Ernie Lee Hearin
February 27, 1939 - August 07, 2017
The Richness of Selma Life – So dear to Ernie Lee Hearin, Feb 27, 1939 – August 07, 2017.
A grateful note from the family to you all.
Perhaps you know of Ernie Hearin – many of you do. We regret to share with you that Ernie passed recently after a year-long and heroic battle with lung cancer. True to Ernie's nature – his wit and dignity prevailed through the highs and lows of his life.
Selma/The Central Valley had been home to Ernie and his family for most of his life. Born in Arkansas, sixth son to a family of eight siblings, Ernie found his love here in Selma where he discovered lifelong joy, love and compassion with his wife Judy. The Navy was a large part of Ernie's life where he discovered the world and those things that make a man humble such as witnessing the ominous power of the Nuclear age, the Vietnam War, many duty stations at sea and on land where he raised and mentored two sons, Phillip and Kevin, while serving his country and living life with honor as a Husband, Father and close friend to those he stood by.
Many times over this past year our family was reminded of the kindness of Ernie and the richness of living in the valley community. Nearly everywhere we shared with Ernie -- medical appointments, shopping, sitting by the river or just being Selma – someone knew him and sparked fond memories of them and shared moments that made Ernie the man he was to all -- as a Friend, Navy Man, Colleague, Coach, Man of Chores and Solutions or just someone who would be there to listen with a kind ear without judgement supporting the moment with words of understanding.
Despite how tough it all was, he and our family were touched often by many with deeply heartening messages from folks who Ernie had either coached / umpired in baseball, served with, worked with, prayed with, traveled with or just shared Valley life.
Most touching were the personal touches he received from those who cared for Ernie, filled his prescriptions, provided treatment, made delicious breakfasts, provided comfort support for the moments when things were dark and respected his wishes. The giving of one's self to others was an lifelong ethic that Ernie practiced and those he touch returned that to him in his time of need with great compassion, honor and acknowledgment of the kindness he once showed for them; for that we are forever grateful and in your debt, humbled by your compassion and caring for Ernie.
To these many friends and acquaintances, we' d like you to know how very special you were to Ernie. While many think he's so wonderful – he felt the same of you.
The family will be having a community gathering in celebration of Ernie's life to say farewell to Ernie as you' d like on Saturday, October 21, 2017, 12pm to 4pm at the Selma Mobile Home Estate Club House located at 2561 Stillman St. Selma. Refreshments and light food will be served for an easy of remembrance. The celebration will be hosted by close friends and the community of which he loved greatly. For all that are traveling or will be elsewhere on this day please celebrate as your beliefs guide you – be it a contribution in his honor, a gathering among friends or just a private moment.
Ernie is survived by his Wife Judy, Sons and Daughters-in-Law Phillip and Ginny, Kevin and Mellissa with Grandsons, Eric, Ryan, Mathew, and Devon. Sisters: Fay, Nona, Phillis and brother: Joe. Many nephews, nieces and cousin's.
Blessed be to All.