AKRON-James A. Bailey and Charles A. Eaves Jr., former executive vice presidents of Goodyear, both died recently. Mr. Bailey, also a former president of Goodyear's North American tire operations, died of cancer April 3 at his home in Williamsburg, Va. He was 66.
Mr. Eaves, who retired from Goodyear in 1977, died of cancer March 31 in Naples, Fla. He was 79.
Mr. Bailey, who retired in 1988, joined the tire maker's industrial products division in 1952. In 1962, he was transferred to Goodyear's Kelly-Springfield Tire Co. subsidiary and was named vice president of Kelly-brand sales a year later.
He eventually rose to the position of vice president of marketing before returning to Goodyear in 1977 as an original equipment tire sales account executive in Detroit. He became director of OE tire marketing in Akron in 1980, the position he held prior to being elected president of North American tire operations in 1984.
Survivors include his wife, Maurine; four daughters; and four grandchildren.
Mr. Eaves entered the tire business as part of a college training program following his graduation from Temple University in 1935, and early in his career worked as a territory sales manager and managed a company-owned tire store.
After a three-year stint in the Navy, 1942-45, he returned to the tire business and held a variety of merchandising and sales management posts, eventually becoming vice president of sales at Mansfield Tire Co.
He joined Goodyear in 1956, moving through the ranks as assistant manager of petroleum sales, manager of petroleum sales and assistant to the vice president with responsibility for special marketing projects.
He was appointed sales manager of the Tire Division in 1962, manager of tire departments in 1963 and elected vice president of replacement tire sales in 1964.
He was elected an executive vice president and named to Goodyear's board in 1969.
Before his retirement, Mr. Eaves served as chairman of the Highway Users Federation for Safety and Mobility and was a director of the U.S. Council of Better Business Bureaus and the National Business Council for Consumer Affairs.
Survivors include his wife, Helen; three children; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.