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Death of Neil Earle

Karl McNeil “Neil” Earle, beloved husband of Susan (married 49 years), died of heart failure at age 74 on December 23. He was born on February 25, 1947, in Carbonear, Newfoundland, Canada. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Tim Welch, his twin sisters Lydia Ash and Lynda O’Grady, brother-in-law Chris O’Grady, nieces, nephews, and many friends.

He held an M.A. in History from the University of Toronto and an M.A. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Neil was a retired Church Pastor serving for 44 years in congregations across Canada and in Southern California for Grace Communion International. Members would state that he had the talent and ability to bring the teachings embedded in the Bible to our lived experiences.

For the past 12 years he taught Church History courses on-line for Grace Communion Seminary. He was recognized by all who knew him as a truly gifted, creative and innovative instructor. His students benefitted from his teaching style and thought-provoking approach.

Neil enjoyed reading widely and writing. He wrote several books and hundreds of articles for international magazines, newspapers and websites. He was an active participant in local book clubs and the Memphis C.S. Lewis Society.

Finally and most importantly Neil loved his God. His earnest desire was to reach out to the wounded and hurting, demonstrated in a practical way by participating in numerous 5K charity walks. He saw each person as a child of God.

Neil fought the good fight, kept the faith and henceforth there is laid up for him a crown of righteousness.


Cards may be sent to:

Mrs. Susan Earle
8774 Craddle Hill Cv
Arlington, TN 38002-4933

5 thoughts on “Death of Neil Earle”

  1. I am grateful to have seen him and heard his encouraging words on our Central Region zoom calls! Praying for Susan and all who loved him.

  2. I have never been a person who was excited about learning the history of anything. Professor Earle changed all that when I took his class last year. I have discovered through his unique teaching style, which I would characterize as informative wit and wisdom, as something that has awakened in my a respect and even a new love for history, especially concerning church history.

    He will certainly be missed and I look forward to conversating with him again someday.

  3. We are very saddened to hear about Neil’s passing away. The church in Germany was blessed by his talents as he was a regular contributor to our magazine Nachfolge. While we will miss Neal in this world, we look forward to joining him in eternity. Our deep sympathy goes to Susan and the entire family.

    In Him,
    Santiago Lange
    GCI Germany

  4. A wonderful man – learned a lot from him.
    Until we meet again.
    Love to Susan from Helen and me.

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