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Joseph Lester Early

July 8, 1938 - May 31, 2017

Joseph Lester Early, 78, passed away on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at his home in Oak City.

Lester was born on July 8, 1938 in Oak City, NC to the late Henry Audgon Early and Leona Newton Early.  He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.  Lester graduated from NC State University and worked as a log procurement agent for several companies.  He attended Scotland Neck United Methodist Church and was an avid fisherman and golfer.  One of his favorite activities was watching his grandchildren play ball.

Lester is survived by his beloved wife, Arlene Newton Early; his daughters, Celeste Early Marini and husband Jimmy of Westwood, NJ and Gina Early Holliman and husband Andy of Stokes; his son, Joseph Lester Early, II and wife Sheila of Oak City; his grandchildren, Joseph Gage Parrish, Ian Tyler Marini, and Alex Liam Marini; and his great-grandson, Jaxon James Parrish.

A private service will be held.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made directly to the Alzheimer’s Association or online by clicking here.

Letchworth Funeral Home is handling the arrangements for the Early family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

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