Donald E. Early

Published 6:25 pm Tuesday, July 2, 2019

APEX, NC – Donald Eugene Early of Apex, NC passed away at Rex Hospital in Raleigh, NC on April 20,2019.

Eugene was born Feb. 6, 1944 to Atlas and Elizabeth (Prissy) Todd Early in Colerain, NC. HIs family moved to Ahoskie when he was a year old so he grew up in Ahoskie.

He was a welder by trade, working at American Shipbuilding in Toledo, Ohio and Barbour Boat Works in New Bern, NC. He retired from Enwood Structures in Morrisville, NC where he worked for 43 years as foreman of the steel shop.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Kay Jones Early; one son, Donald Eugene Early, Jr. and wife, Heidi, of Raleigh; and three daughters, Shari (Mike) Ostrishko of Willow Springs, NC, Darlene (Greg) Godwin of Smithfield, NC, and Jeannie (Carl) Horton of Ayden, NC. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Nicki Ostrishko, Kayla Ostrishko, Bradley Brittain, Drew Godwin and Brittany Godwin; and two sisters, Ruth Early Griggs of Raleigh, NC and Margaret Early Larimer of Orlando, FL.

Following his wishes, the family did not have a typical funeral service; they gathered together on Saturday, June 15 for a private service to honor him for Father’s Day.