Ernestine R. Erwin

ernestine erwin
Ernestine R. Erwin, 57, of 300 Old 19-23 Highway, Candler, died Saturday, September 1, 2012, at the John F. Keever Hospice Solace Center. Mrs. Erwin was born in Buncombe County and was a daughter of the late Earnest R. and Blanche Sharpe Reeves. She was a 1972 graduate of Enka High. After having kids, she started a successful ceramics business, Ceramic Craze, and generously donated her time to teach others the craft. As her kids got older, she rejoined the workforce and spent 15 years at ITT Automotive and more recently at GE Aviation as an Engineering Administrative Assistant. She was a member of Ridgeway Baptist Church. Mrs. Erwin loved her family more than anything; she never met a stranger and was always an inspiration to others, bringing a smile to everyone around her. Those in need always found a friend and a helping hand, while stray cats and dogs always found a good home. She will be greatly missed by her husband, Tom Erwin; daughter Stephanie Garner (Matt); son, Nickie Buckner (Julia Pol Isaac); step-daughter, Hailey Medford (Isaac); step-son Craig Erwin; and brother Ronnie Reeves (Beth Lawing). The love she bestowed will always hold a special place in their hearts. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Rev. Jack W. Collins officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to CarePartners Hospice John F. Keever Solace Center, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.

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  1. Tom, Nick and JP, Steph and Matt, Graig, Haley and Issac, and Ronnie and Beth, my deepest heartfelt sympathy in the loss of such a free-spirited wife, mother, sister, and in my case, one-of-a-kind-friend. Looking the world over, there has never been a more special person with so much love and compassion to give. Thankfully you were all able to be there for her as she was always there for everybody else. Even in this trying time, she was still worried about what you would all do without her but never had a selfish thought to worry about herself. Thankfully she is in a better place and has left her memories forever engraved in the hearts of many who will always rememer how full of life she was and how much love she bestowed on the people who were lucky enough to have known and loved her. Love and prayers to you all.

  2. Dear Tommy,
    I am sorry to hear of the passing of Earnie please accept my sympathy and prayer’s.Will be thinking of you.
    Pat Williams

  3. Tom, Steph, and family, I am heart broken to hear of ernestine’s passing. She was a GREAT woman that loved everyone in her life and would give u her last dime. I pray GOD will give u peace at this time in your life, No words can ease your pain but, please beleive she is in no more pain and she is looking down from above and smiling at all of us. If there is anything i can do please let me know. Love you all, Kenneth..

  4. Dear Erwin Family, Ernie will be missed by us all who knew her. We do have the confidence and assurance to know that she is resting peacefully ‘on the other side’ and is suffering no more. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Tracy & Sheila Penland

  5. So sorry to hear about Ernie. My deepest sympathy to all. Ernie and I had some great times together while we were growing up through school and at work at American Enka Plant. May God Bless

  6. Steph and Matt,
    Wishing you peace and comfort at this difficult time. Let us know if you need anything at all.
    With love,
    Gail and Nishan

  7. To Niki and Stephanie, I am very sorry you lost your Mom. She was a lot of fun and a very good hearted person. She was a Great Mom. I will always remember the good times we had when you guys played soccer and grew up together. Doris Ogle/Jim, and Michael Ogle

  8. Ernestine was a classmate and good friend. She will be missed by many. Her family will be in my thoughts and prayers……

  9. We are so sorry for your loss. Ronny & Beth – you will be in our prayers as will the rest of the family.

  10. Dear Erwin family, I am very sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy,thoughts and prayers. Karen Botkins and son,Stephen

  11. Nicky and Stephanie,we are so sorry for your loss…your mom was certainly a fine person that seemed to love everyone. She was so friendly and smiled all the time…After we moved to Pigeon Forge, TN she came and visited several times. She will be missed…I talked to her a couple of months ago and she was still laughing and joking in spite of her illness…Bless her precious heart…
    You all are in our prayers…Joe and Marcia

