James (Jim) C. Earnesty Sr. 87, former resident of Connellsville, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 9th in Charlotte, N.C., surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Scottdale, November 21, 1930, a son of the late Charles and Anna Elizabeth (Suttle) Earnesty.
Jim was a proud US Army Veteran, serving during the Korean War as a Medic, for the 14th Battalion, Combat Engineers, attaining the rank of Sergeant First Class.
He was employed at Anchor Hocking Glass Corp., South Connellsville, with over 36 years service, retiring in 1992.
Jim was a resident of Connellsville for most of his life where he was a member of Immaculate Conception RC Church. He moved to Charlotte, North Carolina in 2007 to be near his daughter Deborah (Grieneisen) and son James and became a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, in Charlotte.
Jim, fondly called “Pappy” by most, was a gentle soul that never had a harsh word towards anyone. He loved going to breakfast with his brother-in-law Bob Martin and special niece Paula. Jim loved football and enjoyed attending the Connellsville Falcon High School games with his nephew and golfing buddy, Charlie Earnesty. It was a real highlight for him to watch his son and grandsons play a game he loved so much. We are going to miss his sense of humor and his joyful spirit. Even though he is physically gone from our lives, his memory will be with us forever!
Jim is survived by his loving children
Deborah Ann (Grieneisen) and her husband Daniel with whom he resided
James Earnesty, Jr. and his wife Patricia (D’Amico) of Charlotte, N.C.
And son Steven Earnesty of Connellsville
Six adoring Grandchildren:
Kristin Grieneisen and her husband George Antczak
Steven Earnesty Jr.
Nathan Earnesty, Katy Earnesty and Joshua Earnesty
Logan Earnesty and Greyson Earnesty, as well as many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Maryann (Helkowsky) Earnesty, November 27,1994
His siblings, Charles, Arthur, Milton, Mildred (Helkowsky), and two infant sisters, Rita and Althea.
Jim’s family will greet friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM on Wednesday, February 15th, in the Frank Kapr Funeral Home Inc., 417 Pittsburgh Street, Scottdale.
Prayers of Transfer will be held at 9:15AM, Thursday, in the Funeral Home with his Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10AM in Immaculate Conception R.C. Church, Connellsville, with Rev. Robert Lubic, as Celebrant.
Jim’s final resting place will be in St. John the Baptist Parish Cemetery, Scottdale next to his wife Maryann.
A Parish Wake Service will be held in the Funeral Home Wednesday at 3:30PM.
Full Military Honors will be bestowed by the Mt. Pleasant American Legion Post #446, Honor Guard,Wednesday evening at 7 PM at the Funeral Home
Those who desire to honor Jim in a special way, the family suggests that memorials be made to Metrolina Association for the Blind 704 Louise Ave. Charlotte NC. 28204.
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