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Leroy Oliver Earle

September 26, 1937 - July 28, 2016

Leroy Oliver Earle “Lee”, 78 of San Antonio, Texas, passed away on July 28, 2016 of a broken heart which has never healed when his beloved Priscilla passed away on March 6, 2014.

Lee was born in Harlem, NY on September 26, 1937. Lee was a first generation American raised by his parents who were both immigrants from the West Indies. His mother Isola Dixon emigrated from Jamaica in the late 1920’s and his father George Earle emigrated from Barbados about the same time. His older brother George was his idol and the person he emulated. Lee’s childhood was filled with music lessons because his mother was fueled by the passion of the Harlem Renaissance and the music from the Cotton Club and The Apollo and she felt young Lee needed a craft that will assist him in going to college. Lee attended and graduated The High School of Music and Art and continued on to receive a Bachelors and Master’s Degree in Music and Education from the Manhattan School of Music.

Lee was married to Priscilla Jane Fullerton on March 26, 1964; they were married 49 years, 6 days before Priscilla passed away in March of 2014.

Lee worked as a Music Teacher and Administrator for the New York City Board of Education teaching primarily at I.S. 292 in Brooklyn for over 30 years. For over 40 years he freelanced as a musician all over New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Upstate N.Y. He had a solid reputation from Niagara Falls to the local jazz scene in the City. His hobbies were music, travelling with his wife, and being a dad. He kept his circle of friends small because he felt when he married he had his wife and son along with his immediate family and nothing else mattered. He was active in his local churches and gave piano lesson until 2009 when his health started failing.

Lee is survived by his son Scott, grandchildren; Taylor, Scott Jr., Langston, and Lailah, great grandchildren, Harley, nephews, George and Clayton and other family and friends.

Lee is preceded in death by wife Priscilla, mother Isola, father George and a brother George.

The Oscar Peterson song, “There is No Greater Love” was the soundtrack that he followed in his love and admiration to his wife and family.

 

There is no greater love

Than what I feel for you

No greater love,

No heart so true

 

There is no greater thrill

Than what you bring to me

No sweeter song

Than what you sing to me

 

You’re the sweetest thing

I have ever known

And to think that

You are mine alone.

 

There is no greater love

In all the world, it’s true

No greater love

Than what I feel for you

 

You’re the sweetest thing

I have ever known,

And to think that

You are mine alone.

 

There is no greater love

In all the world, it’s true

No greater love

Than what I feel for you

The funeral service will be held at 0930 on August 3, 2016 at Altmeyer Funeral Homes – 929 Battlefield Blvd S., Chesapeake, VA 23322. The Earle Family will be officiating. Visitation will be also be held at Altmeyer Funeral Homes on August 2, 2016 from 7-830. Burial will follow the funeral at Chesapeake Memorial Gardens, 542 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, VA 23222. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Altmeyer Funeral Homes.

Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location:

Altmeyer Funeral Home - Chesapeake Chapel

929 Battlefield Blvd S
Chesapeake, VA 23322


Service Information

Date: Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Time: 9:30 am

Location:

Altmeyer Funeral Home - Chesapeake Chapel

929 Battlefield Blvd S
Chesapeake, VA 23322


Cemetery Information

Date: Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Time: 10:15 am

Location:

Chesapeake Memorial Gardens

524 Cedar Road
Chesapeake , VA 23322


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