Ernest Lee Leary, 86, of Burgaw passed from his earthly life on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at his home surrounded with love by his family.
He was born January 5, 1933 in Onslow County, the son of the late Marcus Leary and Sarah Pierce Leary Brown. Also lovingly remembered is his daughter, Betsy Lindsay who preceded Ernest in death.
Ernest is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Betty Moore Leary; daughters, Janice Reynolds and husband, Stephen and Amy Coker and husband, Stephen; son, Jason Leary and fiancée, Dulsey Wilson; grandchildren, Robert Reynolds (Jessica), Benjamin Reynolds (Allison), Carol Coker, and Michael Leary; great grandchildren, Jacob, Paige, and Riley Reynolds; many extended family and friends all who dearly loved Ernest.
Many will remember that Ernest kept their appliances in good working order as he could and did fix most anything. Ernest served his country honorably in the US Coast Guard during the Korean Conflict.
Family and friends knew Ernest best as a gifted storyteller, a hard worker, and most importantly a man who loved and cared for his family. In leisure time Ernest enjoyed fishing, boating and tractors. Ernest was loved and will be greatly missed.
Funeral service will be 4:00 p.m. Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home in Burgaw with Pastor William Moore and Pastor Roger Brittingham conducting the service. The family will receive friends at the funeral home following the service.
In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be given to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.
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