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Leonard Kenway Early
July 21, 1951 ~ August 26, 2023 (age 72) 72 Years Old
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Thank Him for more blessings than one man can stand
Then I'm gonna get a guitar
And start a rock-n-roll band
Check into a swell hotel
Ain't the afterlife grand”
Len passed peacefully at home on August 26, 2023, at 72 years old, in Alexandria, Virginia. The family will welcome friends and loved ones on Friday, September 15th from 4pm - 8pm. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, September 16th at 2 pm. Both events will be held at Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Susan Lee Early, when their stars crossed on Labor Day, 1986 and began their adventurous life together. He is also survived by his brother Bruce Allen Early and his many daughters; Linda Kathleen “Kathie” Early, Devon Michelle (Scott) Richardson, Christine Anne (Matthew) McLean, Lee Ann Hallman, and Ashley Elaine Early. He was a grandfather, “PawPaw & TickTock” to seven grandchildren; Jonah Walker Fox, Robert Cullen Richardson, Weston Matthew McLean, Tierney Ann Richardson, Madelyn Christine McLean, Sage Lee Pollock and Lily Jane Pollock.
Len arrived on the planet on July 21,1951 in Cheverly, Maryland although he was assured by his father, William “Bill” Smith Early and his mother Helen Mae Dawson Early that he was made in Virginia. His early years were spent living with his grandmother, “Big Momma” Dorothy Jane Ashby, where she took in elderly folks. Raised in the wilds of Fauquier county, Virginia Len was enamored with the stories of the residents and the wisdom they imparted. There he met Della Jenkins who first taught him to play the guitar and the rest is history!
Even though his early years were in Fauquier county, he joined his parents in Alexandria where he began first grade. His love of learning was mainly outside traditional classroom walls. He was a dedicated self learner and eventually began working with his father, Bill, on the beautiful historic homes in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia which ignited in him a passion for local History, particularly the Civil War Era.
The family business was established in 1949 in Alexandria where Len worked with his father, Bill, and inherited the Gift of Gab as well as learning his father’s craft in the Old World Style. Len was able to expand upon the relationships that Bill established with prominent businesses and families in Old Town Alexandria and was sought out for his expertise in reclamation and preservation of historic properties.
A Master of his Craft, he practiced in the Old Town Alexandria community for over 50 years. He loved to work hard, build, create, play his guitars, study history and play with his Rhodesian Ridgebacks. He collected tools, coins, guitars and Civil War memorabilia. Len was a unique character in this world!!!
Len was preceded in death by his parents Helen Mae Hickman, William “Bill” Smith Early, his “Big Momma” Dorothy Jane Ashby, as well as his younger brother, Carlton Jacob Early.
“In spite of ourselves
We’ll end up a’sittin on a rainbow
Against all odds
Honey, we’re the big door prize
We’re gonna spite the noses
Right off of our Faces
There won’t be nothin’ but big old hearts
Dancin’ in our eyes.”
Visitation - Friday, September, 15th from 4pm - 8pm
Funeral Services - Saturday, September, 16th at 2pm
Both events will be held at: Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home & Crematory