James A. Early of Hot Springs Village and formerly of Helena passed into glory on Saturday, March 27, 2010.  He was born in West Helena in September 1934 to Sydney and Elvie Chamness Early. 

James A. Early of Hot Springs Village and formerly of Helena passed into glory on Saturday, March 27, 2010.  He was born in West Helena in September 1934 to Sydney and Elvie Chamness Early. 

James is survived by his wife of 53 years, Gwen Dial Early.  They have two daughters, Michelle King of Grapevine, Texas and Jamie Haraway of Little Rock.  His sons-in-law, Dru King and Al Haraway III were the sons he never had.  Their three granddaughters, Alex, Shelby and Kimberly were the light of their G-Dad’s life.  Two brothers, Norman of Summerville, Ga. and Leon of Helena-West Helena, and two sisters, Linda Honeycutt of Palmyra, Tenn. and Dora Clark of Pekin, Ill, also survive James. 

James was a long-time member of First Baptist Church, Helena and later Balboa Baptist Church of Hot Springs Village.  He was a deacon and church treasurer of both congregations.   He retired from First National Bank of Phillips County in 1989 after 33 years.  He then worked for Metropolitan Life, from which he retired in 1996. 
During his young adulthood he was active member of the Jaycees in Phillips County and served in statewide office several times.  He also was a long time member of the Kiwanis Club in Helena and served in statewide office as well.  Over the last 15 years James was an active member of Gideon’s International.  He graduated from Central High School, Helena-West Helena in 1953 and attended Arkansas A&M in Monticello on a football scholarship.  James graduated from the LSU School of Banking in 1964. 

Funeral services were held  Tuesday, March 30 at Balboa Baptist Church in Hot Springs Village with Dr. Kenny Moore officiating.  Interment followed  in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Helena-West Helena. Serving as pallbearers, were Bill McElduff, Fred Waites, Kelly Foust, Harrol Gatlins and Harold Griffin.  Honorary pallbearers are the deacons of Balboa Baptist Church and his nephews Lee Early, Hayes Dial and Lee Dial.

The family requests that any memorials be sent to Balboa Baptist Church Building Fund, 415 Ponce De Leon Drive, Hot Springs Village, AR 71909 or to the Hot Springs Village Chapter of Gideon’s International.

Services provided by Roller-Ballard Funeral Home in Benton (501-315-4047).

You may sign the online guestbook at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/ballard.