(By Delegates Modesitt, Anderson, Azinger, Beane and Border)

Commemorating the life and public service of J. Fred Earley, former member of the House of Delegates from Wood County.

Whereas, J. Fred Earley was born on March 20, 1925 in Parkersburg, West Virginia; and
Whereas, Mr. Earley was educated in the public schools of Wood County, attended the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1948 with a juris doctor degree; and
Whereas, J. Fred Earley was married in 1954 to Lois Eileen McAtee and was the father of 10 children -- Barbara, Susie, Caroline, Amy, Sarah, J. Fred Earley II, Patrick, Matt, David and Michael, and was blessed with 24 grandchildren; and
Whereas, Mr. Earley's football talents as a running back and placekicker brought him All-State honors twice in high school and earned him letters three years at Notre Dame, he would later serve as a broadcaster of Big Red games on Parkersburg radio and was recently inducted into the Mid-Ohio Valley Sports Hall of Fame; and
Whereas, J. Fred Earley practiced as an attorney for over 50 years, including serving as City Attorney for Parkersburg and Municipal Judge; and
Whereas, Delegate J. Fred Earley took his seat in this chamber in 1951 where he served with dignity and grace; and
Whereas, J. Fred Earley passed away on May 9th, 1999, and will be missed by the community he served and loved; therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Delegates:
That the members of this body express regret and sorrow at the passing of J. Fred Earley, devoted husband, father and public servant; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates is hereby directed to prepare copies of this resolution for presentation to the family of J. Fred Earley.