Ralph Earnhardt

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Ralph J. Earnhardt

NORRIS, Tenn. - Ralph Jackson Earnhardt, 78, passed away peacefully at home in Norris on June 26, 2014.

He was born Sept. 17, 1935, in Salisbury, N.C., to Katharine Virginia Forrest and Ralph Vestor Earnhardt, who preceded him in death.

Ralph was a graduate of the Class of 1954, Boyden High School in Salisbury. He then served in the U.S. Navy for four years on Icebreaker AGB1 in the Arctic and Antarctic. He was also a special agent in the police department for the Southern Railroad/ Norfolk Southern before retiring.

Ralph was of the Lutheran faith and attended Norris United Methodist Church. His love of nature, the outdoors, fishing and his German shepherds gave him much enjoyment. He was a lifetime NRA member and kept in touch with his classmates from Boyden High School.

He is survived and will be greatly missed by his beloved wife, Rosa C. Earnhardt; the Cheung family; and many cousins and friends.

Service: A Memorial Service will be held in his honor on Tuesday, July 1 at 4 p.m. at Norris UMC, with Pastor Wayne Hedrick officiating.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Ralph's memory to either the Norris Animal Shelter or Norris UMC.

The family wishes to extend gratitude to the staff of Amedysis Hospice of Knoxville, Amedysis Healthcare Oak Ridge, Pastor Wayne Hedrick, and all the special family and friends who have been there.

Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel and Crematory is honored to serve the Earnhardt family, and invites you to view and sign their guestbook at www.gentrygriffey.com.

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5301 Fountain Rd
Knoxville, TN 37918
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Published in Salisbury Post on June 28, 2014
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