BAY SPRINGS, MS  — Rev. Herman E. (Gene) Early, 71 died Monday  April 6, 2009.
Funeral services were held at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, April 9, at Mt. Vernon Congregational Methodist Church in Laurel, Mississippi. Interment followed in the Ellisville, MS. Cemetery.
After suffering many years with Huntington’s Chorea disease, the Rev. Early went to be with his Lord, Monday April 6, 2009.

The Rev. Early was born January 19, 1938 in Brady, TX, moved to Eldorado as a very young boy with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.N. Early. During his high school days, Gene (also known as “Herk”, was an employee of Parker Foods. The meat department was his love, but he worked throughout the store, including using his artistic abilities as the many signs displayed on the front windows. Gene’s father was an employee of the city for many years, working first in the street department and later working as the night watchman, until he was disabled because of Huntington’s Chorea disease. Both of Rev. Early’s parents are buried in Eldorado cemetery.


The Rev. Early attended the Eldorado School 12 years, playing football, as well as tennis and other sports for the Eagles. May 25, 1956 he was married to Lanelle cox, who also graduated from Eldorado High School. Lanelle’s father, Rev. O.D. Cox, organized and pastored the Eldorado Congregational Methodist Church.
Along with Lanelle, Rev. Early is survived by two children and seven grandchildren. Kathy and Tony Gilbert and their two children, Bryce and Bailey, live in Stringer, MS. Kenneth and Natalie Early and their five children, Jade, Jordan, Jamie, Nick and Emma Claire, live in Laurel, MS. He is also survived by one sister -in-law, Lizzie Mae Early of Crane, TX, Lanelle’s brothers and sisters, along with many nieces and nephews. The Rev. Early was preceded in death by all 6 of his brothers and sisters as well as his parents, Mr. & Mrs. J.N. Early of Eldorado, TX.

A loving pastor in the Congregational Methodist Church for 42 years, the Rev. Early pastored in Texas and Mississippi. His longest tenure was in Jones county, MS where he pastored the Mt. Vernon Congregational Methodist Church for 20 years.

The Rev. Boyd Bonee of Muscle Shoals, AL delivered the message for the Rev. Early’s  memorial service. Other Ministers, family, and friends shared in the service. All ministers present, plus all men present from the Tula Rosa Congregational Methodist Church were honorary pallbearers.
Rev. Early’s wife, Lanelle, resides at 65 County Road 1713, Bay Spring, MS 39422