April 24, 1979 – December 29, 2014
Eric graduated from Chattanooga School for Arts and Sciences in 1997, then attended Northwestern University where he graduated in 2001 with a BA in dance and sociology. After graduation, Eric was a professional dancer with Hedwig Dances (and also served as production manager), Same Planet, Different World, Mordine & Company Dance Theater, and Thodos Dance Chicago until an injury caused him to change his career path. He became vice president of Chicago’s Silverman Group public relations, where he was principal publicist for the Joffrey Ballet. Eric was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Bruce D. Hunt; and paternal grandparents, Lt Col Joseph and Kay Eatherly. He was loved and will be greatly missed by those who survive him, including his partner of 11 years, Jay Leibovitz, of Chicago; mother, Nancy Follis, of Chattanooga; and father, Joseph Eatherly M.D., of Knoxville.