Virginia Ernest


Virginia Ernest, 85, of Seymour died at 9:48 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, at Lutheran Community Home.

Born Aug. 31, 1931, in Jennings County, Virginia Picklesimer was the daughter of Kendrick Clay and Ida Mary Picklesimer, formerly of Neilus, Virgnia. On July 6, 1963, in Seymour, she married Max W. Ernest, who survives. The Ernests had two children, Jeffrey Max Ernest and Paul “Wesley” Ernest, who survive.

She was a member of Central Christian Church in Seymour and was an organist there for the past 42 years. She was an active piano and vocal teacher. She was the pianist for the Lutheran Men’s Chorus for the past 20 years.

Virginia was the former owner of Virginia’s Music Center and head bookkeeper for Jackson County Bank. Many also knew her as a representative for Home Interior, House of Lloyds, Longagerger Baskets and Tupperware.

She graduated from Hayden High School in 1949, and then went on to graduate from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Virginia was the youngest graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary to ever obtain her master’s degree in classical organ. 

She was a former member of Order of the Eastern Star, Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Retail Merchants Association, past president of the state parent-teacher association and Delta Theta Tau sorority.

Other survivors include her grandchildren, Clay Wesley Ernest, Sara Michelle Ernest, Chad Jeffrey Ernest and Isaac Matthew Ernest; five great-grandchildren, Daisy Ernest, Delany Hausberger, Madelyn Davers, Briceon Ernest and Brealei Ernest; and a sister, Lucille Wilkerson Reynolds.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, William Picklesimer and Robert Clay Picklesimer.

The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Central Christian Church. Burial will be at Riverview Cemetery

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Voss and Sons Funeral Home in Seymour and from 9 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the church.

Memorials may be made to the Central Christian Church music department or Lutheran Men’s Chorus.