OBITUARY

Thomas Randolph Early

April 23, 1933April 23, 2021
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Thomas R. Early (88) of The Woodlands, passed away Friday April 23, 2021. Tom was the youngest of 4 sons and 1 daughter of Jacob E. and Myrtle E. Early. He was born April 23, 1933 in Borger Texas during the Great Depression. He grew up in Stinnett, Texas where he graduated as Salutatorian of Stinnett High School and participated in every sport while also working part time as a ranch hand, roustabout in the oil fields, construction worker and as a farm hand.

Tom attended the University of Texas where he graduated with a BA degree in Economics and Government. In his second year at UT he married his High School Sweetheart Jeanine Ellen Ross who was the love of his life on November 21, 1952 and were married 64 years until her passing in February of 2016. Tom was a Corporal while on active duty in the United States Marine Corps from 1953 to 1955 and was discharged in 1961. He also attended the University of Houston and received a Master of Arts Degree in Economics and Finance. He gave credit to the Marine Corps through its stress on discipline and Spirit de Corps in guiding him through school, his business career and life.

Tom was on the Board of Trustees of Spring Independent School District, Founding Chairman of Education for Tomorrow Alliance and was Chairman and CEO of Surgimedics which was the first business to locate in the Research Forest of The Woodlands. He spearheaded the building of the Texas Marine Medal of Honor Monument in Town Green Park. Tom was a member of Kevin Brady’s Service Academy Nominations Board for many years. His greatest achievements have been in the lives of his family. Tom leaves his family with the knowledge that they were truly loved. Tom and Jeanine were members of The Woodlands United Methodist Church.

Tom was predeceased by his wife Jeanine, parents Jacob and Myrtle Early, his in-laws Buzz and Mildred Ross, his brothers Ferrill, Cleland and Norvill, his sister Ethellea Jane Robison and a son Steven A. Early. He is survived by his son Jeff Early and wife Brenda, daughter Jennifer Early Kiser and husband Gene, and his grandchildren Lauren Early(Austin), Alyssa Early(Kevin), Jacob Kiser(Amanda), Joshua Kiser and Kathryn Early all of The Woodlands. Also survived by special friends Tiffany and Tim Carroll who have become a part of our extended family.

The family would like the thank Tom’s caregivers Nancy Williams and the staff of Reunion Court of The Woodlands along with Hospice nurses Amy and Tammy at Memorial Herman Hospice. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at Forest Park, The Woodlands Funeral Home 18000 I-45 S. The Woodlands, TX 77384. Following a private graveside burial there will be a Memorial Service celebrating his life that will be held on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 2:00PM at The Woodlands United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Texas Marine Medal of Honor Fund @ http://www.texasmarinemedalofhonor.com/ or The Woodlands Rotary Club Foundation @ https://www.betterunite.com/thewoodlandsrotaryclubfoundation-alwayson.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021

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Thomas Randolph Early

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Cathy Franklin

April 28, 2021

Jeff and Jenifer so sorry for your loss
I remember visiting Tom and Jenine with my grandmother they were always so welcoming. Later I had the previledge of sitting with Tom during his last days at home. He was always busy walking up and down the road talking about his memories. Describing the home he was so proud of the trees he planted in his son’s memory. The days he spent with his wife.

Burt Cabañas

April 26, 2021

I only know Tom as a Marine. After four years of dinners celebrating Marine Corp Birthday by four of us we decided that we needed to do something else to memorialize this day........
Under his leadership, we learned that the Texas Medal of Honor recipients in the State of Texas had not been honored...........This gave us a goal to accomplish and within two years the Texas Marine Medal of Honor Memorial was built and unveiled in The Woodlands.....
Since that day more than Fifteen years ago, The Memorial, now under the leadership of General Steven Hummer, has served to celebrate the Marine Corp’s Birthday on the 10th day of November.
I will miss you Marine. Burt Cabañas

Meredith Shedden

April 26, 2021

I have so many memories that include Mr. Early (Sr.) from school projects to sports games at Cooper. One memory that really sticks out was a comedically bad softball game in which we lost by 27 (or so) runs. After the game he was there to console a group of us, but also offer some much needed good humor and support that we could "get them next year". He was always such a joyful presence and clearly loved watching all of this grandchildren and family succeed. Sending my love to the Early's and thinking of you all!

Jim & Loretta Tidwell

April 26, 2021

Jim & I would like to express our sincere sorrow for your loss. Tom was a very devoted man to his family.
We first met Tom & family when we moved in across the street from them on Canyon Creek in Ponderosa Subdivision in about 1975 . We then remained very close friends until we moved from Texas in 2003. The Canyon Creek neighbors were a very fun group with many outings at their home.
I remained close friends with both Jeff, Brenda, Jennifer & Gene for many years and was fortunate enough to be able to help them as well as Tom and Jeanine with interior decorating in their homes and businesses.
We have been unable to visit them for many years due to health issues, but all the family has been in our thoughts often. We were surprised a few years ago when Tom & Jeanine stopped by to see us in NW Arkansas, and we were able to share many fond memories with them.
Thank you for letting us know of Tom's death, and our prayers will be you all.
Jim & Loretta

Clarence Stiver

April 24, 2021

We are sorry for your family. My wife Donna and I were friends of Tom and Jeanie at Camp Lejeune. We visited and had many good times together. We remember Cleo and Sambo. We have stayed friends all these years. Enjoyed seeing both and the dogs when they visited us in Missouri a few years ago driving their travel trailer.

Steven Hummer

April 24, 2021

Jeff and family. Our earnest thoughts and prayers go out to you over this time of loss and grief. Tom was a wonderful citizen, a tremendous American, and a valiant Marine. He now guards the streets of Heaven with so many more of his comrade Marines. God Bless You All,
Lieutenant General Steve & Sheri Hummer, USMC, Retired

Nancy Watts-Wood

April 24, 2021

To Jeff. Jennifer and families. I remember the first time I met Tommy after he and my cousin Jeanie Ellen were married. I was 9 years old. They came to Ottumwa and we had a picnic out on grandma Estalena and Grandpa John Ross' farm. They came with their " babies". The biggest fawn colored great Dane dog I ever saw named Cleopatra..." Cleo" for short..and a tiny new black kitten named : Sambo:. What a sight. That kitten fit in Cleos mouth and she was so gentle with it. I remember every minute of that weekend. We rode grandpa's work horses Dan and Dolly. When Jeanie started to forget...Tommy brought her here to Iowa and I showed them where to find Eddie in Swan Iowa , close to us. And our great grandparents Ross and Best buried in Milo and Lacona close to us. We met in Pella to see the tulips and eat lunch. Many hugs and tears when we parted. At Aunt Donna's 75 birthday, Jeannie gave me a scrap book of pictures she made for me. I loved both of them dearly. I'm so sorry for your separation from them but know we will all be reunited someday. My mama, Colene Watts was Uncle Buzz' sister. God be with you all. Cousin Nancy and Don Wood
Indianola, Iowa

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