Jean McLennan Early

7 February, 192720 February, 2021

Jean McLennan Early, 94, of Harrisonburg, passed away on Saturday, February 20, 2021. She was born on February 7, 1927 in Lynchburg, Virginia and was the daughter of the late William and Mary McLennan. Jean lived in Harrisonburg since 1947 and was a member of Sunrise Church of the Brethren. She graduated from Madison College with a Bachelor of Science degree. She was a loving mother and grandmother and enjoyed celebrating her Scottish heritage. On November 29, 1947, she married Walter H. Early, Jr., who preceded her in death on July 24, 2002.

She is survived by a daughter, Anne E. Hutt and husband, Timothy; two sons, W. Gary Early and wife, Brenda, and Thomas W. Early all of Harrisonburg; two grandchildren, Sarah Hutt Williams and husband, Zach, and Emily Hutt all of Charlottesville.

Preceding her in death, in addition to her husband, are her siblings, Charles and William McLennan, Mary Clark, Anne Dickson, Virginia Eckel, George McLennan, and Margaret Bradley.

A private graveside service will be held at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

Lindsey Funeral Homes in Harrisonburg is handling arrangements and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting


  • Anne E. Hutt (Timothy), Daughter
  • W. Gary Early (Brenda), Son
  • Thomas W. Early, Son
  • Sarah Hutt Williams (Zach), Grandchild
  • Emily Hutt, Grandchild
  • Walter H. Early, Jr., Husband (deceased)
  • Mary McLennan, Mother (deceased)
  • William McLennan, Father (deceased)
  • Charles McLennan, Brother (deceased)
  • William McLennan, Brother (deceased)
  • Mary Clark, Sister (deceased)
  • Anne Dickson, Sister (deceased)
  • Virginia Eckel, Sister (deceased)
  • George McLennan, Brother (deceased)
  • Margaret Bradley, Sister (deceased)


  • Private Graveside Service


Jean McLennan Early

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Dennis Simmons

24 February 2021

I (Dennis) have memories of going to the beach with the Early family. My mom and dad were good friends with the Early's and Tom and I were the same age. I was at their house numerous times. Please accept our condolences. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

Dennis and Judy Simmons

Richard Deadrick

22 February 2021

To the family of Jean, please accept my condolences for your loss. I remember when Walter & Jean lived on Weaver Avenue next to my brother Joe. Many times I saw her pushing the children on riding toys on the front sidewalk. She was a wonderful person and even though I was still a kid she always took time to speak with me. They were wonderful neighbors to my brother and his family. Walter’s home was just up the street on Port and he was a great person as well. I enjoyed knowing both of them. An outstanding Harrisonburg family and Jean will be sorely missed by her family members.

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