Acie Boyd Earl Sr. passed peacefully on Tuesday, October 4, 2022, surrounded by loved ones at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois.
Services to celebrate Acie’s life, love and legacy will begin with visitation 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Friday, November 4, in the Horizon Room at Trimble Funeral Home at Trimble Pointe, Moline. Immediately following will be a celebration of life and time of sharing for family and friends from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the lower level at CityView Celebrations at Trimble Pointe, complete with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. The celebration will continue Saturday, November 5, with visitation at 10:00 a.m. followed by services at 11:00 a.m. at Progressive Baptist Church, Davenport. Officiating will be Pastor Brenton Earl MDiv, of New Jerusalem FG Church, Muscatine, Iowa, and pastor Dr. Donald J. Johnson of Destiny Baptist Church, Rock Island.
Acie was born on May 27, 1947 to Glennie Sr. and Ruby Lee (Treadwell) Earl in Stonewall, Mississippi.
As a child, he gave his life to Christ at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Hammond, Indiana. He became an ordained Deacon at Progressive Baptist Church on October 26, 1980, and served faithfully up to his day of death, leaving his home church to carry on the work of the Lord.
Acie was the oldest of his siblings, Barbara, Leon, Glenn Jr., and Mark, and always set a strong example for them to follow into adulthood. He completed elementary school and graduated from Hammond High School in 1965. He attended Augustana College in Rock Island, IL immediately following graduation on a football scholarship, graduating on May 25, 1969, with a Degree in Business Administration. He earned a Masters of Arts Degree in Business Administration in August of 1989 from Central Michigan University.
On Saturday, July 22, 1967, Acie was married to Carolyn Earl and they spent 52 years together prior to her passing on October 6, 2018. Together, they had four sons, Acie II (Tiffani), Brenton I, Chad (Tabia), and Dorian (Agustina). Acie was "Papa" to 14 grandchildren and one great-grandson, who he always found time to roughhouse with and tell stories too. Acie and Carolyn loved their family, friends, and community, and cherished bringing everyone together for holidays and family traditions.
Acie worked at Black Hawk College for 48 years, teaching Business and Economics. There was never a time he wouldn't stay late to answer a student’s question or work through a business math problem. He retired in July of 2021 and was granted Professor Emeritus in May of 2022. Following retirement, he enjoyed traveling and seeing his favorite musical artists from Motown.
Acie was an active member of Progressive Baptist Church in Davenport, IA. He served as the Chairman of the Deacon Ministry for over 30 years. He also enjoyed teaching Sunday school, bible study, and Lunch Break in the Word. Deacon Earl also served as Dean of Students at Quad City Theological Center (formerly known as ABT, Nashville, Tennessee) for seven years, and taught various bible classes at the school for over 45 years.
Acie will always be remembered for his work ethic and the example he set for those around him. Acie was the first of his family to attend a four-year university and by doing so, changed the trajectory of the Earl family for generations to come. He will be remembered by those closest to him for always having a good analogy, his magical tooth pulling skills, the classic "Moline" sweatshirt, and the many stories and memories we have been blessed to share over the course of his life.
Acie is survived by his children, Acie II (Tiffani), Brenton I, Chad (Tabia), Dorian (Agustina), and Godson Rob “Lil’ Sizzler” Slaughter. He was “Papa" to Kendra, Kenya, Keonna, Kacie, Acie Kareem, Kiah, Zaiya, Zione, Braxton, Brenton Il, Chace, Winston, Vincent, Julian, and great-grandfather to Kash. He is also survived by siblings, Barbara (John) Brooks, Mark (Cheryl) Earl, and Glen (Jacqueline) Earl; and a sister-in-law, Zandra Earl. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Carolyn; a brother, Leon Earl; and his parents.
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