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Ernest "Ernie" Ray Kitchen, Sr., 83, resident of 1901 Hwy. 71 widower of Carolyn Denny Kitchen passed away Friday March 15, 2019 at Abbeville Area Medical Center.
Ernie was a graduate of Clemson University where he received his bachelor’s degree in vocational education. He worked for a number of years as a Technical Representative with North American Rockwell after which he became a fulltime farmer. Ernie was a former Fire Commissioner with Edgewood Fire Dept. where he was active for over 30 years and was well known and well-liked by all as he never met a stranger. He had numerous hobbies especially spending time on the farm and was known as a Jack of all Trades.
Survivors include: a son Ernest Ray Kitchen, Jr. (Joy) of Norfolk, VA; a daughter Rebecca "Becky Harrison (Todd) of Dalton, Georgia; a sister Mary Jo First of Cocoa Beach, FL; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son John David Kitchen.
A Celebration of Ernie's life will be conducted Sunday March 17, 2019 at 3:00 PM at Light House Ministries 233 Carwellyn Rd. Abbeville, SC with Mr. Billy Stoll officiating.
The family will receive friends after services at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Casey Smith 13 Acorn Hill Rd. Abbeville, SC.
In lieu of flowers memorials in memory of Ernie may be made to The American Cancer Society, C/O Mrs. Conway Shirley 144 Winona Church Road, Donalds, SC 29638.
We were so sorry to here of Mr Kitchens passing. He was a good friend to all who had the privilege to know him! Our love, thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God Bless You!
Donnie & Kathy Kilgore Grant Mar 24 2019 12:00 AM
Becky, our heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Michael Moraja Mar 17 2019 12:00 AM
Mr Kitchen and I had a lot of fun times at Lynns Cafe.
We talked about old times and of course joked with
everyone at our table, YES, it was reserved for just our group
of guys. ( Liers Table we called it ) we would tell anybody that sat in
Earnies chair that they would have to move when he drove up.
He did not want anyone help him, so we let him have his way, most of the time.
We Loved and will miss Earnie !
Mike Culbreth, of of His Friends
Mike Culbreth Mar 17 2019 12:00 AM
He was one of a kind! Becky and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Prayers & condolences.
Robert & Lori Ware
Robert & Lori Ware Mar 17 2019 12:00 AM
Sandy Purdy Mar 16 2019 12:00 AM
Dear Becky , Ray and families. My family and I are so sorry to learn of your dads passing .Jb and I loved Carolyn Ernest Ray and you kids like family. God Bless you both and may you find some peace n your precious memories . Much love Janet Bowe
Janet H Bowe Mar 16 2019 12:00 AM