Obituary of John Thomas Eads
John Thomas Eads, of Slidell, Louisiana, died on February 4, 2020 at Slidell Memorial Hospital at the age of 67 after a battle with cancer.
The son of the late Charles W. and Glorianne (Payne) Eads, he was born on May 4, 1952 in Burlington, Iowa. He married Melanie (Gunnels) Eads on May 20, 1978 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
He was born and raised in Burlington, Iowa where he graduated from Burlington High School in 1970. After high school, he attended Truman State University where he graduated with a degree in accounting in 1974. He began his career in Chicago, and shortly thereafter, he passed the exam to become a Certified Public Accountant. He then moved to New Orleans, Louisiana where he initially worked as an accountant at Central Gulf Lines; this is where he met his future wife, Melanie.
While he continued his career in New Orleans, they eventually settled in Slidell, Louisiana where he resided for the past forty-one years. There he was a loving husband and caring father to their two boys. He was a volunteer youth coach in their younger days and enjoyed their regular family trips for weekend sporting tournaments. During their high school years, John became a member of the football chain gang, scorebook keeper, sideline equipment manager, and dedicated servant to his boys’ endeavors.
He leaves behind his wife of forty-one years, Melanie (Gunnels) Eads; his son, David Eads and his wife Marsha of Slidell, Louisiana; and his son, Danny Eads and his wife Starr of Tempe, Arizona. He is also survived by his siblings: Mary Lee (Terry) of Elmhurst, Illinois, Charles Eads (Sandra) of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Barbara Thye (Jim) of Weaver, Iowa, in addition to his brother-in-law Woody Gunnels(Debbie), Eunice, Louisiana along with his step-grandson Landon and nieces and nephews across the country.
We are forever grateful to our friend and adopted family members, Georgann Foster (Bill-Deceased) who raised our boys as much as we did.
Special thanks to Dr. McElveen and all his staff at SMH Cancer Center, along with the staff at the Infusion Center, and the nursing staff and Ms. Toni at the Outpatient Center at Slidell Memorial who doted on him and made him feel like he was their only patient. To his physician team and all his nursing staff in the ICU, especially Ashley, for all the care and comfort you provided to us in our last days.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Service in John’s honor on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. in the chapel of Audubon Funeral Home located at 61101 Hwy 11 in Slidell. Visitation will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Memories and condolences may be expressed at www.AudubonFuneralHome.comTo send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of John Eads, please visit Tribute Store
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