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EARLS, Joe HobsonA resident of Nashville for over 60 years, passed away August 25, 2013 in Knoxville, TN at the age of 88. He was born in Westmoreland, TN to the late Chester Hobson Earls and Ethel Mae Earls. He served as a radio operator in the Navy during World War II on the USS Enterprise. After the war, he attended UT Knoxville where he graduated with a degree in Accounting. There he met the love of his life, Edith Ridley, whom he married in 1951. Joe went on to work as an accountant with Hoover Motor Express, Johnson Freight Lines and Metro Davidson County Water Dept., before becoming a district manager for the Newspaper Printing Corp. (Nashville Banner/Tennessean), where he was district manager of the year in 1982 and retired in 1987. During these years, he was active in the Green Hills Civitan Club, serving as Secretary and Vice President, and the Melrose Civitan Club, where he also served as Secretary. He was a Deacon at Second Presbyterian Church before becoming a long term member of First Presbyterian Church where he and Edith taught Sunday School together. Joe and Edith enjoyed 59 wonderful years of marriage before her passing in 2010. Through the years they were both avid UT sports fans, loved to read and work crossword puzzles together. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, and brother, Franklin. He is survived by his children, Jeffrey Earls, Amy (George Miller) Earls and Elaine (Eric) Zeanah; grandchildren, Elijah (Sarah) Earls, Laurie (J.J. Westmoreland) Earls, Heather Earls, David (Caitlin) Zeanah and Catharine Zeanah, and great-grandchild, Mackenzie Zeanah. He is also survived by brothers, Lawrence (Martha) Earls and Monroe Earls, and brother-in-law, William Ridley, as well as sister-in-law, Natalie Shearin. The funeral service will be held at First Presbyterian Church Chapel at noon on Thursday, August 29th, with visitation before in the Cheek House beginning at 10:30 a.m. Graveside service will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Pike, Nashville, TN 37220. MOUNT OLIVET FUNERAL HOME, (615) 255-4193.
Published in The Tennessean on Aug. 28, 2013