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Rubye Hamblin Early, age 97, died July 2, 2013. She was the daughter of Everett and Mary Hamblin, of Williamsburg.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers and sisters, Elnora Hamblin King, Viola Hamblin Deck, Ruth Hamblin Johnston, Evert Grant Hamblin and Joe Hamblin.
She is survived by one sister, Elaine Hamblin Lueck, of Rochester, Mich.; she was married to Joseph Harvey Early Jr., son of Joseph H. Early Sr. and Canzada Stanfill Early, all of whom also preceded her in death.
She married Joe H, as she called him, in 1939, and together they had three sons, Joseph Everett Early (Phyllis), of Campbellsville, Walter Brown Early (Nora), of Hudson, Fla., and Richard Harvey Early (Francis), of Walton; grandchildren, Joseph Brian Early, Richard Thomas Early, Joseph E. Early Jr., Daphaney Early Prewitt, Valorie Early Chabot and April Early; great-grandchildren, Lauren Early Gilliland, Jacob Early, Ashlee Heffron, Erin Heffron Brandon Chabot and Cameron Chabot.
Rubye Early joined Main Street Baptist Church on Jan. 7, 1932, where she served as a Sunday school teacher and a member of the choir for many years. The church was an integral part of her life. After her husband died in 1947, the church became surrogate parents to her three sons who were aged 7, 5 and 1. She always had a little fire in her voice when people would say “Rubye, you did such a good job raising those boys by yourself.” She would always answer “I did not raise them by myself; the Lord was there with me all the time.”
She was always appreciative of and acknowledged the strong support she received from close friends, Irene and Rice (Junior) Watson, and in particular her sisters-in-law, Mary Early Disney and Jennie Early Smith.
Her life’s role was a teacher. She never believed it was her job but it was her calling. After her husband’s death, she went to work as a teacher in the Williamsburg Independent Schools. Before her marriage, she taught in several rural schools in the Whitley County School System. At Williamsburg she taught many different grades but spent most of her time teaching seventh grade. She was later made grade school supervisor under Superintendent Jack Miller. While at Williamsburg Independent, she always said she was privileged to have played a role in the integration of the city system the year after the Supreme Court Decision of Brown vs. Board of Education. While at Cumberland, she taught many young people who became teachers and administrators all over Kentucky and the United States. She was invited to join the Education Department of Cumberland College in 1959, where she taught many young prospective teachers.
After her retirement from Cumberland in 1971 due to illness, she began as an active craftsperson, piecing and quilting dozens of quilts, hundreds of dolls, stuffed animals and Christmas tree ornaments, most of which are now family treasures. She also gave many of these items to various friends. She always said her life was full of activity and love and even though she had to give up teaching as her profession she continued to teach and demonstrate God’s love and mercy everywhere she went and to all she met.
You are invited to share your memories with her family at a visitation at 2 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m. at the Main Street Baptist Church in Williamsburg, on July 21, 2013 with Dr. Jerry Lowrie and the Rev. Bill Wright officiating. The service will be followed immediately by a reception in the Christian Life Center at the Church. The graveside service will be a private family service.
Come and be prepared to share your memories of Mrs. Early as we all celebrate a life well-lived in service to God, her family, church, and community.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you designate remembrances to the building fund of Main Street Baptist Church.
Condolences may be made to the family at www.ellisonfh.com
Ellison Funeral Home of Williamsburg is in charge of these arrangements.