Hattiesburg Vietnam vet, community leader dies

Hattiesburg Vietnam vet, community leader dies

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - A well-known and loved leader in the Hattiesburg community has died.

Alvin Eaton passed away last week surrounded by family and friends. He was 78 years old.

Eaton was a Vietnam veteran having served in the U.S. Airforce from 1964 to 1968 and was also a WDAM employee for 17 years. He then took on the job of code inspector for the City of Hattiesburg before retiring in 2009.

He was also a volunteer and leader at the African American Military History Museum at the East 6th Street USO Building and a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church.

“When I looked at my dad and what he did over his career and over his life, the things that he’s done, I don’t know how he did them or how he made things work,” said Kermas Eaton, son of Alvin Eaton. “He became a superhero and in my eyesight, superheroes are never supposed to die. And that’s the most painful thing to witness now.”

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Visitation will be held on Friday at Legacy Memorial in Hattiesburg from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and funeral services will be held on Saturday at Highland Cemetery starting at 11 a.m.

Legacy Memorial will only allow 10 people inside the building at a time while maintaining social distancing. Masks are required.

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