Reverend Julius Edgar Early-February 28, 2011

Reverend Julius Edgar Early, 81, of Amarillo died on Monday, February 28, 2011.
Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 4, 2011 at Polk St. United Methodist Church with Reverend Lane Boyd and Reverend Todd Dyess officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Julius was born on January 11, 1930 in Chillicothe, Texas. He joined the U. S. Army at age 15, served in Germany and Korea.  In 1953 he married Polly Shepard and attended Indiana Tech, receiving a BS in Chemical Engineering in 1956.  Julius  worked for Phillips Petroleum Company in Borger, Texas from 1956 to 1967. He then was called to Christian ministry and attended St. Paul Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri 1967-1970, receiving a Master’s of Divinity in May 1970.
He served churches in Kansas City, Mo., Galena, KS., Sacramento, Ca., Dumas, TX., Amarillo-Wesley UMC, Lamesa, Miami, Shamrock, Stamford, Colorado City, Amarillo-San Jacinto UMC, Turkey, Quitaque, and Fritch.  He was very active in the Emmaus Community in Midland and Amarillo. He served in many capacities in the Northwest Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Julius was manager of the NWT/NM Federal Credit Union for United Methodist pastors and families from 1980-2000.
He married DaOnne Ehlers in December 2007 in Amarillo, TX. Julius was a member of Polk Street United Methodist Church and the 50/50 Sunday School Class. He was also a member of the Downtown Lions Club from 2005 to present.
He was preceded in death by his first wife of 51 years, Polly Early, his sisters, Rebecca Glendene Dunson and Vera Coleman, his brothers, Jubal Early, Joseph Early, James Morgan Early, Milton Early and his parents, Benjamin and Mary Belle Early.
Survivors include his wife, DaOnne Ehlers Early; two daughters, Glenna Hatley and husband Jimmy of Amarillo, Theresa Early and husband Doug Mooney of Columbus, Ohio; his grandchildren: Jeremy Hatley of Amarillo and Shanna Hatley of Mesquite, TX; a sister: Lucy Morris of Amarillo; a brother: Larry Early of  Burkeville, TX; Stepchildren, Ken Ehlers and wife Margaret of Tulsa, OK, Maudie Green and husband John of Grand Rapids, MI; step grandchildren, Mitchell Green and wife Lisa of New York City, NY, William Green and wife Abbey of Louisville, KY, Peter Ehlers of Houston, TX and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Polk St. United Methodist Church Building Fund, 1401 S. Polk St. Amarillo, TX 79101.

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