Jimmey Cleophas Early took his journey to his heavenly home on Friday, December 28, 2018.

He was born to Willie and Utha Early on February 5, 1942. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Gloria Bartlett. During his years of employment, Jim worked at Old Fort Finishing, Air Preheater Co., and Crane Resistoflex. After retirement he enjoyed working at Marion Elementary School and Pleasant Gardens Baptist Church. He was also a member of Pleasant Gardens Baptist Church. Jim was an avid collector and liked visiting flea markets and outdoor sales.

He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Martha Shirlen Early; daughter, Leah Pyatt and husband, Shannon, who were both very special to him; and one of his greatest joys was his granddaughter, Maggie Effler. They spent many hours together, and one of his most precious fulfillments was being her "Poppie." Jim is also survived by two step grandchildren, Maleia Pyatt and Shannon Pyatt, Jr.; and his sister, Anita Robertson, who was also dearly loved.

The family will greet friends from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 31, 2018, at Pleasant Gardens Baptist Church. The funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be held at Pleasant Gardens Baptist Church Cemetery with military honors provided by the United States Army. Flowers are acceptable and appreciated.

Those wishing to make a memorial donation in Jim's memory are asked to consider Pleasant Gardens Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 214 P.G. Baptist Church Road, Marion NC 28752; and/or Alzheimer's Association-Western Carolina, 4600 Park Road, Suite 250, Charlotte, NC 28209, (

Beam Funeral Service & Crematory is assisting the Early family. For further information and/or to sign the online guestbook, please visit our website,, or call (828) 559-8111.

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