She Leaves a Beautiful Legacy
Ernie was born on Feb 4, 1947 in Morehead Kentucky. She moved as a child to Indiana.
She grew up as the middle sister to Margaret Hamm (and the late Gene Hamm) and Brenda Culver (and the late Bob Culver). They took the opportunity to get together as much as possible and though they were separated throughout their adult lives by distance, that did not weaken their bond. The love for her sisters and their families has gotten stronger and stronger throughout the years. She leaves a beautiful legacy of keeping connected to your roots.
In 1965 Ernie joined the Navy and within a few years, she was stationed in Orlando, Florida, where she served as an X-ray tech, which she continued to do for over 20 years for her career. While at the Naval Hospital in Orlando, she met a young and handsome man in the hospital named George and it was love at first sight. Within the year, Ernie and George were happily married and they just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. She leaves a beautiful legacy of love, commitment and respect.
Ernie lived her life as a proud Navy Veteran and Navy Wife. She stood beside George for his entire 22 year Navy Career and his 21 years in Civil Service and beyond. She has passed on her respect and love for our men and women in service to her family and friends. During their Navy time, the family had the opportunity to live in 6 states (Florida, California, Ohio, Missouri and North Carolina). She leaves a beautiful legacy of service and honor.
Ernie and George were blessed with two wonderful daughters, Cassandra Greenwood and Jennifer McLamb who married two men, who were often referred to as her “super son-in-law’s” - Lance Greenwood and Chad McLamb. Ernie and George have a total of 5 grandchildren, Tabitha Greenwood, Sarah McLamb, Andrew McLamb, Collin McLamb and Jalyn Greenwood who adore them both. Ernie poured her love into her children and grandchildren whether she was in the same room or across the country, she was there to help guide them, support them and ensure they had the best opportunities to become good citizens of our world. She leaves a beautiful legacy of making family her top priority.
In their retirement years, Ernie and George took to the road in an RV and camping became their passion. With her RV family, Ernie was able to explore so many amazing places around our great country. Her and George’s life on the road was full of adventures and created memories and experiences that will last a lifetime. They continued their life of service, as the Family Campers and RVers Regional Directors. She leaves a beautiful legacy of friendship, exploration and adventure.
Ernie lived life to the fullest, loved unconditionally and made an everlasting impact on those who were on her journey with her. She will be remembered as a fun-loving, kind and strong woman. She was a proud American and Navy Veteran. She will be greatly missed, but she leaves a beautiful legacy.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, Feb. 17th at 1:00pm at Jones Funeral Home, Jacksonville Chapel. Burial will follow with military honors at Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.
The family will receive friends one hour on Monday, prior to the service.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to the Lower Cape Fear LifeCare, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401 or to Carobell Inc, 198 Cinnamon Dr., Hubert, NC 28539
They also request your presence at their home for fellowship and reflection, 1031 Massey Rd., Jacksonville following the committal services.
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