Ernest Neil Bethea born December 19, 1951 to the late Arneeta Bethea and Neil Bethea of Wilmington NC. Ernest had 4 sisters: Molly Shaw (Wilmington NC), Jacqueline Molly Morris (Wilmington NC) and Annie George and Gail Barnett who proceeded him in death. Ernest has two brothers Marvin Jones (Wilmington NC) and James Jones (Durham NC).
Ernest graduated from Williston Senior High School in Wilmington, NC. Ernest went on to be with the Lord on November 16, 2017. He served in the US Army and after he was honorably discharged he worked for the State of NC with Department of transportation for several years until he retired.
Ernest had a zest for life and was loved by all he knew. It gave him great joy talking about older times and singing with his brothers and sisters. He loved music and had a beautiful singing voice and was well respected in his community. Ernest will be missed by his family and is leaving behind cousins and a host of nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.
Funeral Service will be Wednesday, November 29, 2017 11:00 am at Wilmington Funeral Chapel.
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