  12. We will miss Earnie she was such a nut. When you had a bad day she would make it become a good day . We sure did love her . Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love Ricky and Cheryl Head and family

  13. My love, hugs & prayers to Stephanie & all the family. May good memories, family, friends & the grace of God give you all the peace & strength to make it through this difficult time.
    Felicia Hunter

  14. Nickie and Stephanie,
    Please be assured of our love and concern for the both of you during this time. Ernie was just like a mom to me and I felt like she thought I was a second son, even when she didn’t recognize me when I pretended to be selling Bibles at her house a year ago :). Please let me know if you need anything. Jackie will do a great job using the Word to bring comfort at the funeral. He taught me everything I know. Love you, brother and sis!

  15. As with many others, Ernie was like a second mom. She bestowed her great wisdom, Ernieisms, love and laughter upon all that who were blessed to have known her. She has started a new and wonderful journey so don’t be sad. Rejoice in the fact that she will live on in everyones heart that had the privilege of meeting her. I love you guys and you are all in my prayers.

  16. Ernie, We all loved you so much, you were such a great person, wife, mother, friend, employee, and such a great and important part of our lives. You were always willing to help with a big smile and from the goodness of your heart. You gave so much and expected so little in return. We will forever miss you. Only God knows why you had to be taken so soon, however, we all know that he had a great purpose in life for you and that you more than fulfilled that purpose with goodness and greatness, rest in peace. May God Bless and keep your family during these difficult times and forever and ever.

    James King and all your friends at G.E. Aviation

  17. It’s such a shock to hear, I’m so thankful that I was able to see Ernie at the hospital when back in town recently. We talked a lot and she was so upbeat even in light of what she was dealing with! That’s only one of the traits I loved about this wonderful lady, the glass was always half full! My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May God give you the peace that you need and deserve, Ernie is without pain and suffering and in a better place.

  18. Dearest Family. Our hearts are so sad for Ernie’s passing. She was such a beautiful person and spirit. Always so compassionate, sincere, strong and always making others laugh. Thank you Tommy for bringing her into our family. Mom and Dad loved her dearly too. She was absolutely an ‘Earth Angel.’ She lightened our lives and brought us joy, now she is filling Heaven with joy. Peace to you Sweet Ernie, thank you for all you did for our family. Tommy and Family, we pray for your Peace as well.
    The Max and Ernie Family.

  19. Ernie will be missed. She was a person that always made you feel better about yourself by just talking to her. She was full of laughter and love. One of the most special people I have ever known. She had such a gift to make people laugh. She made my life better having known her. Our love and prayers go out to her special family.

  20. Tommy, sorry to hear of your loss. I only met Ernie once but it was like I had known her for years. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  21. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.Ernie was a classmate and friend during our school years and Nicky played ball with my boys. She will be missed by all who had the privilege to know her. God Bless

  22. We were sad to hear of Ernestine’s passing, and sad that we haven’t seen her in several years. She blessed our lives when she babysat our son. She was such a loving person, and I know she will be missed so much. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of her family. Love, Jan & Roger

  23. Ernie,
    As your new journey begins, I can only thank you for your friendship and memories while you were here with us. You will be sorely missed but greatly remembered.

  24. So sorry to hear of Ernies passing.She brought many smiles and much laughter to her coworkers.My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

  25. Nickie and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Lauronda told us of her struggle. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this time of loss.

  26. Tommy & family
    I was so sorry to hear about your loss. She was such a wonderful person, everyone who knew her was blessed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Alice Gragg

  27. Tommy,I am so sorry to hear of Ernie’s passing. My thoughts also go to her son and daughter and to your son and daughter. You are good people and my deepest sympathy to all of you.
    Chuck Bailey

  28. Oh my Goodness, what a Blessing you were to me, always there, always listening, and most of all always laughing! What a Inspiration to so many people.
    If everyone had just a touch of you, what a much better place it would be!
    To the Family..God Bless you all!

