Roger D. Earley

Apr 15, 2014

Dearly Loved

CANTON — Roger Dale Earley, 70, of Circle Drive, beloved husband, daddy and brother, passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014.

Mr. Earley was born Nov. 19, 1943, in Haywood County to the late Rev. Frank Earley and Lura Belle Wells Earley. He was a lifelong resident of Haywood County and was a U. S. Air Force veteran, having honorably served in Vietnam and was a member of VFW Canton Post 5198. To honor his fellow veterans, Roger could often be found helping with the mowing maintenance of the military section at Bon-A-Venture Cemetery and placing U.S. flags to honor the military service of deceased veterans. He also enjoyed military history and was a Civil War enthusiast.

Roger was a former employee of American Enka Corporation for 23 years and was also employed with Champion International and Blue Ridge Paper for 30 dedicated years. He was a devoted member of Beulah Baptist Church in Canton and had served as a member of the Beulah Baptist Brotherhood and Firewood Ministry Crew. Roger truly had a kind and caring heart and he loved all animals, especially caring for birds and squirrels. He was also a racing fan and was a member and mechanic with the Earley Electric Racing Team. Roger loved his family deeply and his precious daughter was indeed his pride and joy. Everyone blessed to know Roger Dale loved him and he will be deeply missed by all of his family and many friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Mary Earley, Martha Earley, Zelda Adams and Frankie Gooch, and a brother, Roy Earley.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 21 years, Barbara Benfield Earley, of Canton; his daughter, Sasha Reece, and her husband, Matthew Reece, of Maggie Valley; brothers, David “Bud” Earley, and his wife, Connie Earley, of South Carolina, and Danny Earley, and his wife, Judy Earley, of Canton; brothers-in-law, Ruben Adams, of Canton, and Tommy Gooch, of Clyde; a sister-in-law, Hazel Earley, of South Carolina.

The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at Beulah Baptist Church with pastor Barry Clark officiating. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the funeral service. Burial with military honors will follow at Bon-A-Venture Cemetery on Old Clyde Road.

Memorials may be made in Mr. Earley’s memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4200 Morganton Road, Suite 300, Fayetteville, NC 28314.

Crawford/Ray Funeral Home is honored to be caring for the Earley Family and words of comfort may be shared at

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