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John McLaughlin Eubanks

March 16, 1933 ~ December 29, 2021 (age 88)


Rocky Mount - 

John M. Eubanks, age 88 of Rocky Mount, passed away on December 29th, 2021 after a brief illness.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Mary Eubanks; spouse, Sue Eubanks; and a son, David Eubanks.  He is survived by three daughters, Sue Parrish (Robert), Angie Lane (Steve), and Peggy Evans (Todd); six grandchildren, Leah Parrish Santibanez (Ricky), Will Lane (fiancée Jennie), Bryan Parrish, John Lane (Christine), Ryan Evans (Logan), and Erik Evans; and six great grandchildren, Berklee, Taylor, Sophia, Reed, Arthur, and Scottie. 

Raised in Hoke County, Mr. Eubanks attended N.C. State University earning undergraduate and master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering.  In 1956, he began his career as a professional engineer with Bell Labs where he designed circuitry for missile defense systems.  After 10 years at Bell, Mr. Eubanks and his business partner founded Computer Labs, a Greensboro based technology firm specializing in analog to digital signal conversion based on his patented designs.  In 1978, Computer Labs was sold to Analog Devices which continues to thrive today as a publicly traded company. 

Mr. Eubanks was passionate about education, believing strongly that it was the foundation for career opportunity and he loved to teach.  He successfully developed educational software that was used by major textbook publishers.  He spent over 25 years as a beloved instructor at Nash Community College, teaching mathematics and engineering. 

Mr. Eubanks was honored numerous times over his career.  He, along with other top business leaders, accompanied then, North Carolina Governor Bob Scott on a trip to Russia in the early 1970’s.  In 2004, he was recognized with the outstanding teacher award by the Nash Community College Student Government Association.  In 2015, he was inducted into the NC State University’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Hall of Fame for his many professional achievements in developing innovative technologies and education.    

Known by his family as “Grandpa John", they could often find him in his office tinkering on his computer and immersed in various projects, always learning even in his later years.  He also enjoyed playing his guitar, chess, and spending time with friends.  Grandpa John had a deep faith in God and dearly loved his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, his church, and of course – his dogs.  He will be dearly missed. 

A service to celebrate the life of John will be held on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at 2:30 PM at Englewood Presbyterian Church, 100 S Englewood Drive, Rocky Mount, NC 27804.  The family will receive friends immediately following the service.  A private burial will be held at Shiloh Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Raeford, NC. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Englewood Presbyterian Church, 100 S Englewood Drive, Rocky Mount, NC 27804. 


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