John W. Eley, Sr.

Published 3:26 pm Thursday, April 28, 2022

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WINTON – John W. Eley, Sr. (88) the son of the late Daisy and Lula Scott Eley departed his earthly life to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at Vidant Hospital in Greenville, NC.

He was a native of Hertford County where he received his formal education in the public schools and graduated from C.S. Brown High School. He was a life-long farmer in Winton, NC until his retirement. Mr. Eley was a dedicated member of New Bethany Missionary Baptist Church where he served as Minister of Music for over 60 years. Mr. Eley’s ministry of music was not limited to New Bethany, he also played the piano and organ for many other choirs and churches in Hertford County, Northampton County, Gates County and Bertie County. Because of his devotion to his music and widespread musical acclaim, he was often affectionately referred to as the “Maestro”. Mr. Eley was also well known for his staunch dedication to his family and his love of exchanging jokes with everyone. Mr. Eley’s friendship, hearty laughter and ever-present toothpick will be missed by those who knew him well.

Left to cherish his memories are his children, John W. Eley Jr. (Beverly), Durham, NC, Jeanetta R. Johnson (LeRoi), Bowie, MD, Jamison D. Eley (Wanda), Winton, NC, and Jasmine E. Anthony (Demitrius), Ft. Washington, MD; his grandchildren, Katheryne Shoemaker (Ben), LeRoi A. Johnson III, McKenna J. Anthony, Morgan B. Anthony, and Maryssa L. Anthony; brother-in-law, Johnny Thomas; sister-in-law, Esther C. Cross; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Janice Boone Eley; one brother, Mr. Daisy Eley; and three sisters, Mrs. Arie Brown, Mrs. Laura Ricks and Mrs. Althea Thomas.

There will be a Wake on Saturday, April 30 at 5-7 p.m. at New Bethany Missionary Baptist Church. Homegoing services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday May 1, 2022 at New Bethany Missionary Baptist Church. Masks must be worn at all times.

Hertford County Undertakers, Winton, is handling the arrangements.