Anthony L. Eaton Sr.

Published 4:37 pm Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Command Sgt. Maj. Anthony L. “Tony” Eaton Sr. passed away unexpectedly on June 13, 2021.

He served honorably for 28 years in the U.S. Army, earning numerous awards including the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star for Valor, the Purple Heart, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal. After retirement from active duty, he was a JROTC instructor at Smithfield High School in Smithfield for 13 years.

CSM Eaton is survived by his beloved and devoted wife of 53 years, Joyce L. Mintz Eaton; his daughter, Anthonette E. Postell; his son, Anthony L. Eaton Jr.; two granddaughters, Victoria Postell and Gabrielle Postell; mother-in-law, Mary B. Mintz; brother-in-law, Shelley F. Mintz (Chyrel); sister-in-law, LaMyra P. Jackson (Andrew); and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and close friends.

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A homegoing celebration will be held at noon June 25, 2021, at Cooke Brothers Funeral Chapel, Inc., 1601 27th St., Newport News. Services will also be available via livestream at Please see full obituary at the funeral home website.