Born in Fort Smith, Arkansas on April 2, 1921 to John Wittfield Early and Elizabeth Mae Allstot (both deceasesd). Married Melba Beeny Hobbs (deceased) on July 28, 1945. He returned to his Heavenly home on December 19, 2007.\n\nHe is survived by his children; Leroy and Mary, Marty and Linda, Lorraine and Arden, and Terry. 14 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. 2 sisters; Lucille (Louisiana) and Christine (Texas).\n\nSpecial thanks and appreciation to: Richard and June Flynn, Sharon Chalmers and family. Friends at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center and Avalon Valley Care Center. \n\nA viewing will be held on Wednesday, December 26, 2007 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 South State, Murray, Utah. The funeral will be held on Thursday, December 27, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at Salt Lake Christian Center, 4300 South 700 East. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Midvale City Cemetery.\n\nIn lieu of flowers please make donations to the Salt Lake City Rescue Mission.