Louise Fletcher King Eastham was born June 28, 1928 in Alexandria, VA, the daughter of Col. Charles W. King, U.S. Army Air Corps and Mary “Herndon” King. After spending her childhood in Alexandria, Louise moved with her parents to the Shade in Rappahannock County, before she and her family eventually restored and moved to Ben Venue.
It was during Louise’s time at the Shade when Thomas Lindsay Eastham began seeing her. After a long courtship, Louise and Tommy eloped on November 29th of 1952 in Warrenton, VA.
Louise went on to earn her teaching degree from Madison College, Harrisonburg, VA and was named May Queen her senior year. Afterwards, she returned home and taught first and second grade for several years in Front Royal before devoting her full attention to her children and helping Tommy manage their cattle farm.
A treasure to her community, Louise will be remembered for her years of service and dedication to the Trinity Episcopal Church; her active involvement in the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Valley Garden Club, and Bridge Club; and, her countless adventures to Colonial Williamsburg with her grandchildren—to them, Louise will always be remembered with affection as “Grand Lou.”
Louise lives on through her surviving children and their families: Fletcher King Eastham and his son, Tarkan Fletcher Eastham; and, Lindsay Willoughby Green Eastham and Heidi deGroot Eastham and their children, Bennett Thomas Willoughby Eastham and Isabelle Funston Green Eastham.
In addition to her husband, Tommy, Louise is predeceased by her daughter, Stuart Fletcher Green Eastham and her beloved uncle, Arthur M. King.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Washington, VA followed immediately by a reception in the parish hall. The next day, the family will hold a private burial at Ben Venue.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Eastham’s name to the Rappahannock Food Pantry or the Rappahannock Benevolent Fund.