John Bowman Waymon "JB" EADES was born on 3 Jun 1898 in Pickens County,
South Carolina. He died on 18 Apr 1972. He lived on
near West Union in Oconee County, SC. He died at the age of 73 years old.
He was buried in Walhalla Church of God No. 2 Cemetery, Walhalla, Oconee County,
SC. He lived on a RFD route out of West Union SC.
My name is Roger Eades. I am the great-grandson of Tyler B. Eades who was the
brother of Miles Anderson Eades. I thought you might find the following true
stories of interest:
Tyler's' youngest son was J.B. Eades, born June 1898, in Pickens County,
S.C. J.B. was my grandfather and was a pioneer preacher in the Church of God
in South Carolina. Tyler and his wife, Minnie, were charter members of the first
Church of God in S.C. in a small town in the northwest corner of the state called
Wahalla. The church came out of the Methodist faith and the old Eades family
was faithful Methodists. The community did not take well to these bunch of Pentecostal
'Church of God' folk because they spoke in tongues and danced 'in the spirit.'
The first church was burned in front of the congregation in 1915. Since arson
was illegal, the mob tore the building down log by log and piled them up and
set fire to them. (It was legal to do it this way.) The church was continued
in a brush arbor and when J.B. Eades was called to preach, he would later pastor
this same church.
During one of the services, a man who lived in the area came walking into
church with a bag containing a rattlesnake. He told my grandfather that if he
had the faith that he claimed, he would pick up the snake. (The man had his denominations
wrong.) Anyway, my grandfather reached into the bag, pulled the snake out and
held it up for the congregation to see. Then he held the snake out to the man
and said, "Now it's your turn." The man made a hasty retreat and 'Granddad',
as we called him, walked outside and turned the snake loose. TRUE STORY!!!
In 1936 Granddad had appendicitis. He firmly believed in the healing power
of God and refused to see doctors. His condition got worse and his weight went
from 250 lbs to 135lbs. His body turned black and his brother, Dewitt, came to
see him and to try to get him to a doctor. Granddad refused and Dewitt told my
grandmother that he was going into town to make funeral arrangements for his
brother. That night, after midnight, Granddad lay at the point of death. My grandmother
began to pray and then she reached out and picked up my Granddad's guitar and
began to walk around the bed and play and sing and praise the Lord. Suddenly,
Granddad's side burst open and literally gallons of poison came flowing out of
his body. He fell into a deep sleep and Grandma cleaned him up and she went to
The next morning Granddads' brother came back thinking he would pick up
his brothers body and take it to the undertaker. Instead he found him outside
rebuilding the engine on his Model T Ford.
Granddad died in 1972, but I remember vividly him pulling up his shirt
to show the 'surgical' scar on his side where he said God operated on him to
remove his appendix.
Granddad NEVER saw a doctor in his whole life! TRUE STORY!!!!!!!
Roger C. Eades
Rev. John Bowman Waymon "JB" EADES were married in 1917. They
had 4 children. Any children born after 1930 belonged to Zoan Scroggs.
Rev. John Bowman Waymon "JB" EADES had the following children:
|Clara Bell "Clara" EADES was born on
13 Jul 1923.|
|John Waymon "Waymon" EADES.|
|Ralph E. EADES
was born on 5 Sep 1921 in Oconee County, SC. He died on 15 Aug 1923
in Keowee Township, Oconee County, SC. He died at the age of 1 year
old lacking under a month of being 2 years old. 2 years old is on his tombstone.
He was buried on 16 Aug 1923 in Walhalla Church of God No. 2 Cemetery, Walhalla,
Oconee County, SC. Ralph's tombstone states that he died at 2 years
of age. Information was from the Oconee County Certificate of Death # 14818.
Hilton "Hilton" EADES was born on 13 Jul 1925.|
John Bowman Waymon "JB" EADES were married about 1931. Rev. John
Bowman Waymon "JB" EADES had the following children: