Ernest Edward Poley went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 27, 2016.
Ernie was a born again, saved child of God and of the Baptist faith. Ernie was born January 13, 1943, and raised in Cardiff, NJ, the youngest of six children. Ernie always liked to build things and tinker with things even as a child and was always into some type of mischief. After high school, Ernie joined the Army and was a helicopter mechanic with the 7th Calvary Army Aviation. He made E6 while serving a tour in Korea and two tours in Vietnam where he was awarded the Purple Heart. He left the Army in 1972 and spent several years running his own mechanic shop and well drilling company in Daleville, Alabama.
After moving to Clarksville, FL, in 1977, he spent several years working different jobs including Sheffields Oil in Blountstown and a nursery/landscaping business in Panama City. In 1983, Ernie started his own palm tree business, with the help of his wife, and ran it until 2003. Ernie was a first responder and chaplain with the Carr-Clarksville VFD.
Ernie's first love was serving God. He was saved as a child and, as an adult, he spent many years teaching teenagers and young adults about God and filling in for several pastors. On August 19, 2012, he became an ordained minister and has continued to serve God in several ways. Ernie's next greatest love was his wife of 50 years, Hellon, and his family. He always loved being with his family and teaching his children and grandchildren how to build, tinker with and fix things.
Ernie was preceeded in death by his parents, William Franklin Poley and Alice Martha Sear Poley, of NJ; brothers, William Franklin Poley Jr. and Laurence George Poley, of NJ; and sisters, Doris Rose Poley Stewart of NJ and Mary Anna Poley Remley of TN.
Survivors include his loving wife of 50 years, Anna Laura Hellon Jackson Poley; one sister, Lillie Elizabeth Poley Barkoff, of NJ; three children, one son, Ernest Edward Poley, Jr., and two daughters, Star Spring Poley Pickron and husband, Roy Ellis Pickron, Jr., and Dove Delores Poley Thompson and husband, Cole Alan Thompson, all of Clarksville. He has six grandchildren, Marcus Alvin Grantham, Blake Hunter Pickron, Sky Breeze Pickron, Micah Bradley Thompson and Rain Blossom Thompson; and two great-grandchildren, Connor Richard Ernest Grantham and Mason Alvin Grantham.
Services will be held on Saturday, April 30, at 2:00 PM (CDT) at Eastside Baptist Church in Marianna, FL, with Reverend Dan Thomas, Reverend Francis Carlisle, Reverend John Marvin Nichols, and Reverend John Rollyson officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Baptist Cemetery in Clarksville. The family will receive friends on Saturday, April 30, from 1:00 PM until service time at 2:00 PM (CDT) at Eastside Baptist Church in Marianna.
All arrangements are under the direction of Marlon Peavy at Peavy Funeral Home in Blountstown (ph. 674-2266).
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