Mr. Earl was born on March 10, 1931 to A.J. and Mayme B. Earl at Nesbitt, Mo. On April 15, 1950, he married Dollie M. Rushing. They had two children, Susan Diane and Glenn Alan.
Mr. Earl served in the United States Army from January 1952 to December 1953. After that, he served eight years of Army Reserve duty. While in the Army, he served in the Korean War with the 40th Infantry Division. After his term, Mr. Earl was awarded several honors including: Korean Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars, United Nations Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Bronze Star Medal.
After serving in the Army, Mr. Earl graduated from Jonesboro Business College in 1957. Mr. Earl started his banking career by working for the FHA and PCA for 12 years. Then he worked at Senath State Bank for 20 years. During his last five years of service to Senath State Bank, he served as a very compassionate and fair Bank President. Mr. Earl retired in March 1989 and farmed for one year.
Mr. Earl was a life long member of the Senath United Methodist Church, a member of American Legion Post 303 and a member of the Hornersville Masonic Lodge 215.
Mr. Earl is survived by his wife, Dollie and two children; Susan Diane and her husband, Stanley Peace and Glenn Alan and his wife, Angela Earl, all of Senath. Also, one grandchild, April Michelle and her husband, Jimmy Aldridge, of Kennett and two great-grandchildren, Austin James and Morgan Danielle Aldridge, of Kennett and two step-grandchildren, Matthew Joseph, of Atlanta, Ga. and Heather Ann, of Springfield, Mo. Also surviving is a very special aunt, Betty Scott, of Senath and special Friend, D.W. Wilson, as well as amny other relatives and friends.
A Masonic Service was held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 30.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. today, Thursday, May 1, at the Senath United Methodist Church in Senath with the Rev. Gene West officiating.
Burial with full military rites was held at the Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Kennett.
Pallbearers were Don Bost, Marty Miller, Greg Gibson, Gerald Gentry, Jr., Don Ozbun, Mitchell Rushing and Josh Gibson.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Senath American Legion Post 303 and his Sunday School Class.
Memorials may be made to the American Institute for Cancer, 1759 R Street N.W., P.O. Box 97167, Washington, DC 20090-7167.
McDaniel Funeral Home of Senath was in charge of arrangements.