Robert L. Earls

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Robert L. Earls, 68
MANTEO, N.C. - Robert L. Earls, Loving Dad, Brother, Papa, Uncle, "Pops," and friend to all of humanity, passed away at Vidant Med-ical Center in Greenville, N.C., on May 2, 2017, with his adoring family by his side.
He was born on July 11, 1948, in Portland, the only son of the late Leo Earls and the late Mary Earls Sprouse.
Bob, "Rob" attended schools in Portland. Upon finishing school, he enlisted and served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Electrician's Union of Manteo, N.C. Bob owned and operated Bob Earls' Electric Company for many years. He often did work gratis for those less fortunate and unable to pay, always and forever being true to his altruistic nature.
He looked forward every July to his return to his beloved State of Maine to spend time with his sisters and their families. He loved to visit the familiar ocean, lakes and mountains of home.
He is profoundly missed by his cherished daughter, Rhonda, and her husband Michael Wheeler, of Hyde County, N.C.; his sisters, Joyce Riley and Deanna Earls, of Portland; Catherine Earls Aubrey, of Charlottesville, Va.; and Terry Maietta and her husband Peter Maietta, of Portland; his sister Terry Sprouse Hale; beloved grandchildren, Hannah, Zachery and Andrew Wheeler, of Hyde County, N.C.;. his nieces and nephews, Laurie Daily (Dan), of South Dakota; Lisa Beckwith (Brian), of Tennessee; Michael LaRhette (Jen), of Massachusetts; Justin Riley (Jen), of Portland; Mechelle Connolly (Bob), of Portland; Devin Earls (Suzanne), of Virginia; Lucas Cyrus, of Maryland; Katelyn Maietta Merritt, of Cumberland; and Christina Hale Roberts, Laura, Lana and Logan Hale, of Virginia.
He is also survived by several grandnieces and nephews whom he adored, and they adored him, as well.
He will always be remembered for his compassion, his love of life, and love for his fellow man. Rob never knew a stranger. He had an immense love of family and was always ready to lend a helping hand and/or provide shelter to anyone in need. What was his was yours, and he always had an open door policy.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 21, at the Outer Banks Fishing Pier in Manteo, N.C. You are welcome to bring a fishing pole and cast a line at the end of the service, if you would like. A special memorial service with full military honors will be held in Maine in July, the day and time to be announced at a later date. Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter where online sympathy messages can be directed to: www.bryanfs.com.

In lieu of flowers,
the family requests that donations
be made in his name to:
The Travis Mills Foundation
89 Water Street
Hallowell, ME 04347


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Bryan Funeral Service
119 Main St
Swanquarter, NC 27885
(252) 926-2851
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on May 11, 2017
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