Jack  Eastman
After he was born, Jack's parents Webster and Lois Eastman took him home to their apartment above the Dreyer's Band School, 819 E. Main St. in New Albany. They escaped from the second floor apartment in a boat during the 1937 Ohio River flood. His older brother Wendell and wife Marilou bought that same house in 1977 and lived there for over 30 years. Jack and Wendell grew up on Willard Avenue. Their family was active in New Albany's Centenary Methodist Church, which is where he made his profession of faith. He was a member until 1977, but visited whenever he was in town. He was able to go back one last time in April for the 180th anniversary of the church.
He attended New Albany schools and graduated in 1954. That boy was a class clown and always known for his humor! He participated in the drama department, played in the school band, a dance band, and at private occasions. He took voice lessons in the early 70's and enjoyed singing tenor at churches and around anybody who would listen. He loved using his voice to praise God.
He worked in Louisville and southern Indiana, selling furniture and antiques , paving driveways and highways, and running fleets of trucks. He went to work in 1971 for Ligon Specialized Haulers, located in Madisonville, KY. He traveled to Brazil on his own in the early 1980's to expand the transportation business, and for the rest of his life, shared fond memories of those trips. He and his son Reid became brokers in the 1990's in Houston and imported steel products from Brazil among other projects. He had a generous business ethic and was proud of this reputation. He retired unofficially several times after 2009. By 2018 he had been to 49 states and 24 countries, mostly for pleasure.

He married Donna McBride in 1961 and became Ann's father. Then Julia Lea and John Reid were born to them in the next few years. In 1971 he became single and moved away from his beloved town to Chicago. He was proud of the fact that he went home every weekend to see his children, weather permitting, until he moved to Atlanta in 1975. In 1976, he married Karen, a middle school special education teacher. In 1977 they first moved to Houston, and then to Pittsburgh PA from 1979 until 1981, where he served Ligon as vice-president of national accounts. He was able to go to NYC often and would return there many times, especially for Christmas three times in the 1990's.

In 1981 they moved , including Reid and Julia, as well as her fiance' Bob Pike, to Kingwood, in the Houston, TX area. They all returned to New Albany at Christmas that year for Julie and Bobby to get married at Centenary UMC. In 1990, Reid married Lana Hand. His ex wife Donna moved from IN in 2003 and Ann and Pat with son Jeremy to nearby Conroe in 2014.

He was pre-deceased by his parents, Webster and Lois Eastman, and his brother Wendell. He is survived by his wife, Karen, from Brunswick, GA; daughter Ann Kerchner (Patrick) of Conroe, daughter Julia Pike (Bob), son Reid Eastman (Lana), and their mother, Donna Eastman, all of Kingwood; grand-children Adam Kerchner (Stephanie) of Louisville, Jeremy Kerchner (Malayna) of Cypress,TX, Sarah Pike Trotter, Jessica Pike, both of Kingwood, Shelby Eastman of NYC, Grant Eastman, a senior at the University of Arkansas, Dane Eastman, a freshman at LSU; great-granddaughters McKenna Kerchner, Juliet, Vivian, and Helaina Trotter; sisters-in-law Marilou Eastman of New Albany and Kathy Long of Jacksonville,FL.; Wendell's daughter Wendy (Jean) Becker of Evansville; cousin Virginia Hottle and her son, Roderick Hottle of New Albany.
If you so desire, contributions may be made to Centenary UMC, 2231 Green Valley Rd. , New Albany, IN 47130 or the GoFundMe site for his great-granddaughter's cancer treatment, " Hope for Helaina".
Published on October 4, 2019


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Bonnie Rogers
Oct 05, 2019
Just an old Centenary friend.