James R. Earley

March 7, 2010


HARRELLSVILLE-James Robert “Jimmy” Earley, Sr., age 79, of the 100 block of Apache Road, died Sunday, March 7, 2010, at his home.

Mr. Earley was born in Hertford County on October 8, 1930, a son of the late Herman Thomas and Ruby Perry Earley. He was a graduate of Harrellsville High School and graduated Valedictorian of his class. Jimmy was a member of Christian Harbor Baptist Church and was owner/operator of Earley & Winborne, peanut buyers and trucking company.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Betty Ann Edwards Earley of the home; a daughter, Cathy Earley Mann and husband Richard of Greenville, NC; two sons, James R. “Jimmy” Earley, Jr.and wife, Rhonda, and Thomas Edward “Eddie” Earley, all of Harrellsville,; two sisters, Ann Ellis of Harrellsville and Shirley Jones of Powellsville; and two brothers, Douglas “Duck” Earley of Como, and Freddie Earley of Conway, NC. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Crystal Earley, Jamie Earley, Jacob Earley, Bronson Earley, PFC Joshua Earley and Doyle Earley; and great grandchildren, Gabriel Pierce and Michael Earley.

A celebration of life service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at Harrellsville Baptist Church, with the Rev. Mark Hall and Rev. Hugh Mizelle officiating. Burial will follow in Harrellsville Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Garrett-Jones Funeral Home from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, and other times at the home. Flowers are welcome or memorial donations may be made to Univeristy Health Systems Hospice Care, POB 272, Ahoskie, NC, 27910, or to Harrellsville Baptist Church Building Fund, POB 5, Harrellsville, NC, 27942.

The family would like to express their heart appreciation to those who cared for Jimmy with love and compassion during his illness, especially Sarah Askew, Ruby Moore, Lorraine Pierce, Frances Outlaw, and Leisha Smith.

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Kitty King Bryant
13 years ago

I am sorry for your loss. My dad Sidney King and Jimmy knew each other. My mom used to buy corn every year from Jimmy. I will say a prayer for your family.

John Erwin Taylor
13 years ago

Sorry about Jimmy. I remember him with that little car he had back in the 50s, I forget what kind it was. I always liked Jimmy, though he was a good one. Duck, I remember from high school and Freddie I worked with at CF. Guess I remember most of the family if I sit down and think about it. It was a long time ago and memory doesn’t improve with age.

You folks take care.

John Taylor

Jennie Williams
13 years ago

Mrs. Betty and Family, So sorry to read about Mr. Jimmy’s passing. As a little girl I remember going to the peanut house with my Daddy and Mr. Jimmy would always make alot over me, and always had candy. He always had a smile. He’s with Jesus now and you will see him again. My thoughts and prayers are with you Little Jimmy, Eddie and Cathy and their families.

Willie Lou Holloman Bishop
13 years ago

Betty Ann and family,our thoughts and our prayers are with you. Jimmy was such a special person and friend to all. You were so good to Mother and Daddy when they were in Harrellsville. Jimmy will be greatly missed.

Freida Burch Ingram
13 years ago

So sorry to hear of Mr. Earley’s passing. I will always remember mama and daddy going to Harrellsville to Mr. Earley’s to get corn to put in the freezer. Will keep you all in our prayers.

Trish Carson
13 years ago

Aunt Shirley, we are so sorry to hear of your brother’s passing. Please know that you and the girls are in our prayers. We love ya’ll…

Betty Matthews
13 years ago

Sorry to hear of Jimmie’s passing. May he rest in peace and have a pain-free and blissful life in his Heavenly Home.