John D. Earnest

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 14, 2005

GReenville-Mr. John D. Earnest, 74, a lifelong resident of Greenville, passed away at his home on Thursday, June 9, 2005 of heart failure. He was surrounded by family and friends.

He was a lifelong and faithful member and servant as deacon of Antioch West Baptist Church.

He was a member of the Kiwanis Club and served as president in 1979.

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He was named Butler County's 1981 Leadership Award winner in the Alabama Resource and Leadership Development Program, Man of the Year and served on the

Butler County Water Board.

He was employed at Structural Wood for 38 years.

He was well known for his dedicated work at this woodworking shop, Earnest Cabinet Shop.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2005 from Antioch West Baptist Church with the Rev. Watson Wasden officiating.

Interment will follow in the Antioch West Cemetery with Harrison Funeral Home directing.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Cheatham Earnest and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Earnest.

He is survived by two daughters, Terry (David) Crutchfield, of Birmingham, and Julie (Ryan) Waller, of Decatur; two grandsons, Jackson and Rex Crutchfield, of Birmingham and grandson Jack Ryan Waller, who is due to be born on Aug. 11, 2005; three brothers, Gene Earnest and Van (Jane) Earnest, all of Greenville and Wayne (Betty) Earnest, of Montgomery.

Visitation was held on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Harrison Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Harold Turner, Charles Langford, Stringer Pritchett, J.W. McCullough, Carey Thompson and Bill Farrar.

Honorary pallbearers will be Ralph Sims, Loble Hudson, Randy Boswelland Elton Jones.

Memorials may be made to the Ruby Earnest Benevolent Fund, Antioch West Baptist Church, 968 Sandcutt Road, Greenville, AL 36037.