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Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, Kingsport
Wednesday January 5th, 2022
11:00am - 1:00pm

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Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, Kingsport
Wednesday January 5th, 2022

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East Lawn Memorial Park
Wednesday January 5th, 2022

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Verna Scott Ernst

“A loving and devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother”

Verna Scott Ernst, 98, of Kingsport, TN, passed away peacefully to go home to be with the Lord on Friday, December 31, 2021 at Orchard View Rehabilitation Center following a brief illness. Born in Wise, Virginia on December 2, 1923, daughter of the late James P. and Martha Scott, she resided in this area most of her life.

She worked at Kingsport Press where she met her husband, Eugene and married on May 4, 1946. She was an active member of Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church, Garden Club, Boy and Girl Scouts.

Verna will be remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mom, memaw, sister and friend who loved birds, enjoyed crafts, gardening, listening to the radio, cooking and was a great homemaker.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Crown Cypress.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Eugene G. Ernst; siblings, Lillie Beverly, Ervine Scott, Sarah Dale, Emory Scott, Wilmore Scott, Julia Powers, Jane Murray, Sadie Vaughn, and Jimmy Scott.

Verna is survived by her children, Eugene “Gene” Ernst (Helen) of Johnson City, Martha Boyer (Larry) of Blountville, Jan Long (Brent) of Kingsport and Meg Ashworth (Chris) of Kingsport; grandchildren, Jon Boyer, Tony Ernst, Levi, Tyler, Steven, Kylee and Keithen Ashworth; great-granddaughter, Bella; great-grandsons, Max and Kolsen; sister, Frieda McCarthy of Coco Beach, Florida; several nieces and nephews; and several great nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 11am – 1pm on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at Hamlett Dobson Funeral Home, Kingsport. A funeral service will be conducted at 1pm with Rev. J. David Randolph officiating. Burial will follow service in East Lawn Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Honorary pallbearer will be Mitchell Scott.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial contributions to Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church, 213 Colonial Heights Road, Kingsport, TN 37663.

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I mourn the passing of Aunt Verna (Vernie Ethel) as I used to say. Beloved Aunt, thank you for many wonderful childhood memories at your house and garden. I remember being there often with Gary, Martha and Jan. Every time we pulled up to the house a fun time would await. We laughed and ran and cooked in the kitchen. I contribute my ability to cook from being with Verna and my cousins. I still fondly remember making sugar cookies, fried eggplant, jello salad and many others. Verna made sure that we felt loved and welcomed. I appreciate all of the sleepovers there. And deep love of family and reunions. One of the sayings that Verna handed down to me is "Wakey wakey eggs and bakey." I miss your contagious laugh and beautiful smile here. But I am sure that being in the presence of our Father has you smiling even more for eternity. I can't wait to be with you some day in the sweet by and by. Sending love and hugs to my dear cousins.

Leslie Fechter Jan 5 2022 6:08 PM

I am so sorry to hear that Mrs. Verna has passed away. I met her while I was working at Ingles. She put a smile on my face everytime I saw her. She was such a sweet and happy soul. She always made my day!!

Trish Hoss Jan 5 2022 3:43 PM

Martha & Jan & All the Family I just saw in the paper about your Mom.
I Know how much you Loved her and She loved you right back with everything in her.
She was and is a beautiful Lady
She will be missed
Love Joy

Joy Henderson Jan 4 2022 8:34 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Verna Ernst

Rudy Greear Jan 4 2022 5:18 PM

We will always remember Aunt Verna's humor, kindness and laughter. She will live on in our memories.

Rodney Scott & wife Joan Jan 3 2022 4:57 PM

Our Deepest Sympathy & Condolences

Melanie Williams Jan 3 2022 12:30 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Verna Ernst

Melanie Williams Jan 3 2022 12:29 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Verna Ernst

Beth Spears Jan 2 2022 11:18 AM

Coming fom a Kingsport Press family, I knew the Ernst family well. When my mother Helen Parris became a resident of Crown Cypess, Verna gave my Mom great comfort talking about the good times at The Press. Sorry for your loss. Love and Prayers Helen Parris and Donna Parris Mullins

Donna Mullins Jan 2 2022 8:59 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Verna Ernst

tammy britt Jan 1 2022 10:00 PM