Sarah “Helena” Howell Eaker, age 86, of Cherryville, passed away peacefully Monday, November 6, 2023, at her home. She was born September 11, 1937, in Lincoln County to the late David Hillard Howell and Hazel Irene Leatherman Howell. Helena spent many years working for Carolina Freight in the Accounts Receivable Department. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Cherryville and a member of the ladies CBS Sunday School Class. Helena had a love for picture framing, which brought beauty into the lives of those around her as she skillfully preserved cherished memories. In her spare time, Helena also indulged in sewing, cross-stitching, and quilt making, channeling her creativity into striking handicrafts. Through these crafts, Helena poured love into each stitch. Helena was also an avid reader. She enjoyed camping and took pleasure in experiencing nature.
In addition to her parents, Helena was preceded in death by her brother, David Howell, Jr.
Helena is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, Jack D. Eaker, Sr.; daughter, Krista E. Gantt (Doug); son, Jack D. Eaker II (Becky); grandchildren, Christopher D. Gantt (De-Edrah), David M. Gantt (Ashley), Blain Eaker, Melissa G. Rodriguez (Felipe), Jonathan Gantt, Drew Eaker (Brittany), and Sonia G. Baker (JT); and great-grandchildren, Mason, Grace, and Ella Gantt, Neyland and Harbor Gantt, Nathaniel, Mannuel, and Mario Rodriguez, Isabella Baker, and Jackson and Tenley Eaker.
A Memorial Service will be held Friday, November 10, 2023, at 3:00 PM at First Baptist Church in Cherryville with Helena’s grandson, Dr. David Gantt, and Rev. Dr. Vince Hefner officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:45 to 2:45 PM prior to the service. Interment will be private.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church – 301 E 1st St, Cherryville, NC 28021.
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com