Mr. Eads was born Memphis, TN, to Howard Leo Eads and Gentry Pratt Eads. He spent his childhood in Cookeville, TN, and, while in elementary school, he was a cub scout and in sixth grade a member of the school chorale.
Mr. Eads graduated from Cookeville High School and went on to attend Vocational School in Livingston, TN. He worked at various jobs before starting his own business, Parity Hardware.
During his early adulthood, Mr. Eads was in a musical group called Skyward Bound with his brother and two young ladies, traveling to several different churches in the surrounding area.
James moved to Tullahoma in February of 1991 and became involved in many community activities. He was a very involved member of Grace Baptist Church, singing many solos, being a part of numerous musicals and serving on several committees.
He was a board member of the Duck River Electric Membership Corporation and was elected to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen in 2007 and was re-elected in 2010, serving on several different committees during that time.
Although city and church involvement was very important to James, his family always came first. Despite his illness, he was able to walk his daughter Jessica down the aisle at her wedding on February 4th, 2012.
On June 12th, 2012, James’ birthday, Mayor Lane Curlee proclaimed that day “Alderman Eads Day” and presented James with a beautiful plaque.
Mr. Eads is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Ira Leo Eads and Gladis Austin DeBoard; and maternal grandparents, F.A. “Buster” Pratt and Floy Chappel Pratt. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Nancy Eads of Tullahoma; one daughter, Jessica Lee Gill and her husband Justin of Murfreesboro; three step-sons, Scott Sons and his wife Julaine of Franklin, Richard Sons and his wife Lisa of Tullahoma, and Chad Sons of Moberly, Missouri; one step-daughter, Valerie Clarneau and her husband Clint of Tullahoma; one sister, Sonya Moore and her husband David of Charleston, South Carolina; two brothers, Ron Eads and his wife Julie of Tullahoma and Barry Eads and his wife Beth of Nashville; six grandchildren, Ryan, Victoria, Zachary, Anneliese, Kendal and Brennan; eight nieces and nephews; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.
Visitation for Mr. Eads will be held on Wednesday, April 24th, 2013, from 4:00-9:00pm at Kilgore Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, April 25th, 2013, at 1:00pm at Grace Baptist Church with Revs. Tim McGehee, Garry Irvin and his father, Howard Eads officiating.
For those who wish, donations may be made to the James Eads Memorial Fund at Grace Baptist Church, 1901 Ovoca Road, Tullahoma, TN, 37388.
Kilgore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.