Archive for April, 2013

Bernice Byers Eaton

I am sad to say that Bernice went home on April 16th, but comforted in knowing that she passed peacefully, holding her Ellen’s hand. Her wonderful spirit is already missed by many.


Bernice Byers Eaton, age 84, passed away Tuesday, April 16th at her daughters home in Columbia, South Carolina. Bernice was a lifelong resident of Gwinnett County until 2004, when she moved to Columbia to reside with her daughters family.

Bernice was born near Grayson, and graduated from Bethesda school, where she was on the State Champion Girls Basketball team in 1946.

She began a career as a secretary – bookkeeper after graduation, only taking short breaks to give birth to her three children. When her husband became too ill to be left alone in the late 70s , she switched gears and went into antique sales and repairing antique porcelain. She earned great respect from fellow dealers and was often consulted by other dealers for her expertise on things she had researched. She survived both lung cancer and emphysema, only to be gripped by Lewy Body Dementia, a debilitating disease that is more common than generally known.

Bernice was preceded in death by her husband Harley Eaton. She is survived by her sons Mark Eaton (Vikki) of Murrayville; Kevin Eaton (Cheryl) of Monroe; daughter Ellen Hinsch (Martin) of Columbia, SC ; sister Mrs. Wilma Spence of Smyrna; brother Leelan (Carol) Byers of Tucker; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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