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Saturday, December 10, 2022
Starts at 2:00 pm (Eastern time)
Retired US Army MSG Earl J. Moniz, 74, of Fayetteville, passed away on Thursday, December 1, 2022.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2022, at 2 pm at Sullivan's Highland Chapel. The family will receive friends following the service.
Earl is survived by his wife of 50 years, Miko Moniz; son, Joe Moniz and his wife, Hyejin, of New York City; daughter, Leesa Rickards of Florida; one granddaughter, Maleesa; step-mother, Evelyn Heu; sister, Elise Moniz of Maui; and brother, Elliot Moniz of Maui.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Eric Moniz, his father Edward Moniz, and his mother Marie Han.
Earl served in the US Army as a radio operator, radio teletype operator, man-portable tactical satellite radio operator, and tactical communications supervisor from 1968-1990. Earl retired in 1990 as an E8 after 22 years of service where he then pursued different adventures.
Earl attended Fayetteville State University and graduated on the National Dean's List and Summa Cum Laude in 1994. In 1998, he graduated from North Carolina Central University with a Masters in Library Science. From 1994-1996, Earl was a classroom teacher at sixth and eighth grade level for Social Studies and Language Arts. He then worked as a federal librarian for the History Office on base until 2015.
After retirement, he took his wife and granddaughter on a cross-country adventure seeing 26 states including visiting the countries Japan and Bali.
Earl was a kind and loving husband, father, and grandfather. His goal after retirement was to help others, and spent most of his time and efforts volunteering with those in need. With his skillsets in photography and videography - he assisted whenever and wherever he could. From the NC community to Florida - Earl J. was incredibly selfless in giving back to all those who would accept his help. He was best known for his sense of humor, and would create his own light and uplifting environment no matter who he was with. He loved to share jokes and fun facts, and never met a stranger. Earl's legacy lives on through his surviving family, and they will carry on his honor for the incredible life he lived.