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Terry Donald Early, 61, of Boonville, passed away at his home Feb. 13, 2014.
He was born Oct. 16, 1952 in Kansas City, Mo., a son of the late Clyde and Agnes Andrews Early.
Mr. Early was a well respected teacher and coach at the New Franklin R-1 School District. The 2013-2014 academic year was his 40th year at New Franklin Schools. His first year of teaching and coaching at New Franklin was in 1974 when he taught English and began coaching girl’s softball and basketball. He retired from teaching in 1999 but continued coaching softball until 2004 and currently served as the district’s A+ Coordinator.
During Mr. Early’s tenure as girl’s softball coach, from 1974 – 2004, teams under his leadership reached many milestones including 347 wins, twenty-one CAC Conference Championships, five final four appearances and two state championships. His basketball teams, from 1974 – 1990, also had great success which included 210 wins – the most wins of any girl’s basketball coach at New Franklin, four CAC Conference Championships and four District Championships. Terry was honored by induction to the Missouri High School Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame Nov. 1, 2008.
While Mr. Early’s coaching achievements were many, of most importance was the impact he had on his student’s lives demonstrated by his dedication, concern and friendship to them long after they were his students.
Mr. Early is survived by two brothers, Ronald Early (Sheila) of Ottawa, Kansas; Farrel Early (Guyla) of Richmond; two sisters, Patricia Grove (Sam) of Bellville, Texas, Janice Pavelsek (Joe) of Harrison, Ark.; two sisters-in-law, Goldie Early of Excelsor Springs, and Sarah Edwards of Kansas City, Mo.; many nieces and nephews; his special friend, Sharon Hoefer of Higginsville, and his canine companion, Jollie the Collie.
He is also survived by a host of colleagues, former students and friends.
Terry was preceded in death by two brothers, Russell and Claude Early and by three sisters, Evelyn Muse, Lois Early and Sharon Sue Early.
Services celebrating Mr. Early’s life will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 22, at the New Franklin High School Gym with Rev. Ryan Lyons officiating.
He will be buried next to his parents at Wakenda Cemetery near Hardin, at a later date.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the New Franklin Public Schools Athletic Department or the Central Missouri Humane Society in care of Markland-Yager Funeral Home, P.O. Box 126, New Franklin, MO 65274.
Arrangements entrusted to Markland-Yager Funeral Home of New Franklin.