Christianity does not exempt one from death. Christianity only insures triumph over death.
Jesus died, Paul died, Moses died and we all must die. There is no other way of entrance into our Heavenly Father’s House. Death is a joyful messenger of peace whose kind hands open to the weary pilgrim the gates of immortality and let the oppressed go free.
To a loving and Christian home, December 21, 1964 at UNC Hospital, Chapel Hill, NC, Earl Delaney Lea was born to Earl Lea and Sylvan Mitchell Lea. And on Friday evening, September 13, 2019, Earl was called to join his mother Sylvan, his father Earl and his brother Anthony to eternal rest.
Early in life, Earl professed his belief that Jesus Christ was the Son of God and that same Jesus died for his sins. And thus Earl was baptized, and joined the Providence Missionary Baptist Church, Yanceyville North Carolina,
Earl was raised on the family farm and loved it dearly. It was on that farm where he developed a meek spirit, kind heart and infectious smile. In 1983, Earl graduated from Bartlett Yancey Senior High School. There, he played football and ran track. Earl received multiple certificates of recognition for outstanding athleticism. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp Reserve. He also attended Durham Technical College to further his education. Lastly, Earl worked for many years as an I-Car Master Auto Body Technician.
Earl is survived by his wife, Teresa Curry Lea. To cherish his memory is one daughter, Marcia Nicole Lea of Charlotte, NC., three sons, Kent Miles (Stacia) of Roxboro, NC; JaMar Miles (Andrea) of Suffolk, VA; and Noah Lea of Durham, NC.
He will be remember dearly by eight sisters: Minnie Trent of Fredericksburg, VA; Sylvia Lea of Blanch, NC; Viola Graves of Suitland, MD; Virginia Williams of Raleigh, NC; Helen Patterson of High Point, NC; Elaine Freeman (Glenn) of Raleigh, NC; Peggy Douglas (Aaron) of Newark DE; and Vanessa Richardson (Tony) of Charlotte, NC. Also cherishing Earl’s memory is his brother Alphonso Lea (Maria) of High Point, NC. There are two grandchildren and two aunts along with his nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
"Celebration of Life"
Earl Delaney Lea
December 21, 1964 September 13, 2019