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09/26/14 - NNHS Newsletter - Bill Early

 William L. Early
(17 Feb 1931 - 23 Sept 2014)

Newport News High School Class of @ 1949

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
 We have even more sad news to report today.   Bill Early, Class of @ 1949, passed away in Newport News on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at the age of 83. 

From the Daily Press - 09/26/14:

                         William L. Early
      NEWPORT NEWS - Heaven rejoiced at the homecoming of William L. Early, September 23, 2014, Bill was born in Newport News, Virginia on February 17, 1931.

After graduating from Newport News High School, he served his country in the U.S. Army and served in Korea. He retired from the C & O Railroad after 43 years. Bill was a member of the Masonic Lodge for 50 years and Warwick Moose Lodge for 35 years.

Bill was a lifelong member of Northside Christian Church. Bill is survived by his wife Shirley Bunting Early, his two children; son, W. Kent Early and his wife, Mandy; his daughter, Cheryl Ann Early; three grandchildren, Sydney Nicole Early, Christopher Dalton Early and Harbour Louanna Early; brother, Valrey (Bud) Early and his wife, Bonnie; four sisters-in-law: Sarah Atkins, Elizabeth Tasker, Katheryn Deihl, and Beckie Midgett; and brother-in-law, Frank Fisher; also many nieces and nephews.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Valrey L. Early and Mildred F. Early, and his wife of 43 years, Louanna Fisher Early.

Bill Early

The family would like to thank the nurses, staff and hospice staff at York Convalescent Home for all the care they gave Bill during his time there.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, September 27th at Peninsula Funeral Home, from 4:00 - 5:30 pm. The service will be Sunday, September 28th at Northside Christian Church at 2:00. Burial will follow at Peninsula Memorial at gravesite. Refreshments at the church from 1:30-2:00.

Expressions of sympathy may take place in the form of contributions to Northside Christian Church Building Fund, 1300 George Washington Memorial Highway, Yorktown, VA 23693. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on September 26, 2014.
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September 26, 2014

Bill was a longtime true and trusted friend always ready to help others and always ready to hit the dance floor. He made sure everyone was having fun and we will never forget you, my friend. Prayers to the family of a wonderful and loving man.

~ J and J Hart, Williamsburg, Virginia

  Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Early family and their friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

 Onward Christian Soldiers

Words by Sabine Baring Gould in Church Times, 1865

Music (St. Gertrude) by Arthur S. Sullivan, 1871

Onward Christian soldiers,
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before!
Christ, the royal Master,
Leads against the foe;
Forward into battle,
See His banner go!

Onward, Christian soldiers,
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before!

2. At the sign of triumph
Satan's host doth flee;
On, then, Christian soldiers,
On to victory!
Hell's foundation quiver
At the shout of praise;
Brothers, lift your voices,
Loud your anthems raise!

3. Like a mighty army
Moves the church of God;
Brothers, we are treading
Where the saints have trod;
We are not divided;
All one body we
One in hope and doctrine,
One in charity.

4. Onward, then, ye people,
Join our happy throng,
Blend with ours your voices
In the triumph song;
Glory, laud, and Honor,
Unto Christ the King;
This thro' countless ages
Men and angels sing.

"Onward Christian Soldiers" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 04/16/07

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 01/27/05

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

Masonic Emblem courtesy of - 06/15/07

Moose Lodge Logo courtesy of - 11/24/08

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