Jim Earls, 78

Born: Sat., Aug. 8, 1942
Died: Mon., Jun. 14, 2021


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., Jun. 17, 2021
Location: Washburn & Dorsey Funeral and Cremation Service

Funeral Service

4:00 PM Fri., Jun. 18, 2021
Location: Oak Grove United Methodist Church

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James Blaine (Jim) Earls, 78, of Ellenboro, died Monday, June 14, 2021 at Atrium Health, Cleveland.  
He was the son of the late Richard Blaine Earls, Sue Owens Earls Gettys, and Benny Gettys and was a native of Rutherford County.  In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his sister, Alice Gettys; brother-in-law, Bobby Scoggins; nephew, John Billingsley; nieces, Cindy Scoggins Stone, Julia Elaine Scoggins, Mary Ann Kelly; father and mother in-law, Clemmer and Jessie Thomas; and many good friends.  
He was a graduate of Chase High School and worked briefly in textiles, as a lineman for Pike Electric, and for 34 years at PPG industries.  He grew up a poor country boy and learned the value of hard work at an early age and was proud of his nearly 30 years perfect attendance at PPG.
Jim was a man of strong faith and loved his church, Oak Grove, and church family.  He was active in Methodist Men, the Fellowship Bible Class, served as head usher for many years, and was Layperson of the Year in 2000.  Jim was always ready to help where he was needed.  He loved his adopted church family in Closplint, Kentucky.
He loved the outdoors, fishing, mountain and beach trips, and friends and family gatherings.  Jim enjoyed the simple things in life like television, good meals, or just a ride to look at cars, tractors, pastures, cows, or elk.  Jim faced many health issues in the past fifteen years and faced them with dignity, grace, acceptance, and courage.  Jim was the best PawPaw in the world.  He was a good man.
Jim is survived by his wife, Lucy Earls; son Jamie Earls; daughter and son-in-law, Jennie and Jason Greenway; sisters, Cathy Corn (Houston) and Mattie Scoggins; brothers, Tommy Earls (Cathey); Ben Gettys, Jr. (Laurice); and Raymond Gettys (Sandra); and the greatest joy of his life, his grandchildren, Jessie Greenway, Will Greenway, Emma Earls, and Patrick Waters; sister-in-law, Anne Billingsley and her husband Bob; 21 nephews and nieces; 41 great nephews and nieces; 10 great, great nephews and nieces, and many special friends.
Funeral services will be conducted at 4:00 on Friday, June18, 2021, at Oak Grove United Methodist Church with Rev. Chris Glawson and Rev. David Hawkins officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  Pallbearers are Ed Benfield, Doug Biggerstaff, Chris Billingsley, Richard Billingsley, Russ Foote, Ronnie Harrill, Ronald Hutchins, and Johnny Sisk.
Visitation will be from 5:00 until 7:00 on Thursday evening, June 17, at Washburn & Dorsey Funeral Home in Bostic.
Memorials may be made to Oak Grove United Methodist Church, 1507 Oak Grove Church Road, Ellenboro, NC, 28040 designated to the Kentucky Mission Fund or United Methodist Men.
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   Posted Wed June 16, 2021

Tradition and Splendor Basket was sent by Colleen Biggerstaff and Johnny .

Sending love and prayers, Colleen Biggerstaff and Johnny & Amie Sisk

Jennifer Halverson
   Posted Wed June 16, 2021

Spring's Bounty Basket was sent by Jennifer and Sam Halverson.

Ben and Laurice Gettys
   Posted Wed June 16, 2021
So sorry for the family's loss. He was such a kind and loving person to all he knew and loved. Anyone that had the pleasure to know him and his family, whether kin or friend were lucky for that. He is truly going to be missed by many. We pray for the family to give them strength to get through this hard time. Love to all!

Cline and Jo Pyatt
   Posted Wed June 16, 2021
We treasure our visits, mostly around a table somewhere and we came to love Jim. Your entire family should know our love and sympathy is extended to each of you on the loss of this wonderful man.

Jon Spratt
   Posted Wed June 16, 2021
I was saddened to hear of Jim's passing. Our families have been friends for many years. I pray that peace and comfort will come to Mrs. Earls, Jamie, Jennie, and all of the family during this time.

Daniel and Erika Crawford
   Posted Wed June 16, 2021
Praying for the family

Anita Short
   Posted Thu June 17, 2021
I am so sorry for the loss, we will miss seeing him when you all travel to Closplint Church of God, I sure enjoy your visits, I am praying for all of you and I pray the Lord will give each of you comfort in this sad time, we love you all, prayers for everyone

James Crosland
   Posted Thu June 17, 2021
We offer our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. We pray for peace and comfort for you and your loved ones at this difficult time and offer our condolences to you all. His gentle soul will always be in our hearts. Jim and Carolyn Crosland

Suzanne Gibson
   Posted Thu June 17, 2021
Lucy, So sorry to be losing another classmate. I held James in high regard. James and Darrell grew up near each other. Darrell says he always knew him as a "good guy" I'm praying God's comfort to your entire family.

Doug Huntley, Laurinburg, NC
   Posted Thu June 24, 2021
Lucy, I'm sorry to learn of the passing of your husband. May many precious memories and God's Grace bring you comfort in the coming days.

Evelyn Langley
   Posted Mon June 28, 2021
So sorry to hear about you loss, Lucy and for your family as well. You are in my prayers.

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