John Christopher Eberhart, Sr., or “Grady Baby” was born on May 7, 1955, to Bessie Eberhart Harris and Herschel Henderson, who both preceded him in death. John was also preceded in death by two siblings, Shelia and Anthony Eberhart. John matriculated through the Atlanta public school system, graduating from Henry McNeil Turner High School in 1973. John joined the US Army immediately after high school. Leaving the military in July 1978, John assumed employment with the Fulton County Commissioners Office. In January 1985, he joined the Fulton County Fire Department and he tenured in this capacity until March 1998. John worked awhile for Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy, where his love for children of all ages was enhanced. He often talked about how his work in the afterschool and summer camp programs were some of the greatest experiences. John later assumed employment with Delta Airlines in 1999, where he tenured until his retirement in October 2016. On June 29, 1984, John, while attending the Annual Light Up Atlanta Festival, met the love of his life, Valeria Couch. She was visiting from Kentucky – on a 1-day trip - celebrating her 28th birthday. Fourteen months later, August 17, 1985, John married his “Main Squeeze.” They later told their story on a radio show and won a trip to Mexico. In 1998, John joined The Fellowship of Faith Church International. He participated in several activities of the church including singing with The Adult Choir, working with the Feed the Hungry Ministry, and participating in the Annual Youth Production. Whether you referred to John as “Frog,” “Big Kahuna,” “Dad,” “Daddy,” “Black Child,” “Big Poppa,” “Pawpaw,” “Brother Eberhart,” “Black Georgia Peach,” or just “John,” all of these names were reflections of the various aspects of his life. John was an avid Atlanta Falcons fan since their inception in 1965 and would gladly “school you” on the history of the team at the drop of a hat. John loved his family and would tell any who would listen about the Eberhart-MorelandHenderson family history. While the transition of John C. Eberhart seems hard right now, please remember him for his contagious smile, laughter, and wit, along with his constant ability to make even a stranger feel like a friend. His love for his family and friends is and always will be everlasting. John leaves: Valeria, his wife of thirty-seven years; four sons, Marcus Eberhart (Deshannon), Brandon Eberhart (Kieon), John Eberhart, Jr. (Erica), and Taylor Eberhart (Pamela); four grandchildren, Dexter Rowland, Queshunna Cunningham, Amari Eberhart, and Jaaziah Eberhart; five great-grandchildren; two siblings, Donald Eberhart (Katherine) and Phyllis Almond; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, cherished family, friends, and his Delta family.
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