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10/19/2019 6:08:00 PM
Rodney Brent Earls
November 5, 1959 - October 16, 2019

LINCOLNTON, N.C. - Rodney Brent Earls, 59, of Lincolnton died Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at his residence.

Born Thursday, November 5, 1959 he was the son of Warren Elliott Earls and Margaret McDowell Earls. Dad grew up to a loving family which began in Asheville, N.C. He moved around quite a bit as his father relocated working for Amaco. Upon graduating high school dad enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He proudly served as a Marine Core Military Police Officer (MP) for three years and in total served for six years. Dad was proud to serve his Country and ensure the future of freedom of all generations to come. My dad loved his brother Stacy, his two sons Brandon and Derrick Earls more than anything. He also loved his life partner Jeanine Carpenter dearly. You could find him most excited fishing on a trout stream in Boone or Linville, or at the local fishing ponds - Herman’s Fishing Lake and Chetola Resort. Dad loved coaching and treated all the kids like they were his own. He was tough at times, but new that toughness and instilling character would result in fine young men and women coming out of his community. Dad loved his Corning co-workers and treated them as they were his family because they were. Dad believed in team engagement and he loved having each member of you on his team. We will miss dad dearly like each of you will. Please remember the things he taught us and walk with his spirit in your happy places. Dad is now in Heaven looking down on us and will always be watching our 6.

Two sons, Brandon Lee Earls of Claremont and Derrick Earls of Hickory; his lifetime partner, Jeanine Carpenter of the home;a brother, Stacy Earls of Spanish Port, Ala.: the mother of his sons, Sheila Peterson of Claremont survive him.

The funeral will be 4 p.m. Sunday, October 20, 2019 at the chapel of Jenkins Funeral Home with Rev. Aaron Causby officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 3-4 p.m. Sunday. The Marine Corps League will provide Military Honors.

Memorials may be made payable to one of the following Paralyzed Veterans of America or to ST. Jude's Children's Hospital or to the YMCA of Catawba Valley and mailed to 4454 Ridge Street, Claremont, NC 28610.

Please sign the online guestbook at

Jenkins Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Newton, N.C. is serving the Earls family.

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