Survivors include: wife Alice Eakes of Chiefland, FL; children Darlene (Chuck) Sedgwick of Old Hickory, James (Joni) Eakes, Jr. of Lebanon and Ricky (Donna) Eakes of Charlotte as well as step-children Alex Grogorov and Jeffrey Norman.
Also surviving is brother Billy Eakes; grandchildren Rachel Sedgwick, Matthew Sedgwick, Robert Wayne Eakes, Josh Eakes, Dustin Eakes, Doltin Eakes and Jacob Eakes; great-grandchild Brandon Eakes.
Family and friends served as pallbearers.
In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by sister Jeannette Lenning and brother Bobby Eakes.
Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, was in charge of arrangements.