Ernest Edward Bing

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Ernest Edward Bing, Jr. (Butch) was born on April 26th, 1950 in Hempstead, New York to Peggy and Ernest Bing Sr of Fletcher, North Carolina. He died on the 18th of September in his sleep at his home in Fletcher. Ernest (Butch) was raised in Queens, New York and attended John Adams High School. He took numerous college courses throughout his lifetime and valued the lessons both school and life taught him. Ernest moved to Fletcher in 2004 to provide full time care for his aged parents in a friendly and warm environment. He had been devoted to their care, until his untimely death. He enjoyed Asheville and the many outlets for his interest in the arts, holistic well being and education that he pursued here. Ernest was known as an intelligent, thoughtful, witty, caring soul with a great sense of humor. In recent years, he was a great proponent of the rights of women and was for many years active in the National Organization for Women. During his youth, he was also active in performing arts in New York and Providence, Rhode Island. In Providence, he was active in the Brown University Rites and Reasons theatre company. He and his wife, Linda Faye West, met in New York and married in 1975 in Valley Stream, New York. Ernest was a doting father to his only child, Kweli Linde Bing, who was born in 1981 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. After years of working in Human Services in Rhode Island and Colorado, Ernest joined the United States Navy in 1984. He served proudly for 10 years as a USN photographer who saw tours of duty here and abroad. He received numerous honors for service during Operation Desert Shield/ Desert Storm. He was honorably discharged in 1994 and lived with his wife and daughter in Virginia Beach Virginia until relocating to New York and then Fletcher. His loving spirit and memory are cherished by his wife Linda, daughter Kweli, parents Peggy and Ernest Sr. and sisters Elaine Roston and Christine Logan and brother-in-law William Roston. His sister Evelyn Edmonds preceded him in death. His nieces; Cami Roberts, Lacey Hill and Alexis Roston, join nephews Corey Roberts, Drew Roston and Malcom Roston in mourning his passing. A host of loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and grand nieces and nephews will also miss him. Among his many friends, he would be proud to know his lifelong friend, Frank “Leon” Williams, is officiating at his service today at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian. The family will receive friends following the service

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  1. Kweli & Linda,
    We were so sorry to hear of your sudden loss. You are both in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. Kweli and Linda:

    Our sincere condolences on your loss. May you draw strength from each other and your many family and friends during this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    The Hafley Family
    Wendell, Vici, Lauren & Sarah

  3. We are saddened to learn of Ernest’s passing. May you find strength in your memories of him and knowing others care and support you. The Flavin Family

  4. Our deepest sympathy to your family for your sudden loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Julie, Steve, Cori and Stephy

  5. Our sincerest sympathy at Ernest’s passing. We send you our prayers and much love, Anita, Marie, Eric and Darren

  6. Kweli,

    My deepest sympathy goes to you and your family for the loss of your father. Your family will be in my prayers. God bless.

  7. The Home Based Primary Care Team at the Veteran’s Hospital admired and will miss Mr. Bing. A devoted caregiver and a gentle soul.

    Vivian E. Mullican, Nurse Practitioner
    Home Based Primary Care – VAMC

  8. Linda, Kweli & family:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss.
    Rosalie & Shannon

  9. I’m so sorry for your sudden loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.


    Joanna Schlabaugh

  10. Linda, Kweli, and family,

    You have my deepest sympathy for your suddden loss. I hope you can take a measure of comfort in knowing that you have a circle of friends, family and coworkers to support and care for you as you navigate these difficult times.

    Maryann Kettyle

  11. Linda and Kweli
    My deepest sympathy goes out to the both of you. The sudden lost of a love one can be devastating, please know that in this time of sorrow your faith will keep you strong.

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