Mr. Rendell Gershun Early


Rendell Gershun Early, lovingly known as Twin, was born to Linda and Charles Early on April 21, 1969, in Washington, D.C. He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Viola and William Norman; his beloved grandmother, Mildred Maxwell, whom he affectionately called Memaw; as well as his niece, Mariah Maxwell; aunts, Patricia Maxwell and Marie Erwin; and a special uncle, Edward Norman.


Rendell was a graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport, TN, in 1987. He eventually entered the army in 1988, where he served as a wire systems installer. He lived most of his life in Maryland but grew up spending time at his grandparents’ house in Kingsport, where he learned many life skills. He loved to work with his hands and was known to take things apart in the house and figure out how to put them back together. He enjoyed working on cars and spent many years working as a mechanic for the U.S. Postal Service in Maryland. For a time, he also ran his own shop fixing cars for friends and family alike.


Rendell was a friend to many and never had a hard time talking with anyone. He was a provider, protector, and would give you the shirt off his back. He had many talents, including electrical work, renovating houses, sewing, and was a self-taught drummer. He had a relationship with God at an early age and wasn’t afraid to share with others how good God was to him. He worshipped at Word of God Community Church in Bladensburg, MD, where he played the drums and developed a close relationship with his beloved pastor, Willie Duvall. Some of his favorite scriptures included Jeremiah 29:11 and Romans 8:38. He also enjoyed playing and listening to old gospel spirituals.


He had the best laugh and enjoyed having a good time with family and friends. He was an amazing cook and would feed anyone that was around him. He had a great love for children, especially his ‘little people’ Nichole, Noah, and Noelle, as well as his grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. He was a father figure to many and took pleasure in teaching children how to work with their hands and to aspire for greatness in their lives. He wanted them to know about the real world and be able to survive in it. He had a heart of gold and always wanted to make sure everyone around him was alright.


To honor and cherish his memory, he leaves his wife, Andraya Early (Murfreesboro, TN); mother, Linda Wise (Kingsport, TN); father, Charles Cunningham (New Jersey); sons, Kenneth Scales, Joseph (Sam) Early, and Matthew Early (all of Kingsport, TN); daughters, Mackaela and Mackenzie Stokley (Elsmere, KY) and Kennedi and Aneesa Munson (Murfreesboro, TN); two brothers, Charles Maxwell (Kingsport, TN) and Wendell Early (Christiana, TN); sister, Detra Tymus (Laurel, MD); several aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins, grandchildren (in particular his newest grandson Kaidyn) and a host of friends and loved ones in various states including Maryland, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.


Celebration of life services for Mr. Rendell Early will be conducted Monday, June 27, 2022 at 1 pm from Central Baptist Church in Kingsport, TN. The family will receive friends from 12 pm until the hour of service.


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