Reverend David Lee Early

July 5, 2013 

Reverend David Lee Early, of Sanford, died peacefully at home on Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013. A Memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm Sunday at First Baptist Church officiated by Dr. Jeff Clark, Rev. Mike Handy and Dr. Del Parkerson. The family will greet friends following the service in the Church parlor.

Rev. Early was born May 28, 1931 in Winston Salem NC to John Harold Early and Pearl Davis Early. Rev. Early graduated from Reynolds High School, in Winston Salem, where he was a member of the "Three Mugs and a Brush" barbershop quartet. He was also a graduate of Mars Hills College, Stetson University and also studied at Baylor University. Rev. Early served as an Ordained Minister in Concord, Winston Salem, Scotland Neck, Tampa FL, Statesville, and Sanford before retiring as Associate Minister, with an emphasis on music and senior adults, from First Baptist Church of Sanford in 1996 after 22 years of service. Rev. Early was also a member of the NC Singing Men and completed mission trips to the Philippines and Brazil. Music was Reverend Early’s life. In addition to his parents, Rev. Early was predeceased by two brothers Jim Early and Paul D Early.

Rev. Early’s other interests included participating in the HOST children's reading program, serving on the boards of various faith-based community service organizations, attending the NC Symphony concerts and coordinating and driving for Triple L outings.

Rev. Early is survived by his wife of 59 years, Phyllis McCarn Early, of the residence and by his sons Wes and wife Sarah Jane Early of Greensboro and Buck and wife Robin Early of Lewisville. Also, his granddaughter Julia E Hancock and husband Dennis of Pilot Mountain and sister Miriam Early Burchette of Winston Salem, as well many nieces and nephews and a special furry companion, his cat, Rainy.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions can be made to First Baptist Church, 202 Summit Dr., Sanford, NC 27330; N.C. Symphony, 3700 Glenwood Avenue, Ste. 130, Raleigh, NC 27612; or to the American Cancer Society, 8300 Health Park, Suite10, Raleigh, North Carolina 27615.

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Arrangements are by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.

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