COFIELD, NC – James Michael “Hoss” Earley, age 67, passed away on October 28, 2020 at his home.
Michael was born in Hertford County, NC, on January 10, 1953, a son of the late Donald Jackson and Jacqueline Barnhill Earley. “Hoss” was a skilled HVAC contractor and Plumber and was proud to have served his community for over 25 years, both working and teaching his skill to others at RCCC and TCC. He was a graduate of Ahoskie High School where he played football and was part of the team that were State Champions in 1970. “Hoss” adored his grandchildren and enjoyed spending time at the beach with family and friends and deep-sea fishing. Known for his witty sense of humor, he will be missed greatly by all who knew him.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Jackson Earley, Jr.
Left to cherish his memory is his devoted, loving wife of 44 years Barbara Hodges Earley, two daughters, Katherine Earley of Colerain, NC, and Jacqueline Earley of Cofield, NC; his grandson, James Proffitt; and his granddaughter, Olivia Grace Proffitt; two sisters, Susan Earley of Colerain, NC, and Juanita Fleming, and husband, George of Concord, NC; sister-in-law, Nancy Blanton Earley of Knightdale, NC; and several nieces and nephews.
A private memorial service will be held later.
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Earley family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting www.garrettsykesfs.com.
I AM THE SISTER OF JAY MITCHELL. ALTHOUGH I DIDN’T KNOW HOSS, I LEARNED ABOUT JAY. I AM EXTREMELY SORRY FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY. HIS MOTHER WAS JUST PRECIOUS AND HIS SISTER, SUSAN. I AM PRAYING FOR ALL OF YOU! ANN LADD
Barbara and family so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. I pray for comfort and peace to all.
So very sorry to hear that Hoss passed away. He was a fun guy. Have some great memories of Hoss and of Don. We had some fun times together. My thoughts and prayers to Barbara and the extended family.
Barbara and family l was sorry to here this news. Mike was a good friend and his whole family has been a pleasure to know. God bless you all
Barbara and family, My heart is sad to hear of Mike’s passing. Praying for comfort.
Hoss was one of a kind, so sorry to hear this. Love and hugs to you all.
So sorry to hear this news. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God give you peace and comfort, Phyllis
I am so sorry to see this. My thoughts & sincere sympathy is with you & your family.
I am so sorry to see this. My thoughts & sincere sympathy are with you & your family.
Barbara, Katherine, and Jacqueline,
How sad for you that you have lost a husband, father, and grandfather. Loss is tough, and I hope that over time you gain strength from your memories and from friends and family. The passing of time may help to ease your loss. I remember Mike’s laugh, his smile, and his kindness when serving others with HVAC and plumbing – I know he helped me on more than one occasion when I needed it. I am thinking of you at this sad time and regret that I am in FL, and not close enough to cook a meal and stop by and spend time. You will be in my thoughts and if there is anything I can do from a distance, don’t hesitate to reach out, Sue