Ernie Terrell Walthour Sr., 46, of Midway, departed this life on Monday, July 1, 2013, in Midway.
He was born in Newark, N.J., to Johnnie Mae Williams Walthour and the late Levi Walthour Sr.
Ernie was a prominent citizen of Liberty County. He was well known in Liberty and surrounding counties for his work with youth sports and mentoring. He organized the Coastal Crew Rebels basketball team. He was also the basketball coach for the Youth ChalleNGe Program, a program for at-risk teens on Fort Stewart. He acted as head coach for First Presbyterian Christian Academy and was an organizer for mentoring and athletic programs for the St. James Church Community Center.
Ernie also organized the yearly Summer Slam Festival for sports, music and pop culture.
He leaves to cherish his memory two children, Shenea Olivia Walthour of Midway and Ernie Terrell Walthour Jr. of Virginia Beach, Va.; a loving mother, Johnnie M. Walthour of Midway; two brothers, Levi Walthour Jr. and Darrell D. Walthour of Midway; four sisters, Laverta Armfield, Virginia Johnson, Theresa (Anthony) Lingard, Lavonia (Malcolm) LeCounte, all of Midway; four aunts, Willie Lee (George) Clemente, Mary (Leon) Williams, Lula Bell Howard, Daisy Bell Byrd, all of Midway; two uncles, Ellis (Evonne) Williams and Arthur (Thelma) Williams; special nieces and nephews, the Rev. ShaRonda Browne, Shekeil Walthour, Earnest Walthour Jr., Kissiah Roberts, Metra Walthour, Jamela Walthour, Josiah Browne; and two special cousins, Clinton Roberts and Deborah Warren of Philadelphia, Pa. Ernie will be missed by special friends, Jay and Joel Osteen, Bishop Ernest Kelly, Marvin Kelly, Linda Schumm, Leron Fleming; and a host of other nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
Visitation will be from 6-7 p.m. Friday, July 5, at Thebes AME Church, 132 Walthour Road, Midway.
His funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at the St. James Community Center, 1140 Holmestown Road in Midway. His body will be placed in the center at noon for viewing prior to the service.
Dorchester Funeral Home of Midway has charge of the arrangements.