James Richard Eberhart, Sr.
EAST LIVERPOOL — James Richard Eberhart, Sr., of East Liverpool, passed away Monday, January 18, 2021. He was 77.
Born in East Liverpool on July 2, 1943, he was the son of the late Hugh V. and Evelyn Newlen Eberhart. He had spent his lifetime in this area, having attended Grandview Elementary School prior to his graduation from Chester High School in 1961. Later in life, Jim received an associate’s degree in Computer Science from Kent State University in East Liverpool.
For many years, Jim was associated with the Transportation Department at Crucible Steel in Midland, retiring in 1982. He then became the head custodian at East Liverpool High School until his retirement in 2003.
A member of the First Church of Christ (Disciples) for many years, Jim had served in many capacities, including Sunday School teacher, deacon, lay leader, elder, van driver and chairman of the Worship Committee. Although Jim was heavily involved in various aspects of the church, he was also extremely dedicated to many Masonic activities, having held countless positions within the organization. Over the years, he had served in such capacities as Past Master and Secretary of Lodge #681 F. & A.M., President of the Eighth Arch Association R. & S.M., Past Illustrious Master of Keramos Council #95, Commander of Pilgrim Commander #55 Knights Templar, and Excellent Chief of Killarney Council #75 Knight Masons of Ohio. He was also a member of the Valley of Steubenville Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite where he was coroneted as a 33rd Degree Mason and had had memberships and leadership positions in various other Masonic and Shrine clubs across the region. In addition, he was the winner of the Golden Horseshoe Award in 1957 for achieving the top four horseshoe scores in West Virginia history.
Jim and his wife, the former Mary Lou Fisher, were married on December 17, 1960. She preceded him in death on July 26, 2019. Together, they raised two sons, whom they cherished. One son, James Richard Eberhart, Jr., passed away on September 22, 2011, and another son, Michael Scott Eberhart, survives in Washington, DC. A beloved granddaughter, McKenna, survives as well.
Jim was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth E. Eberhart.
A private graveside burial will be conducted and Jim will be laid to rest at Union Cemetery in New Manchester.
View Jim’s memorial webpage and express condolences online at www.dawsonfuneralhome.com.