David Ernest Ernest

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David Lee Ernest, 65, of Columbia, SC went home to live in pure love and peace with the Lord on Friday, August 18, 2017 at 4:05 a.m.
For more than two years David fought against cancer as he did all things in life - with wisdom and courage. He was thankful to all those who he allowed to see him along on that journey for their love and support.
David was no stranger to struggle and loss, but was a deeply compassionate man and was always able to find the good in any situation. He was always ready with a cheerful word and an open heart. He gave us all a beautiful example of how wonderful and loving the human spirit is.
Friends knew him as the "Master of Time and Space" - a gentle spirit, loving, funny, kind… and tall. Some of his greatest adventures included sky diving and cross country road trips with the Bunkhouse Boys, college friends who have remained loyal and loving throughout the years.
David was a man who believed strongly in the power and meaning of words, and loved to tell a good story. He was also known as 'Crazy Dave' - crazy in love with his wife, crazy proud of his children and their families, crazy loyal to his friends, crazy hopeful in living, and crazy courageous in dying.
David's greatest struggle was leaving Gwen and his three daughters behind. He was strong in his faith and was at peace with the Lord. He vowed he would be watching over the four of them. He also deeply valued his bond with his son-in-laws, with whom he shared his wisdom and his joy in grilling and cooking.
David was born in Charlotte, N.C., the son of Frederick L. and Patricia Jane Smith Ernest. Tar Heel born and Tar Heel bred, David was a Journalism graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and was a newspaper publisher and a respected industry leader. He worked for Landmark Communications for
29 years, and served on
the S.C. Press Association during his time as Publisher of the Lancaster News.
For ten years David worked at the Citrus County Chronicle as Advertising Director and then as Vice President of Advertising.
He married Gwen Lee Gronborg Ernest September 1, 1991 after nearly three years of courtship in which neither had to chase the other; they were like magnets attracted to each other almost instantly.
David precedes his father in death. He is survived by his beloved wife of 26 years, Gwen; three daughters: Katherine Lee Ernest Galligan and husband Ryan; MacKenzie Ellen Ernest Cassetta and husband Bryan; and Elizabeth Drew Ernest. He is known as `PopPop' to his adoring grandchildren: Bailey Ryan, Hannah Lee Galligan, Ava Brynnan and Tyler David Cassetta. He also loved and adored his sister, Mary Calvert, and niece, Amanda Parker.
A celebration of Life will begin at 6p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 22nd at Dunbar Funeral Home - NE, 4219 Hard Scrabble Rd., Columbia, S.C. Traditional Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 23rd at White Oak ARP Church followed by graveside service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to UNC Lineberger Cancer Center in Chapel Hill, NC to further the search for a cancer cure.
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Dunbar Funeral Home - Northeast
Columbia, SC 29223
(803) 788-6310
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Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Aug. 21, 2017
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