Gearheart, Eloise Martin

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Eloise Octavia Martin Gearheart, 81, of Pilot, went to be with the Lord with her family by her side on Friday, February 11, 2011. She was born on September 7, 1929. Eloise was the GLUE that held Gearheart’s Garage together during her 60 years of service there.

She was preceded in death by her parents; I.I. and Lola Martin, and seven siblings. She was the strong and loving wife of Wayne Gearheart, whom she married on September 18, 1948, having been married for over 62 years. She is the mother of JoAnn Jennings, Jerry, and Mark Gearheart. Eloise had three granddaughters and four great-grandchildren. She had seven surviving siblings and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Monday, February 14, 2011 at Fellowship Baptist Church in Riner, Va., with Pastor James Bradley officiating. Interment will follow at the Wilson Cemetery in Check.

Friends may call after 4 p.m. on Sunday at Gardner Funeral Home where the family will be from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Condolences to the family are may be made at

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fellowship Baptist Church in Riner.

Arrangements are being handled by Gardner Funeral Home, Floyd.