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Mr. John Russell Earp

Born: Thu., Aug. 31, 1950
Died: Sat., Sep. 1, 2012

Time of Remembrance

6:00 PM Thu., Sep. 06, 2012
Location: George Brothers Funeral Service

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Mr. John Russell Earp, age 62, passed away Saturday September 1st, 2012 surrounded by his loving family in his home.

A Time of Remembrance will be from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Thursday at George Brothers Funeral Service.

Mr. Earp was a graduate of Clayton High School , Clayton, NC.  He was a Vietnam veteran while serving in the United States Air Force as a Sergeant.  He also served in the Honor Guard , and in the 24 th Combat.

John was an avid sports fan, who enjoyed cheering for his UNC Tarheels and the New York Yankees.  He loved being in the outdoors fishing, telling jokes, and had a great sense of humor.  Most of all, he loved his children, and was proud of their accomplishments.

John was preceded in death by his parents John Earp and Elizabeth Matthews, and sister Gail Kelly.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years Rhonda Gibson Earp; son Zachary Earp (Jennifer Gunn) of Gibsonville; daughter Jessica Earp of Jamestown; step-mother Suveter Earp of Clayton, NC; brother Eddie Earp of Raleigh; sister Pat Bolton of Knightdale.  Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Hospice & Palliative Care of Greensboro 2500 Summit Ave. Greensboro, NC 27405.

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Kathy Creech Ellen
   Posted Mon September 03, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of the times when Johnny lived in Clayton. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Kathy Creech, cousin

Tara Ellinger
   Posted Mon September 03, 2012
Rhonda, Zachary and Jessica,

Just want you know that I am thinking about you and I am truely sorry that all of you are having to deal with this. Jessica and Zachary, my children Josh and Meghan have walked in your shoes beside me when this happen to them a couple of years ago. Thay are both sadden by and it are hoping you find strength in knowing how proud they are sure you Dad was of you and how proud you will still make him. He will always be there looking over you shoulder.
Rhonda you know, I am thinking about you and would do anything to make your pain go away. I know your John had a sense of humor as did my John and maybe they, will met and will join forces.

I copied a poem below someone sent me, hope it helps

Sending love and peace,


When tomorrow starts without me, and I''''m not there to see.
If the sun should rise and find your eyes, all filled with tears for me.
I wish so much you wouldn''''t cry, the way you did today,
While thinking of the many things we never got to say.
I know how much you love me, as much as I love you..
And each time that you think of me, I know you''''ll miss me too..
But when tomorrow starts without me, Please try to understand..
An angel came and called my name and took me by the hand,
It seemed my place was ready - In Heaven far above,
and that I''''d have to leave behind, those things I dearly love..
But as I turned to walk away, a tear fell from my eye.
For all of life, I''''d always thought, I didn''''t want to die.
I had so much to live for, so much yet to do,
It seemed almost impossible, that I was leaving you..
I thought of all the yesterdays, the good ones and the bad..
I thought of all the love we shared, and how much fun we had..
If I could relive yesterday, just even for a while,
I''''d say goodbye, then kiss you ‘til I saw that special smile..
But then I fully realized, that it could never be,
''''Cause emptiness and memories, would take the place of me.
And when I thought of all those things, I might miss come tomorrow,
I thought of you, and when I did, my heart was filled with sorrow. .
But when I walked through Heaven''''s gates, I felt so much at home.
When God looked down and smiled at me, From his great & golden throne,
He said, "This is eternity, and all I''''ve promised you.
Today your life on Earth is past, but here it starts anew.
I promise no tomorrow, but today will always last,
and since each day is the same day, there''''s no longing for the past. .
But you have been so faithful, so trusting and so true,
Though there were some times you did some things you shouldn''''t do. .
But you have been forgiven, and now at last you''''re free,
So come and take me by the hand, and share my life with me.."
So when tomorrow starts without me, don''''t think we''''re far apart,
for every time you think of me, I''''ll be right there - in your Heart..

t you.

Rick & Lorrie Long
   Posted Mon September 03, 2012
We are so sorry to hear of John''s passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

thelma medlin
   Posted Mon September 03, 2012
I am so sorry to hear of Johnny's death...through Suveter. Even though I didn't know Johnny, I've known Suveter, Eddie, and Pat for over 30 yrs. and have heard Johnny mentioned numerous times.

May God give you the strength and a peace of mind during this time of grief. Love to all your family,
Thelma Medlin

Bob Fisher
   Posted Mon September 03, 2012
Eddie and family,

I''m so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you all. You never forget love ones, but God'' grace and time will help to take the pain away from the loss.

Bob Fisher

Johnny Ellis
   Posted Mon September 03, 2012
I am so sorry to hear about John's death. My prayers and thoughts are for the family during this time.

Johnny & Donna Ellis
Clayton, NC

Tammy Martin
   Posted Mon September 03, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

chris schlosser
   Posted Mon September 03, 2012
Dear rhonda and family , So sorry for your loss and may god bless your family during this time.

Sue Creech Clark - Clayton High School - Class of 1968
   Posted Wed September 05, 2012
Condolences to the family of "Johnny" (as we knew him) from his classmates of Clayton High School Class of 1968.

RIP Johnny. Thanks for the memories.

Debbie Tart Carlyle
   Posted Thu September 06, 2012
Rhonda, Zachary & Jessica - just a note to let you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this time. Johnny and I grew up together in Clayton, he lived across the street from my family, and I have many fond memories of him and his love of life and gracious smile. He will truly be missed by you, but you have your sweet memories until you meet again. Again, you are in my prayers.

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