Jack Franklin Earl, affectionately known as Daddy Jack, 84, passed away on Monday, May 3, 2021 at Brightmoor Hospice after a short illness.
He was born on September 16, 1936 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Jack was preceded in death by the love of his life and wife of 45 years, Johnnie Hager Earl; his parents, Daniel Earl and Neil Mendenhall Earl; two brothers, Tony Earl and Danny Earl; and son-in law, John Carter. Jack was a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather. He retired as Vice President of Buster Brown Apparel after which time he served as pastor at Payne’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Lookout Mountain.
He is survived by his children, Joy Carter, Jackie (Terry) Summerville and Jennie (Bryan) Ethridge; grandchildren, Adam (Kelly) Tull, Luke (Kirsta) Tull, Anna (Tone) Murrell, Henry Tyler (Abi) Patterson, Joni Marie Patterson, Jacob Herbert, Jack Herbert, Avery Ethridge, and Evan Ethridge; great-grandchildren, Ava Grace Tull, Norah Tull, Levi Tull and Anisa Murrell; brother, Jerry (Betty) Earl; sister-in-law, Patsy Earl; a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends.
Daddy Jack was a graduate of Rule High School and The University of Tennessee. He loved Tennessee football and never missed an opportunity to cheer on his Vols! He served in the Air Force National Guard for seven years. His love for the Lord was shared with many through his creative Sunday School lessons and the many Bible studies he wrote. One of his favorite pastimes was singing hymns out of the Cokesbury Hymnal as his beautiful bride played the piano.
A visitation for Jack Franklin Earl will be Thursday, May 6, 2021 from 4:00 pm until 5:00 pm at Conner-Westbury Funeral Home. Following the visitation, a graveside service will be held at 5:30 pm at Oak Hill Cemetery. The family’s close friend, Harry Burkhalter, will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Brightmoor Nursing Center Activities Department, 3235 Newnan Rd, Griffin, GA 30223.
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