Judge Doyet A. (Jack) Early, III was born in Orangeburg, South Carolina to D. A. (Jack) and Olivia Prevette (Billie) Early.
He attended Florence public schools and was graduated from Lakeland High School (Florida) in 1966 and from USC in 1971. He received his J.D. from USC School of Law in 1974. He was a member of the RHO Chapter of the Kappa Alpha Order.
After graduation from law school Judge Early began a 30-year practice of law in Bamberg, SC. In 1975 he founded his own private practice, which eventually became the firm of Early and Ness. He practiced criminal law, civil trial litigation, family, probate, and real estate law and served as the county attorney for Bamberg County for 25 years. He was elected as Resident Judge of the Second Judicial Circuit on February 4, 2004 to succeed Rodney A. Peeples; he began his duties on May 1, 2004.
Judge Early is admitted to practice law in all South Carolina Courts, the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has been a member of the South Carolina Bar Association, South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, American Trial Lawyers Association, and American Board of Trial Attorneys (ABOTA). He served on the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline, the Judicial Qualifications Committee of the South Carolina Bar, and was President of the Bamberg County Public Defender Corporation. He also served on the local advisory Board of South Carolina Bank and Trust Bamberg until, March 2004, was chairman of the S.C. Heart Fund and was President of the Bamberg-Ehrhardt Red Raider Booster Club.
He and his wife, Lee Foy Early, of Barnwell, SC, live on their farm in Bamberg County and Edisto Beach. They have two sons, one daughter-in-law and two grandchildren; William P. Early, an attorney in Charleston, and his wife Dasher (Harvey) and daughters, Doyet Lesesne Early, and Harvey All Foy Early; Ross H. Early, lives in Charleston, SC. He is a member of the First Baptist Church in Bamberg.