Earnest “Ernie” Smith, 70, of Amarillo, TX died July 14, 2020.
Services will be at 11:00 A.M., Monday, July 20, 2020, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Rev. Thacker Haynes from McLean United Methodist Church officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, Amarillo.
Earnest was born on June 24, 1950 to Howard Lee Smith and Noreen Ferris Smith in Borger, TX. He often called himself a “Booger Baby.” He grew up on a farm learning to chop cotton, raise pigs for show, and loading and stacking hay.
Earnest attended McLean Schools for 12 years and was in the 1969 graduating class. He has a gift of speed and set several track records. He also played football for the McLean Tigers. His speed and agility helped him on his way to college where he attended Washington State on a football scholarship and later to Northern Arizona State. Earnest wound up at West Texas State University where he met his future wife, Helen. Although they did not connect until several years later.
Earnest met and married Connie and adopted her daughter, Julie. Although the union was brief, he loved and cared for his adopted daughter.
Earnest then became reacquainted with Helen and after a year of courtship, they married on December 7, 1980 in Olton, TX. They set up housekeeping on Bolton Street and he was employed at Barker Cabinets where he would learn his profession of cabinet maker. Not long after Mr. Barker retired, Earnest started his own cabinet business, Earnest Smith Custom Cabinets, in his garage. Word spread of his craftmanship, honesty, and diligence to produce a good product. He remained in the cabinet business until his death. He often told friends and family he would never retire. He loved his work that much.
Earnest was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Noreen Smith.
He leaves behind his sister, Brinda Hembree; brother, Terry Smith and wife Linda; sister, Galynn West and husband Billy; wife of 39-years, Helen Smith; children, Julie Sharp, Jill Deleon and husband Adrian, Weston Smith, and Colton Smith; grandchildren, Mason Sharp, Cordell Sharp, Isaac Sharp, Luke Deleon, and Clark Deleon; one great-grandchild, Colin Sharp; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was a beloved generous man who gave freely of his time, attention, and love to his friends, family, and strangers.
The world has lost a great man, but heaven has gained a master craftsman.
The family will receive friends from 3:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M., Sunday, July 19, 2020, at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home, 2800 Paramount Blvd.