Obituaries

Walter Earnest -

Walter “Sonny” Earnest entered into rest on Sunday, November 18, 2012, at John Reed Home in Limestone, Tennessee.

He was the son of the late Pearly and Francis Earnest and was also preceded in death by sisters: Virginia Hamilton, Betty Nance and Alice Tate; brothers: Searles and Worley Earnest.

Sonny loved to sing, especially during Praise and Worship Service at Grace Temple Church, where he attended.

He was also a member of the choir at Thankful Baptist Church. Sonny was a United States Army veteran.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Earnest; daughters, Tonita Derrickson, Gail (John) Chesney, Linda (Kenneth) Earnest; Sons, Frank Gillespie, Bryan (Marylin) Earnest and Gregory Earnest; Sister, Doris Shields; and Uncle, Elmer Earnest; Eleven Grandchildren; several Great Grandchildren; Nieces and Nephews.

Homegoing services were held Friday, November 23, 2012, at Grace Temple Church, Eternal Life Center with Dist. Elder Mark Redd officiating.

Burial followed at the V.A. National Cemetery, Mountain Home.

Professional services by Birchette Mortuary; www.birchettemortuary.com.