Mr. Ernst played professional baseball. He met his wife of 61 years, Jean Spivey, when he was playing for the Asheville Tourists in 1946. His business ventures included managing parking lots and owner / operator of Quality Vending Company.
A member of Calvary Baptist Church, he performed in a Nursing Home Music Ministry for over 20 years.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Jean Spivey Ernst; three sons, Larry Ernst of Winter Springs, Fla., Ron Ernst of Jacksonville, Fla. and Randy Ernst of Asheville; two grandchildren, Chimene Kalinowski of Oviedo, Fla. and Adrian Ernst of Asheville; two greatgranddaughters, Breanna and Alexis Kalinowski of Oviedo; three nephews, Jon
David Spivey of Asheville, Dick Ernst and David Ernst of Michigan; and a niece, Emily Ernst.
The funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Calvary Baptist Church, with the Revs. Dr. Tom Sawyer and Donald Welborn officiating. Interment will follow at Green Hills Cemetery.
His family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the service at the church.
Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is assisting the family.
The on-line register is available at www.groce funeralhome.com.