ERNEST SMITH, JR.
Ernest Smith, Jr., 48, of Virginia Beach, Va., formerly of Rocky Point, passed away August 21, 2009 , in Virginia.
He received his Associate Degree in Culinary Art from Johnson and Wales University. In 1995, he began his career with the Spirit of Norfolk and was currently holding the position of Executive Chef. He was a member of the Army National Guard.
His father, Ernest Smith, Sr. preceded him in death in January, 2009.
Ernest is survived by his wife, Brenda Dutton-Smith and son, Zerrick Smith of the home; his mother, Lauretta Smith of Wilmington, NC; his sister, Loletha "Lola" Bargman of Waterloo, Iowa; his brother, Willie Thomas Smith of Killeen, TX; his mother-in-law, Lois G. Dutton of Castle Hayne, NC; three sisters-in-law; seven brothers-in-law; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, other relative and friends.
Visitation will be Thursday, August 27th from 4 to 7 p.m. at Dunn Funeral Home, Burgaw. The funeral will be conducted 1 p.m. Friday, August 28th at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the Smith Family Cemetery with military honors.
A Dunn Service, Burgaw
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Published in the Wilmington Star-News on Aug. 26, 2009