Melvin Harold Eaton
Virginia Beach – Eighty eight year old Captain Melvin Harold Eaton, USCG Retired, passed away November 24, 2008 at 6:30 a.m. Born in Norfolk, he was the son of the late Ruth Capps and Raleigh Eaton. Melvin was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Antoinette B. Eaton of Sebrel, VA.
He grew up in Back Bay, VA and has been a member of Charity United Methodist Church in Back Bay his entire life. He proudly served his country for 37 years in the Coast Guard during WWII, both the N. Atlantic and Pacific conflicts. He retired in 1976 as Captain of the Port of Hampton Roads. Melvin was a member of the Chief Warrant Officers Assoc, Norfolk Seaman’s Friends Society, longtime member of Norfolk Kiwanis Club & charter member of Pungo Kiwanis Club, life member of Veterans Foreign Wars #1211 and on the Major’s Veterans Committee. He was the yeoman of the C.C. Corp which created the dunes at Sandbridge. He was one of the Honarary Grand Marshalls at Pungo’s Strawberry Festival 2008. With great pride in his last year he was part of the initial group who created the Senior Resource Center and a present board member which serves S. Virginia Beach.
Melvin leaves behind to cherish his memories his son, Melvin H. Eaton II from Key West; daughter, Jaynine A. Nelson and her husband Dean from Hawaii; and 13 year old grandchild, Makani T. Nelson.
A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 29, 2008, at Charity United Methodist Church, 4080 Charity Neck Rd in Virginia Beach. Burial will immediately follow in the church’s cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Rd in Virginia Beach. Memorial donations may be made to the Charity United Methodist Church, “Mike Eaton Memorial Fund”, 4080 Charity Neck Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23457. Condolences may be offered to the family at altmeyer.com.