Rev. Dr. Ray C. Earls


Rev. Dr. Ray C. Earls



CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Rev. Dr. Ray Clarke Earls, 84, a United Methodist pastor, died on Feb. 26, 2007, at a local hospital.


A graveside service was held on March 3 at Forest Lawn East Cemetery in Matthews, N.C. A memorial service was held March 4 at the Victory (Native American) United Methodist Church in Indian Trail, N.C. McEwen Funeral Service in Pineville handled arrangements.


Rev. Earls was born on Nov. 8, 1942, in Steele, Mo., to the late W. L. and Elouise Clarke Earls. He attended the University of Mississippi. While there he was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He received his bachelor of ministry and master of divinity degrees from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and received his doctorate of ministry from Vanderbilt University.

He began his ministry in the Missouri East Conference of The United Methodist Church. He later transferred to the North Mississippi Conference and served several appointments there. He married Denise M. Slobusky in 1978. Denise Earls is also a clergy member of the Mississippi Conference.


Dr. Earls was very knowledgeable in Methodist history and polity as well as John Wesley doctrine. He will also be remembered as a Bible scholar.


He and Rev. Denise Earls served in the Mississippi Conference before retiring in 2002. For the last two years Dr. Earls worked at Dicks Sporting Goods in Charlotte as well as serving as pastor of Victory Church.


Other survivors include: daughter, Lynn Marie Slobusky; son Frank “Sam” Slobusky; sisters, Loretta Reid and Ann Lyon.


Memorials may be made to the Council of Bishops’ Katrina Church Recovery Appeal, Mississippi Conference UMC, P.O. Box 1201, Jackson, MS, 39915. Designate Advance # 818-001.