I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have loved his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:7-8
Ernestine Dickerson Harvey, born January 19, 1934 in Rowland, MS, was called home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Sunday, December 22, 2019. She led a Christ-like life we should all hope to achieve – she was kind, compassionate, and completely selfless. Her acts of love define her beautiful spirit and are remembered by family, friends, and anyone fortunate enough to have known her.
Ernestine lived a fun-loving and charismatic life. She enjoyed, travel, playing games, gardening, and dancing at any opportunity, although her greatest joy was spending time with family and friends. Known to many and “Tine,” she could often be found rocking a baby or playing Scrabble. She had the spiritual gift of servanthood and joyfully met the needs of those around her. Her blue eyes were as warm as her laugh and she never met a stranger.
She was a long-time member of First Baptist Church of Baker, and more recently, New Life Church of Baker. She proudly lived and shared her faith without reservation, which included a mission trip to the Philippines with her nephew Junior.
Ernestine is survived by her three children: Thomas Harvey, Jr., and wife Elisa, Debbie Williams and husband Tim, and Roy Harvey; eight grandchildren: Sheradan Pate and husband Chris, Jessa Findley and husband Brian, Amber Valentine and husband Clay, Jennifer Mc Sweet and husband Jonathan, Heather Dunn and husband Tristan, Ben Harvey and wife Emily, Merrell Harvey, and Aspen Harvey; and 11 great-grandchildren Isaac Findley, Sage Pate, Audra McSweet, Everly Findley, Bodhi Pate, Clay Valentine, Jr., Garrison McSweet, Vincent Valentine, Mathias McSweet, Ellianne McSweet, and soon-to-be born Verity McSweet. Additionally, she will be missed by the many members of both the Dickerson and Harvey families.
She is reunited in heaven with her mother, Birdie Jewell, and her father, Arthur. She was also preceded in death by sisters Beatrice, LouElla, Hazel, Madge, Blanche, Sally; and brothers Carroll, Arthur “Noody,” Wallace, Vernon, Archie, Tommy, and daughter-in-law Julie (wife of Roy).
The celebration of Ernestine Dickerson Harvey’s life will be held Friday, December 27, and Saturday, December 28, at Baker Funeral Home. See details below. Services will be led by Reverend Gary Richerson.
Pallbearers will be Felix “Buster” Buckalou, Bobby Culmone, Tristan Dunn, Ben Harvey, Merrell Harvey, Jonathan McSweet, Greg Truhler, and Clay Valentine.
All the heartfelt expressions of sympathy and rejoicing given at this time are a testament to the generous life she shared so freely. Sincere thanks to all those who have provided care throughout her extended illness.
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