03/15/17  Kermit Simmons Early, Jr. Memorial Announcement

June 13, 1939 - December 14, 2016

Memorial services for Kermit Earley, Jr. will be held at Zion Baptist Church in Fordyce, Arkansas on Thursday March 16th, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 pm.


Born to Reverend Kermit Earley, Sr. and Mildred Earley, Kermit grew up in Fordyce, Arkansas with his siblings, friends, and community.  As a young man, he worked at the local Kilgore Brothers and in carpentry and painting with his father.  He graduated from Fordyce High School in 1957 a Redbug during the famed 37-game winning streak under Coach "Red" Parker.  Following graduation, he served our great nation in the Army National Guard and the US Air Force in the Korean War.  Later work included highline and underground electrical with AP&L and Ledbetter Electrical.  He worked projects including the Calion Lock and Dam, and worked for Georgia Pacific before relocating to Texas in 1983 working with Sammons Construction in the upstart community of The Woodlands, Texas.  Kermit's exceptional standards and understanding of the work earned him the respect and admiration of those working with him.  In 2004 he settled in Round Rock, Texas upon retirement.  Kermit has been an exceptional family man and provider, deeply loved by his children and grandchildren and all who had the privilege to know him in this life.

Mr. Earley is survived by daughter Laurie Sivik and husband Duane, daughter Leslie Keeler Sanny and husband John, son Eric Earley and wife Mandy, and brother Michael Joe Earley and wife Earlene, Dorothy Earley Kettle, step daughters Susan Byars and Becky Cash.  He leaves for the time six grandchildren, Christian McCall, Ashley Keeler, Andrew Sanny, Jacob Earley, Avery Earley, and Joshua Earley, two step-grands Lindsey Byars Smith and Shea Steelman Rourk.  He is preceeded in death by parents Kermit and Mildred Earley, sister Betty Lou Earley, sister Ann Shipman, and beloved grandson Brandon Chase McCall.

Thursday March 16th, 2017, following the private family burial, a public memorial service will be held at Zion Baptist Church in Fordyce, Arkansas from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm where family and friends may gather to share remembrance.