Early I. Kent Jr., 1924-2017

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Early I. Kent Jr., 1924-2017

Early I. Kent, Jr. passed away March 22.  He was born September 11, 1924 in Albemarle County, son of the late Early Kent Sr. and Olive Maud Kent. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Harry Kent and Paul Kent and his wife Ginny, a brother-in-law, Lacy Hutchinson, and a sister-in-law, Frances James and her husband Aubrey.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Betty Jane Kent of Crozet; two sons, Charles Early Kent and his wife Beth of Palmyra, Va., and Larry Kent and his wife Judy of Afton. He is also survived by two granddaughters, Lisa Rochefort and her husband Brian of Midland, Va., and Elizabeth Kent of Daytona Beach, Florida. He is also survived by three great-grandsons, Sterling, Marshall and Wyatt, sons of Lisa, and one step-great-grandson, Kyle. He is also survived by his sister, Stella Hutchinson of Waynesboro, his sister-in-law, Janice Kent of Crozet, and four nephews, Steve Hutchinson, Wes Kent, Ron Kent, and Aubrey James, Jr., and their families, and one niece, Paula Martin and her family.

He was a long-time member of Crozet United Methodist Church, a World War II veteran serving two years in Europe, and was retired from Acme Visible Records in Crozet after 35 years. He was an avid sports fan, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and golf, and loved playing baseball in his younger years. He coached little league baseball for five years when his sons were growing up in Crozet. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather to all his family, and a loyal friend, mentor, and role model to all who knew him.

A memorial service will be held at Crozet United Methodist Church on Saturday, April 8, at 2:00 p.m., followed by a reception in the church fellowship hall. Interment will be private at Mt. Moriah Cemetery in White Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Hospice of the Piedmont or to the Crozet United Methodist Church to fund the Early I. Kent Jr. Scholarship.

Anderson Funeral Home of Crozet is in charge of arrangements.

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