  29. We will miss Ernie’s smiling face and warm personality. She was a like a ray of sunshine every day and brought so much cheer to us all. We will continue to keep the family in our prayer during this difficult time.

  30. I am a childhood friend of Ernestine. She made me laugh and we had fun growing up. I considered her a best friend back then and wish I could have reconnected with her. To the family I am so sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers.

  31. Sometimes when one person is missing, the whole world seems depopulated.’ – Lamartine

    Whatever soothes your spirit, comforts your soul, and brings you peace – that is what i wish for you all during this sad time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Love always,

  32. Our thoughts and prayers to the immediate and extended family of Ernie. We will miss her smile and laughter. She never had a down day. An inspriration to us all. We will miss you Ernie .

  33. We will miss Ernie so much,such a beautifull person inside and out.Always there to listen and make you feel good and share a smile with you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Pat and Mike

  34. Tommy and Family, I feel so blessed to have had Ernie as part of my life. She was such a wonderful friend and will be deeply missed. Just take peace in knowing that she is in such a wonderful place.

  35. Dear tommy, my prayers goes out to you and the family.I had a chance to work with ernie for 10 years. She was person that never met a stranger. She will be missed but not forgotten.

  36. Sending lots of positive thoughts and well wishes to Ernie’s family. Getting to know Ernie at GE and experiencing her kindness, humor and compassion was a true gift. She will be missed. Rest in peace Ernie.

  37. Tom, my prayers are with you and your family. No matter how stressed she was at work she could smile and laugh about it. She will be missed.

  38. Tommy my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I feel fortunate to have had the pleasure of knowing such a special person as Ernie. She has touched so many and made the world a better place for it.

  39. Stephanie and family, our thoughts and prayers are there with you even though we can’t be.
    With much love,

  40. From all the comments left so far it is very clear that Ernestine was dearly loved by so very many people. I pray you all find joy in remembering all the wonderful times you spent with her. And know that God promises that if we draw close to Him then He will draw close to us – James 4:8. So never underestimate the power of prayer. He is ALWAYS there to listen and most importantly provide comfort.

  41. Tommie…keeping you in my prayers dear cousin for this great loss. Ernie was such a joy to be around! Mama and I will miss her at our family get togethers. God comfort you as only he can. Love Dana

  42. Tommy,

    Sandy & I were shocked to hear about your wife. We are in Oregon this morning and won’t be back for a couple of weeks. We’re driving so we couldn’t make it back for the service. Sandy & I have both been down this same road so we can understand at least in part what you are feeling and I know it doesn’t make sense. We’ll be in touch when we get back but know in the meantime you have our deepest sympathy and we’ll be praying for strength and wisdom for you in the coming days. Glad to hear at least your dad is doing some better. I’d like to call you but don’t have your phone number. Our e-mail is so you could send me your number that way or leave me a message at 828-550-3892. See you soon.

  43. Tom and family, our hearts are heavy for all of you. Ernie was such a character, always making our day whenever we saw her! Even during her tough times, she was more concerned about all of you – what an example of true love.
    Terry and Donna

  44. So sorry for your loss. I believe Ernie was an angel put here on earth to bring joy and happiness to those who were going through difficult struggles. She always had a kind word to say and could make anyone laugh. She was smart, beautiful talented, and always saw the best in everything. We love ya Ernie, rest in peace. You are in a much better place.

  45. I’m so very ,very sorry to hear of Erintine’s passing . I saw her last at Pisgah manor where her Mother Blanche was before she died .she was so worried about her Mother . I hadn’t seen Ernie in many years .but, boy back in the day when we in school ,hanging out after school ..she was always so much fun. always so down to earth .I will never forget her .she would heat the iron up and iron her hair straight ..Lol ..4 decades before straighting irons were invented .I really liked her curly hair was Indian straight . I just wanted to give my condolences to her husband and children .what a beautiful person you all had as a part of your lives .💗 May she rest in peace 🙏 💔 I just heard the news of her passing today .I’m so very sorry .the Void never goes away .

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