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Donald Glenn Eckrote
Donald Glenn Eckrote


Donald Glenn Eckrote of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (formerly of Annandale, Virginia), died peacefully at home on May 5, 2017 surrounded by his children. He was born February 16, 1934 in Long Beach, California, the only child of Donald and Gwyneth (Wootten) Eckrote. He graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1956 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Slavic Languages.  Don then studied German at the Defense Language Institute in Monterrey, CA and served with the US Army in Germany, sparking his lifelong interest in travel and languages. Don married Virginia “Ginny” Marie O’Brien in Salem, Massachusetts on June 30th, 1962

After his 4 years in the Army, Don spent 33 years with the Central Intelligence Agency. He and Ginny retired to Myrtle Beach in 1993.

In Myrtle Beach, Don was an active member of Trinity Church where he was an usher up until his death. He also volunteered for many years with the Myrtle Beach Community Soup Kitchen.

Don’s family and friends will best remember him for his love of travel, music, entertaining and his garden. Don had a great sense of humor and enjoyed spending time with family and friends over a martini or a good glass of wine and a gourmet meal which he often prepared.  

Don lost his wife Ginny in 1998. He is survived by his three sons Mark D. Eckrote (Peggy Kemmerly Eckrote) of Suwanee, Georgia, Michael G. Eckrote (Christy Blue Eckrote) of Prosper, Texas, and Andrew E. Eckrote of Alexandria, Virginia and five grandchildren Caroline K. Eckrote and Katherine V. Eckrote of Suwanee, Georgia and Jordan E. Eckrote, Rachel M. Eckrote, and James G. Eckrote of Prosper, Texas.

A memorial service will be held at Trinity Church in Myrtle Beach on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 2:00 pm followed by a reception at the church. Interment will be at Ocean Woods Cemetery after the service and reception. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Trinity Church or your favorite charity. McMillan-Small Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.  

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Wayne Williams - USMC
Longs, SC

Thanks for your service Soldier !!!
Wayne Williams
United States Marine Corps

Juan Alicea
Myrtle Beach

My Condolences and Prayers For The ECkrote Family!

Emily Reed Anderson
Auckland, New Zealand

A wonderful man and friend, Don was always so cheerful and so very generous. Our family will miss him very much. Prayers for you all. Matthew 5:4 - Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Elise Reed
Myrle Beach

Don's obit really captured the essence of our dear friend. He was kind and generous to everyone and will be sorely missed.

Betty Laine

Your dad was so comfortable to be around. We have know them since 1977. It was such a pleasure to be around him. He was always smiling as he talked about his recent travels. My deepest sympathies to your family. Betty Laine

Charles and Sheila Myers
Myrtle Beach, SC

Your Father was a wonderful man with a kind and gentle soul. He was loved by all and will be deeply missed. Deepest sympathies and comfort.

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