Mr. Eagleman died at 7:30 a.m., Tuesday, September 24, 2013, at his home.
He was born February 2, 1921, at Leota, Missouri, to Edward Barkley Eagleman and Ella Mae Crawford Eagleman. On January 18, 1942, he was married to Sylvia Belle Burden, who preceded him in death on April 13, 2000. On June 1, 2001, he was married to Bessie Mae Divelbiss. Mr. Eagleman received his education at Prairie Grove Elementary, Bakersfield High School and Bolivar Baptist College, Bolivar, Missouri. He attended Prairie Grove Church of Christ his entire life, being a member for more than seventy-five years. He served as an Elder, teacher and preacher. He was known and respected for his extensive Biblical knowledge, especially in Old Testament history. He taught school at Free Union Elementary for two years. Mr. Eagleman was a veteran, having served for three years in the Pacific Theater in the United States Army Air Force during World War II, ending his service with the rank of Corporal. He received pilot’s training and was decorated in Gunnery, Marksmanship and Plane Armorer. He was active in 4-H club work as a leader, served on the Howell County Extension Council, was elected Southern Judge of Howell County for six years, was Township Committeeman for ASCS for several years and was elected as Southern County Commissioner for four years. He served as Republican committeeman for Benton Township for many years. He was instrumental in helping to establish Neighborhood Watch and the Moody Volunteer Fire Department and served as President of the Moody Community Association for more than twenty years.
He is survived by his wife, Bessie Eagleman, of the family home; five children, Donald Eagleman, West Plains, Missouri, Arthur Eagleman, wife, Katie, Tomball, Texas, Ida Mae Cawvey, husband, Leon, Moody, Missouri, David Eagleman, wife, Sharon, Garber, Oklahoma and Rebecca Beasley, husband, Dennis, West Plains, Missouri; two step-children, Jarretta Rose, husband, Mack, Beebe, Arkansas and Joe Divelbiss, wife, Linda, Caulfield, Missouri; eleven grandchildren, Patrick Eagleman, Jennifer Seidel, Max Cates, Ed Cates, Dan Busenbarrick, Wendy Dixon, Thomas Eagleman, Monica Cawvey, Jeanie Castro, Larry Eagleman and Jackie Pemberton, II; five step-grandchildren, Brian Rose, Lesley Smith, Stan Rose, Lori Shannon and Cody Divelbiss; ten great-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; three brothers, Allen Eagleman, Redding, California, John Eagleman, wife, Goldie, Caulfield, Missouri and Joe Eagleman, wife, Doris, Lawrence, Kansas; three sisters, Reba Sigler, Moody, Missouri, Lu Harper, husband, Fred, Ocala, Florida, and Wilma Boyd, husband, Houston, Odessa, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.
His parents, first wife, Sylvia, one daughter, Vivian Busenbarrick, great-grandson, Robert Dixon, IV, three brothers, Edwin, Virgil and Ralph, two sisters, Grace Mahan and Fern Harber and son-in-law, George Busenbarrick, precede him in death.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Free Union Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to Paragould Children’s Home, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.