friend!

Phyllis Hedgepeth

Dear Ann, Rock, and Family,
On behalf of the City of Suffolk Treasurer's Office, I want to extend to your entire family our sincerest sympathy on the loss of Bill. It was a pleasure to know him and be in his company. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
Ronald H. Williams, City Treasurer and Office Staff

Ronald H. Williams

I, like so many others, have such fond memories of Bill throughout my years in Suffolk as well as in the times when I’d go back to visit. To me he’d talk Dallas Cowboys, to Mom he’d talk Duke Blue Devils...and always with a chuckle. He was a special man. The Gatling family send our condolences and prayers for you as you go through the days ahead.

Patricia Gatling Middlebrooks

to Ann, Rock and Family,

I didn't know Bill for very long but he was the type of person that could always put a smile on your face, whether it was from his tiny short ties (which never seemed to run out) to his North Carolina fan gear. Mr. Bill was always a pleasure to work with, no matter where he went he always seemed to know someone. My thoughts are with you during this time.

Brooke O'Gara

I am so saddened to hear of Mr. Eason's passing. My father, Randy Mason, worked with him for years at Birdsong Peanuts. I had just seen him about a month or so ago and he always would say I know you, you are Randy's daughter. I lost my Dad two years ago and I know what a hole it leaves in your heart. I am thinking of you all. Dad always said Bill was just top notch. Keeping you all in my prayers.

Heather Mason Wiggins

I am so sorry to her about Bill. I have know him for through the years when I worked at Crestar Bank before Suntrust. And my kids father worked with him at Birdsong and we all know him through Baker's . He was always smiling and a friend to so many. I know it's a sad time but you all are in our prayers for comfort. He will be missed. God bless you all.

Lynn Byrum

I send my condolences to the Eason family. Rock was a good friend of my late brother, Britton Laine.

Vicky Laine Leary

Dear Eason Family,
Mr. Eason was such an outgoing and friendly man. I first met him at church as a child and then got to know him better through my friendship with his daughter, Kathy. Every time I saw him he'd be smiling that wonderful smile of his as he greeted me. It's sad thinking I won't see him about town anymore. I have many memories of when I was playing softball for the Suffolk recreational women's and coed leagues and he was working as an umpire. He and I worked very closely on the ball field and chatted & joked when I was playing catcher and he was the umpire behind the plate and we still remained friends , no mater his call, haha. Please know I'm praying for the family during this time of loss but I know he is now celebrating with the saviour, Jesus. This makes me smile even though I'll miss seeing him about town doing "life" and letting His light shine. Love to Ann, Kathy, Rock, Lori , Gayle and the entire family.
With love and sympathy,
Brenda Cobb Oliver

Brenda Cobb Oliver

Ann, and family, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Everyone that ever met Bill was greated with that great smile, and they could tell that he was a very kind person. I first met him at Bank of Suffolk, as he was introduced to me by Ralph Hollowell. I believe Mike met him at the Suffolk Golf course, again introduced by Mr. Hollowell. I am sure that Bill never met a stranger. What a kind person he was that touched many lives. I know he will be missed, but always remembered. Prayers are with you and your family.

Susan and Mike Simpkins

Sorry to hear of Bill's passing. He will be in our thoughts. RIP old friend.

Jerry L Gillespie

To the Eason family, sorry to hear of the passing of Bill. I will truly miss Bill very much. We remained friends for many years even though he probably threw me out of so many games. But after all he was an umpire and a great one at that. I was a coach and not so great. I remember years ago we carried flowers from our team over to Bills house after I believe he has surgery. Every time i would see Bill, he would remind me how grateful he was to receive those flowers from our team. On behalf of our softball team, I feel like I can truly speak for all the members of the team that we will all miss him very much. Bill in closing when you get to heaven, please say hello to some of the ball players. They will be glad to see you. God bless you Bill and may you rest in eternal peace. I hope that one day we can chat again.

Jim Clark

So sorry to hear of Bill's passing. We always interacted pleasantly, and UNC basketball was often a subject of conversation. Our best to Ann, Kathy, and all the family. I guess we are never ready for this parting, but as Christian believers, we know it is a temporary parting. Heaven just got sweeter for you.

Lindsay & Barbara Poteat

Sad to hear of the loss of Mr. Eason s Passing. Did not know Bill but his legacy speaks for his love for Christ and for people. I may have met him briefly when Rock donated a Kidney to my close friend Mike Felts years ago in recovery. This was an act of Love to offer a kidney to Mike and he is active today because of it. Bill Eason is now claimed his Heavenly reward. My Grandmother was an Eason form Nansmond County, possibly some releation way back. Condolences.

Don Hipple , Police Chaplain VBPD

I am truly stunned and saddened! What an amazing man Mr. Bill was. He never met a stranger and always had a smile. When I saw this news I went back 50 years, to when I was at First Baptist in the youth group and all the youth retreats I took with Rock and Cathy and all the many times I spent at the Eason's. He and Mrs. Ann were so funny! So much laughter in their home. We had so much fun! To see Bill, was to see the light of Jesus! He was an amazing man who loved people and he will truly be missed on this earth, however; as Christian believers, we know we will see him again one day! Heaven has received another Angel! Praying for you all at this sad time.

Debbie Pair Ummels

I was saddened to hear of Bills passing. There will be a void left in our lives. I had the pleasure of working with Bill at R.W. Baker and there was no better man than Bill. He will be truly missed by all that knew him .

