Cleveland- Ernest Blaine of Cleveland, MS passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, July 13, 2022.
Visitation for Mr. Blaine will be held on Sunday, July 17, 2022, from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM at Cleveland Funeral Home. A celebration of life service will be held at First Baptist Church Cleveland on Monday, July 18, 2022, at 11:00 AM. Bro. Brad Beckwith will officiate the services.
Ernest was born July 4, 1948, to James Milton and Oder Rea Blaine in Cleveland, MS. After graduating from high school, he received his Associate’s Degree from Mississippi Delta Community College. Ernest married the love of his life on April 9, 1971. He loved her from 1971 until her passing in 2018. He became the plant manager for United Plastics in Drew from 1984 to 1992. He was then the plant manager for Becker Manufacturing in Nashville from 1992-1996. He later became Vice-President of manufacturing for Becker Manufacturing in O’Fallon Missouri in 1999. Ernest was awarded the Chrysler Pin Star Award. Ernest and his son Chris co-founded The Tin Roof in 2002. He was a wonderful dad and Grand Father. He served on the Ruleville Volunteer Fire Department as chief and was on the North Sunflower Academy Board of Directors for a number of years. In his spare time, he enjoyed watching Ole Miss football and baseball, Cardinal’s Baseball, taking his granddaughter Kaitlyn to McDonald's to drink coffee, and watching his westerns. He also loved to cook and watch his granddaughter play Auburn Softball.
He was preceeded in death by his father, James Milton Blaine, mother, Oder Rea Blaine, and his loving wife, Linda Blaine.
Ernest is survived by his Sons, Chris Blaine (Katherine Patterson) of Cleveland, MS., Brian Blaine (Danielle) of St. Louis, MO, and his sister/ best friend Faye Griffin (Billy Griffin) of Ruleville, MS. Dee Dee Jones (Barbara) Ernest is also survived by his grandchildren, Kaitlyn Blaine, Jessie Blaine, Emma Blaine, and Audrey Blaine. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews Ann Briscoe, Connie McCool, Eugene Griffin, and Bobby Joe Griffin.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Wylie Hilburn, Tommy Naron, Tommy Taylor, Marcie Mullin, Tommy Barrett, and The McDonald’s Coffee Crew.
Memorials can be made to Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital at 2500 N State St, Jackson, MS 39216.
Cleveland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. An online guest register may be signed at www.clevelandfuneralhome.net.