Rev. Charles Earnest Sr., retired clergy


Rev. Charles Earnest Sr.
retired clergy

ABERDEEN – The Rev. Charles Edward Earnest Sr., 85, a retired pastor, died July 3, 2008, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.

Graveside services were held July 5 at Oddfellows Rest Cemetery with the Rev. Larry Maugh officiating. Pallbearers were Jay Hollis, Billy Earnest, Trey Hollis, Adam Johnson, Tyler Johnson and Matthew Walker. Honorary pallbearers were Joe Tuggle Jr., Hal Marcum, Robert Ira Davis, Joe Doss Earnest, James Ervin Earnest, John Edward Earnest, Jack William Earnest, Ronnie Raigins and Jimmy Raigins.

Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.

He was born Sept. 25, 1922, in Chickasaw County to Ervin Joseph Earnest Sr. and Linda White Buntin. He lived in Aberdeen for the past 20 years. He graduated from Wood Junior College, Mississippi State University and Emory University. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Aberdeen and the American Legion Daniel W. Bird Post No. 26 in Aberdeen. He was a retired United Methodist minister, serving at Becker Charge, Woodland Circuit, Gaines Chapel in Corinth, Byhalia, Coldwater, Hernando, Charleston, St. Mark in Aberdeen, Eupora and Calhoun City, and retiring in Macon. He was a retired supply minister for seven years in Hamilton. He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two grandchildren, Sarah Louise Hollis and Emma Louise Earnest; and a son-in-law, Lendon E. Hart.

Survivors include: wife, Lois Awtrey Earnest of Aberdeen; daughters, Linda E. Hollis of Meridian and Lois E. Hart of Oak Ridge, Tenn.; son, Charles E. Earnest Jr. of Aberdeen; brother, E.J. Earnest Jr. of Woodland; and five grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Aberdeen, the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo or to a charity of the donor’s choice.