Life Story / Obituary
There truly was no one more genuine than Hilory Earley. Touching countless lives through his years as a husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many, everyone was made to feel special in his presence. Hill had an extraordinary gift of being compassionate toward others. A good listener and accepting of all people, he modeled a lifetime of giving selflessly of his time and resources over the years. Without a doubt, his family meant the world to him. Now gone, Hill will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered.
The 1950s were exciting times indeed with the many talents of professional sports figures, musicians, and movie stars such as Mickey Mantle, Elvis Presley, and James Dean. Families still huddled around television sets to catch the latest westerns such as Gunsmoke or anything featuring Lucille Ball. On December 12th in Detroit, Michigan proud parents, Hilory and Ethel Earley welcomed home their baby boy, Hilory. His birth brought much joy and happiness to the family home.
Hill’s childhood was filled with many wonderful memories. He loved hanging out on the family’s front porch on warm summer days, passing the time playing chess or Stratego with his good friend, Ron. On rainy days or during the cold winter months, they enjoyed watching Star Trek inside. When the gates were opened during the last inning of the Tigers baseball game down the road from his house, he and his brothers and friends would run to watch for free. Hill was active in his faith from a young age. He never shied away from sharing his beliefs and encouraged others to follow Jesus. Studious and fiercely independent, Hilory excelled in his academics at Cass Tech. Although he was smaller in stature, he enjoyed playing football, baseball, and swimming. Hilory was invited to be part of a program at Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills where he received instruction in several subjects before graduating from the automotive curriculum at Cass Tech in 1968. Hill had his sights set on a bright future.
Not surprisingly, Hill met Gina, the woman who would change the course of his life forever while singing in the choir at Temple Baptist Church. Their story was founded in faith and service. Together they welcomed home their two wonderful boys, Justin and Aaron. They settled in Livonia. Hill served as a Sunday school teacher in the youth department at church. He enjoyed fellowship with his students, Mike, Danny, and Ricky as well as many others. He and Gina were known to sing in an octet and each year he spent many months preparing for his special role in the church’s outreach concerts. His favorite concerts were the ones planned for Easter and Christmas. He loved to share the story of Jesus. Inspired to work with his hands, he became a journeyman/tinsmith for General Motors. During his time with GM, he kindled many lasting relationships with his co-workers including his special friends, Galen and Jim.
As a father, Hilory loved to travel and wanted his boys to experience everything life had to offer. Each and every summer and winter, they explored many parts of the country. Oftentimes, Hill would bring his mother Ethel along so she could share in their family’s memories. They toured the Disney World theme parks, Niagara Falls, Washington, D.C., as well as the Grand Canyon, and everything in between! Always up for an adventure, Hill loved to include Laura and Ron. He and his friends went white water rafting or skiing as Hill loved to make fitness a part of his travels. Hill also enjoyed playing tennis and another good friend Jim introduced him to cycling. Although he was humble about his abilities, Hill had a closet full of racing t-shirts and mugs from his races over the years. All in all, he had covered thousands and thousands of miles over the decades, even miles shared with his son in Texas. He instilled in his children the value of always going the extra mile to show people kindness and generosity. Most importantly, he taught his children that anything is possible if you know Jesus.
In addition to his love of the Lord and his treasured family, Hill shared many special pastimes. He loved learning and had rooms in his home filled with books. He was always reading and sharing his newfound knowledge with anyone that would listen. He especially enjoyed sharing family get-togethers with his extended family and their families. A huge music fan, he had an eclectic array of favorites including Mahalia Jackson, Nirvana, Steve Green, Cat Stevens, Vivaldi, Weird Al Yankovic, and The Clash. Hill truly embraced life and all it had to offer. May his loved ones follow in his example of treating everyone with sincere kindness. Although he will be deeply missed, may his warm memories comfort them now and forever.
Hilory Earley of Livonia, Michigan, passed away on February 10, 2022, at the age of 71. Loving father of Justin Earley and Aaron (fiancé Christina Eakins) Earley. Dearest grandfather of Jayden, Kadden, Aaron, and Madeline. Dear brother of the late Larry Vaughn Carr Sr. and Jerry Earley and wife Trula. Brother-in-law of Janice Carr. Uncle of Leslie Andrews and Larry Vaughn Carr Jr. Former husband of Gina Palone, mother of Justin and Aaron. Hilory will also be missed by many friends. Visitation Wednesday, February 16, 2022, from 11:30 am until time of funeral service at 1 pm at Neely-Turowski Funeral Home, 30200 Five Mile Rd., Livonia, Michigan 48154.