Thomas “Tom” M. McEachin, 72, died Monday, September 12, 2011, at Alzheimer’s Care of Commerce.
Born in Albany, his family moved to Miami, Fla., where he lived until graduation from Miami Senior High School. After high school, he and his wife moved to Oklahoma where Tom graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University. While at OBU, Tom toured with the USO tour group in the Far East. Tom furthered his education by graduating from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Tom and his family served as missionaries in Taiwan with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board/North American Board, SBC, where he served for 21 years before retiring.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Mary Blair McEachin; son, Jim McEachin and his wife, Shannon, son, Scott McEachin, and his wife Felicia, son, Joe McEachin, and his partner, Chris, grandchildren, Lauren McEachin Bone, her husband Brian, Samantha McEachin Reeves and husband, Neal, Graham McEachin, Sheena McEachin, Jacob McEachin and Clayton McEachin. Also surviving are Tom’s mother, Louise McEachin, brother, Wayne McEachin and his wife, Nina, sister, Winnelle Marsengill, her husband, Dan. Also surviving are two brothers-in–law who were like brothers, Gil Parrish, his wife, Nannette (like a sister), and John Parrish. Many nieces, nephews and cousins, are also a part of our loved family.
Tom is a member of the Winder First Baptist Church.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 17, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home. John Talley, pastor of First Baptist Winder, Richard Harris, retired President of North American Mission Board and Brent Cochran, musician, who along with Talley and Harris, blessed Tom’s life with their ministries. The family will remain after the service to receive friends.
Tom has donated his body to science for the study of Alzheimer’s, to hopefully, hasten a cure for this dreaded disease.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the International Mission Board/ Lottie Moon Missions, SBC, P.O. Box 6767, Richmond, VA 23230.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, is in charge of arrangements.