Ernest L. Kitchens
Wrens, GA – Ernest Lamar Kitchens, 85, loving husband of 61 years to Rubye Huff Kitchens, entered into rest Monday morning, February 23, 2015 at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Thursday, February 26, 2015 at Reedy Creek Baptist Church with Rev. John A. Jenkins and Jack McCorkle officiating. Interment will follow in the Jefferson County Memorial Gardens.
Ernest was one of four children born to the late Beulah Stapleton Kitchens and the late William Thomas Kitchens in Glascock County. A patriot, he proudly served our country in the Army where he was a certified diesel mechanic, and was a member of American Legion Post # 229. After the army, he was a barber, worked at Georgia-Tennessee and retired with 19 years of service with Thiele Kaolin. Ernest faithfully served his Lord at Reedy Creek Baptist Church for 70 years and was Deacon Emeritus. He enjoyed fishing, working with his cows, and going to auctions buying his “treasures”. Being a people-person, he loved being around others and talking—about anything. He loved his family and church family and gave freely of himself. His loving, generous spirit will be greatly missed.
Ernest is also preceded in death by his two siblings, Mary Agnes Hobbs and Kenneth Kitchens. Other survivors include his son, Jeffrey A. Kitchens; sister, Jennell Clark; sister-in-law, Audrey Rose; brother-in-law, Robert Huff; and several nieces and nephews. Serving as pallbearers will be the active deacons of Reedy Creek. Honorary pallbearers will be the inactive deacons, Larry Hudson, Lindsey Leverett, Brian Usry and Phil Usry.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that memorial contributions be made to Reedy Creek Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Mark Davis, 214 Old Thomson Road, Wrens GA 30833.
Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free.
I'm following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard Him call;
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way;
I found that place at the close of the day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss;
Ah, yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow--
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much--
good friends, good times, a loved ones touch.
Perhaps my time seems all too brief;
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Life up your heart and share with me;
God wanted me now--He set me free.