In Memory

Ernest Grier Ensley Jr.

GASTONIA - Ernest "Ernie Grier Ensley Jr., 65, passed away June 30, 2015, at his residence. He was born on February 11, 1949 in Gastonia to the late Ernest Sr. and
Ruth Elroy Ensley. 

Ernie graduated from Frank L. Ashley High School class of 1967. He attended Appalachian State University. He was a member of Flint Groves where he was a former deacon and Sunday School teacher. He was retired from Corporate Express and was a substitute teacher for Gaston County schools. He was past announcer for North Gaston High School football and at Sims Park. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Rodney Ensley.

Survivors are his daughter, Lana Ensley Eller and husband Zane of Greenville; grandchildren Mason, Hudson and Maddox; brother-in-law and sister-in-law David and Vicki Jenkins and son Chad Jenkins; aunts and uncles Joyce Stroup, Doris and Bob McNew, Randy and Elleree Elrod, Waitsell and Dot Ensley; and Betty Elrod, mother of the daughter Vickie McRainey, girlfriend Nita Smoot of Conway, SC and Jax.

A visitation will be held 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday at Flint Groves Baptist Church. A memorial service will follow at 3 p.m. at the church.

Burial will be private. 

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04/19/17 03:37 PM #1    

Steve Harvey

I will always remember Ernie for his friendliness and wonderful smile, I truly miss him.  Steve Harvey.


04/19/17 08:50 PM #2    

Pam Kiser (Whitesides)

Ernie was such fun.  He sat behind me in English in Sr. year, and we kidded back and forth about assignments and grades.  He offered to take my grade many times, keeping Mrs. Mauney in stitches.


04/20/17 03:58 PM #3    

Michael Stowe

I remember Ernie as quite the music enthusiast.  He was in a band and asked me to come and sing also.  I ended up siging only one song (As Tears Go By) because he didn't want to relinquish the stage.  That was OK; he was much better than me.  He also used to love to say things backwards.  He called me Ewots Ekim.  An all round good guy.  i'm sorry to hear of his passing. 

04/23/17 11:40 AM #4    

Roger Stroupe

​My earliest memory of Ernie is from second grade at Grier School when it was grades 1-9. During assembly Ernic sang "Tom Dooley" in what seemed as good a version as the original. RIP Ernie

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