Britt Hughson

Bill Eason was the very definition of what it meant to be a gentleman. Anyone who knew him fully knew the pleasantness he exuded. My memories of Bill go way back to Wellons Park and the softball days where he was an umpire. He and I disagreed many times on the field but he was always a gentleman when the game ended. Many times I ran up with him in various places in Suffolk and he was always wearing a smile and had time to chat a bit with the most gentlemanly disposition. He touched so many lives in so many ways, I know it was a privilege for me to call him friend. To his family, on behalf of many, I say "thank you" for sharing this wonderful man. May God bless you in this loss and wrap His arms around each of you for comfort. Draw strength from the realization that Bill is now truly in the Field of Dreams and as a Christian we will meet and chat again. Rest in peace "Brother Bill"..........

Gary Matthews

To Ann, ROCK, Kathy, Gayle, Lori and the rest of your beautiful family,
Your Husband, Daddy, Granddaddy and Great Granddaddy was one of the finest men I have ever known. I used to be so jealous of Rock in High School because he had such a wonderful daddy. I was blessed to meet your family when I was very young since my momma was dear friends with Ann and Bill. What an amazing coincidence the way my daughter Whitney met Bill and family, and whoever figured that she was a "Hollan”. Both of my girls were blessed to know him as Ashley was one of his Cardiologists and Whitney was his "favorite" Nurse. His character completely reflected integrity, honesty, generosity and moral courage. His compassion and kindness could not be measured. The LORD will have many treasures stored for him. In Heaven, I hope he will try to keep my son, Jesse Hollan Witt in line. Bill Eason is certainly the man for the job. GOD BLESS YOUR DEAR FAMILY! XO

Pamela Hollan Witt

I am at a loss after reading of Bill’s passing. He was a friend to our family as long as I can remember. My father, John Pierce would carry on with Bill and I enjoyed watching them cut the fool and I guess I took up where Dad left off. He was a kind and gentle man and was loved by so many. RIP my friend. My his family find peace and comfort in the days ahead by his love for our Lord. Keeping you all in my prayers.
Doris Johnson

Doris Johnson

So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. I always enjoyed working with him when he came to Baker-Foster FH. He was always a pleasure to be around and everyone knew it was going to be an interesting night when he was working. Prayers for Ann, Rock and entire family.

Donna Barham

What a wonderful man Bill was. My Uncle Wayne called and told me he passed away. My heart goes about to Ann, Rock, Cathy and the rest of the family. I loved the video going down memory lane. I had so much fun as a child with you guys. My MeMaw loved Bill and Ann. She can now give him a big hug. So sorry for your loss.

Cherl Miller

Ann, Rock and family, Bill truly manifested the fruit of joy in his life. He never greeted me with anything but a big smile on his face and a kind word. I will never forget the joy he had in strolling his dear granddaughter. He put miles on that stroller and he taught her to smile and wave just like he did. He was a true example of Christlikeness. He enriched this world. As his spirit went to be with the savior he loved so much, I am so certain he heard from Jesus, "Well done, my good and faithful servant." He awaits your joining him.

Frank Rawls

My deepest sympathy to you, Mrs. Eason, Kathy, Rock, Lori, Gayle and families. I'm sure your dad was smiling down on you today, Rock, as you gave such a fitting tribute to such a special man. He was a friend to all and such a joy to be around.
Thank you all for sharing some of your personal memories with us. Your family is one of those I will always remember fondly from growing up in First Baptist Church. As Billy said, you were there whenever the doors were open, much like ours. The example set by Mr. Eason of kindness, love, compassion, integrity, and true commitment to his family and friends speaks volumes about his character and his faith. While he may have been a small man, he certainly left huge shoes to fill. We will all miss that infectious smile, but only for a little while. We know where he is and look forward to seeing that welcoming grin when we are reunited to spend eternity with our Lord and the saints in glory. God bless you with His comfort and peace until then.

Elaine Johnson

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.

Warwick Mechanical Group

My deepest sympathies. I grew up at First Baptist Church and Mr. Eason was as much a fixture and a pillar of the church as Rev. Thompson, Bobby Moore, and Mrs. Roundtree among others. From when my dad has to pull up a chair for me to stand in to see out of the Sunday School records office window until I would fill in for him in later years before it was closed, it just didn't feel like Sunday or church until Mr. Eason stopped by and said good morning. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

James Deaton Jr

My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this trying time. I remember him so well as an umpire when I played ball and coached it. There were plenty of time we didn't agree on his call but he was a great man that will be missed. He used to ride motorcycles with my Uncle Billy.... whenever I saw him he always had a smile on his face. God is truly getting a great Angel. May God be with you all.

Yvonne Gardner Weiss

Ann, Lori, Cathy, Gail & Rock,

So  sorry to hear of  the sudden loss of your dear husband/dad. As  you 

have seen, he was well known/liked around here!  You're in our  thoughts 

and prayers,

love, candy and joe nickert


Candy and Joe Nickert

Anne & family we are so sorry to hear about Bill, (he would not let us call him Mr. EASON), he was a shining light at FBC, Such a Christian Gentleman in everyway!
We loved talking UK-UNC Basketball w/ him, now we r in UNC country, especially at our church.... looking out for this year, as Bill may give UNC some "heavenly help!"💙☝️🏀
We I know he is happy to be in the presence of our Lord. May your sweet memories bring you comfort.

Romel Perry

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