Mrs. Lena Allen Early, 93, of Wilmington, NC, was called from her home into the presence of her Heavenly Father November 3, 2011. Mrs. Early was born September 15, 1918 in Fort Valley, Georgia, the daughter of Walter G. and Leslie Hall Allen.
She was a devoted servant of her Lord Jesus Christ, and the precious and much loved wife of Dr. Paul Davis Early. She graduated from Tift College and earned her MRE at Southern Theological Seminary, where she and Paul first met. Mrs. Early partnered with Dr. Early in pastorates in Kentucky; Red Springs, NC; Emporia, VA; and Greensboro,NC. Lena was a wonderful teacher and used her many gifts in each church, in the Greensboro city schools, and later on the mission field in the Bahamas, Trinidad, and Barbados, where she and Paul served together.
Surviving, besides her husband, are one son, Paul D. Early, Jr. and wife Linda for Winston Salem, two daughters, Miriam Picklesimer and husband John of Wilmington, Martha Rodenbeck and husband Fred of Highlands. Also surviving are Dave Early and KT Early; Leslie, Chris, Christopher, and Libby Plasky; John and Ashley Picklesimer; Christy and Dan Johnson; Rick, Leah, and Reed Rodenbeck.
Her life will be celebrated at 1 PM, Saturday, November 5, 2011 at College Acres Baptist on Eastwood Road, led by Dr. Andy Ickes.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts should be sent to the International Mission Board, PO Box 6767, Richmond, VA 23230-0767.
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