Ernest Herring, 92, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, great-great grandfather and friend to many, was called to his eternal resting place on August 21, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. He entered this world on November 12, 1924 in Bogalusa, LA, born to Stanley and Oakley Herring. He was raised in Sandy Hook, MS, and was long-time resident of Baker. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy, retired from Exxon Refinery in Baton Rouge, and was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Baker. He spent his golden years traveling, gardening, playing his guitar, and being with his family at every opportunity.
Ernest is survived by his loving wife of 72 years, Juanita Dunaway Herring; daughters, Paula and husband, Butch Westbrook, and Cheryl and husband, Bill Ory; grandchildren, Monica Decker, Cherisse and husband, Brandon Carey, Cyndi and husband, Todd Kearney, Wesley and Crystal Ory; great-grandchildren, Frank Lees, Jr., Melissa Craig, Joshua Duncan, Harley Johnson, Jeremy and Ashlynn Kearney; great-great grandchildren, Isabelle and Elizabeth Craig, Solara Johnson, Priya and Joshua Duncan, Jr.; and 3 sisters.
Ernest is preceded in death by his parents Stanley and Oakley Herring, 6 brothers and 3 sisters.
Pallbearers will be Butch Westbrook, Bill Ory, Todd Kearney, Wes Ory, Joshua Duncan, and Jeremy Kearney.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Ronnie Valentine, Randy Herring, Frank Lees, Jr., Harley Johnson, Kevin Herring, and Stan Herring.
Relatives and friends are invited to join the family for the visitation at Baker Funeral Home, 6401 Groom Road, Baker, LA, on Wednesday, August, 23, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at Baker Funeral Home from 9:00 a.m. until the funeral service at 11:00 a.m. officiated by Reverend Jay Avance. The graveside service and burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Baker, LA.
A SAILOR DIED TODAY.A TRIBUTE TO EARNEST HERRING
he was getting old and slow and his hair was falling fast as he thought about his friends and stories of the past. of a war that he had fought and the deeds that he had done. in his exploits with his buddies they were heros everyone. and though sometimes in his tales he made them a joke, we all listened intently because we knew whereof he spoke. but we will hear his tales no longer for uncle earnest has passed away and the world is a lot poorer because a sailor died today. he will be mourned by many family and friends but he lived an extraordinary and quiet life.he fought a war, married his sweetheart, raised a family, worked at the plant quietly going his own way and the world wont note his passing but a sailor died today.
the passing of a brave sailor goes unnoticed and unsung but he is the brave fellow who in times of war and strife goes off to serve his country and offers up his life. it is so easy to forget them for it was long ago when the Earnies of our country went to battle but we know who won the freedom that our country so enjoys.
its just the common sailor and his ranks are growing thin but his presence should remind us that we may need his kind again. for when countries get in conflict it is then we find the soldiers part. it is to clean up the troubles that others often start.
if we cannot give him honor while he is here to hear the praise then at least lets give him homage at the ending of his days.
perhaps a simple notice in the paper that would say
OUR COUNTRY IS IN MORNING CAUSE A BRAVE SAILOR DIED TODAY.
note to the family.
we love all yall and are in mourning with yall. uncle earnest will always be my hero. at 18 I wrecked my car and he came to rescue me. I loved to hear him singing, and I always tried to follow his example as well as my dads. these were the great americans and Im not sure we have very many great ones left.
uncle earnest we love you.
gary and beetsie
GARY DUNAWAYBATON ROUGE, LA
You will be sorely missed Uncle Ernest. Thank you for teaching me to bass fish at your camp on Lake Mary. I haven't forgotten what you and your family have always done for your family. We love and miss you. Tell Maw Oakley and Uncle June hello for me.
Kennawayne Crain and family.
Kenneth W CrainNICEVILLE, FL
My dearest uncle, you will be missed especially your smile. You always seem to my mom's needs. She will be glad to see you. Give her a kiss from me. Welcome home. I love forever and a day. Cathy Sue
Cathy Sue Herring MangumDarlington, SC