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1935 Joe 2017

Joe Louis Earley

April 9, 1935 — February 22, 2017

Loving Man with a Dimple and warm Smile!

Proverbs 15:30 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart;

Joe Louis Earley, son of the late William Henry Earley and late Rebecca Alston was born on April 9, 1935 in Woodland, North Carolina. He departed this life on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.

Joe Earley received his education and graduated from North Carolina Public Schools. He moved to Baltimore, MD where he met and married the late Rev. Mary Ruth Earley. During their union six children were born.

He was employed as a long distance truck driver, driving from many different states. Joe also worked for the City of Norfolk as a truck driver then went to work as a Linesman at Virginia Electric and Power (Dominion) where he retired.

Joe was a blessed man to have found love twice in a lifetime. He met Lorraine Blackmon and they were united in marriage on Aug 29, 2011. Joe and Lorraine loved to travel. They have been to many places including HolyLand, Bahamas, Disneyland, & Canada.  Joe loved helping others and took pride in driving people around to do errands.

He is survived by his loving wife, Lorraine Earley, and six children:  Ernest Earley (Nancy), Dinita Jackson (Everett), Adriene White, Reginald Earley (Janice), Jacqueline Brown (DuShawn), Joseph Earley (Marilynn).  Six step children: Paula Albright, Christi Moore, Dorothy Doris (Roydell), Noel Blackmon, Theodore Blackmon Jr.(Joy), Kim Blackmon, sister-in-law, Rev. Beulah Earley. His legacy will continue to live on through a host of his grandchildren, great grandchildren, as well as cousins, nieces and nephews, and friends.


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Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, March 3, 2017

1:00 - 9:00 pm (Eastern time)

Greenlawn Memorial Cemetery

2700 Parish Ave, Newport News, VA 23607

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Funeral Service

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

E. Vaughn Wray Funeral Establishment

5873 Poplar Hall Dr, Norfolk, VA 23502

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