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Harry Bosman Eaton, 1915 – 2007

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 Harry Bosman Eaton was born in Portsmouth, Va., in 1915, and grew up in Norfolk. He was shaped in the faith by Epworth Methodist Church and the Wesleymen of the Epworth Bible Class. While a young man at Epworth, he sensed God’s call to ordained ministry. Harry graduated from Maury High School and then attended his beloved Randolph-Macon College, who later honored him with a Doctor of Divinity degree. His seminary training was completed at Candler School of Theology.
  Harry demonstrated exceptional interpersonal skills and strongly connected to parishioners in the local church. Harry served Corinth, Goochland, and Trinity in the Richmond District, Court Street in Lynchburg, and Trinity in Alexandria. He demonstrated gifted leadership as district superintendent in Winchester, Arlington, and Richmond. His final appointment was as Director of the Conference Council on Ministries. In retirement, Harry Eaton served Trinity in Richmond as the Minister of Visitation for 18 years.
  Harry Eaton had a most distinguished career in ministry serving the church as a delegate to numerous Jurisdictional, General, and World Methodist conferences. While pastoring at Trinity in Richmond, the church experienced unparalleled growth, the fastest growing church in the conference at that time. Harry was truly “beating the bushes” for new members. But he always credited his lay people for their exceptional service and commitment. During his ministry at Trinity, Harry’s gifted wife, Caroline, was his most able partner in ministry and led the youth program with great vitality. After her untimely death, Harry met Ruby Lee Jewel, who was an absolute jewel to him. Ruby Lee’s hearty laughter and contagious smile brought joy once again to Harry’s life. Harry confirmed that no one was more blessed than he for having been given by God such wonderful life partners for marriage and ministry.
  Harry B. Eaton was one of the truly exceptional pastors of Virginia United Methodism. He brought wisdom, compassion, and unbounded enthusiasm to the ministry. He never ceased caring deeply for The United Methodist Church he faithfully served and fervently loved.
— The Rev. Dr. John B. Peters

 

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