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Stephen Dale Early, 65, recently found his talent for woodworking

SOUTHPORT — Stephen Dale Early, 65, passed away Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

Mr. Early was born April 11, 1952, in Tampa, Fla., son of the late Donald and Stephanie Chapin Early. He grew up in Virginia and moved with his wife Sandra to Southport 27 years ago. Steve enjoyed fishing, golfing, shooting darts and playing pool, horseshoes and corn hole. He loved music and was getting back into playing his mandolin. He recently found his talent for furniture refinishing and woodworking. He was also both a Redskins and Panthers fan.

Survivors include his loving wife, Sandra Dale Early of Southport; sister, Paula Marie Krause, and her husband, Walt; brother, William “Davie” Early, and his wife, Becky; sisters, Donna Leigh Barrick and Catherine G. Williamson, and her husband, Brad. He was loved by many and will also be greatly missed by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Edward and Dona Dale, and their family, Michael and Mary, Richard and Cheri, and Scott and Karen; numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews from both his family as well as Sandra’s.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m., Saturday, June 17, at Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service Chapel with Pastor Lee Eiss officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to SOAR, 3376 St. Charles Place SE, Southport, NC 28461; or Paws Place, 242 George II Highway, Winnabow, NC 28479.

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