Mrs. Ernestine (Thweatt) Staples
  • New Zion Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund
    8796 Wadesboro Rd. South
    Benton, KY 42025

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“Sandy & Family, We are so sad to hear of the loss of Ernestine. She was such a sweet lady. Always enjoyed your parents visits to Minnesota. Those...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Stephanie & John Muench - MN

“To all the family we are so sorry for your loss Ernestine was a very sweet loving person. We will always remember her ”
2 of 13 | Posted by: Donald and Deloris Lee - benton, KY

“Linda, Jan and Sandy Just to let you all know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.No one was more ready to go home than her. I'll never...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Robert and Rhondia Cox - Benton, KY

“To the Whole Family, we are sorry for your loss. She, your Dad and Mr. Headley have been Friends to our Family for many years. You are in our...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Patricia Conder McWane - Benton , KY

“Ernestine is my cousin, we had Grandpas who were brothers, Pierce and Robert Rose, and we have known each other most of our lives. Grew up in the...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Aubert & Katheren Rose - Benton, KY

“It so sad for me to lose my loving Aunt. I know she in a better place but I hope to see her in Heaven some day. May good give her childrens...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Raymond Thweatt - Berkley, MI

“We will always remember Ernestine with a smile. She enriched our lives. Love and prayers to her family. Dr Arnold, June and Mary Beth ”
7 of 13 | Posted by: KRAUSE FAMILY - Benton

“We are saddened by the loss of this loved one. Nothing can be said but " a good Christian woman," To Linda, Jan, Sandra, and your families, I...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Kerry Darnall - Benton, KY

“Linda and family I am so sorry to learn of your mom's death. I know that all of you will miss her badly. I know that you will have many...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Linda Coursey - Calvert City, KY

“I will never forget October 22, 2002 when I got the call that Bro. Happ had died. As a young pastor, Ernestine ministered to me more than I could...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Brad Hall - Mayfield, KY - Friend

“Deepest sympathy to all the family. ”
11 of 13 | Posted by: Jimmy and Peggy Greer - Murray, KY

“So sorry for your loss. She always had a smile and we know she will be missed by all. ”
12 of 13 | Posted by: Jerry & Paula Bell - Benton, KY

“Ernestine was a sweet lady she will be missed by all. I remember the many times I went golfing with her, Happy, mom and dad they loved those times...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Mark Thweatt - Benton, KY


Mrs. Ernestine Thweatt Staples, 94 of Benton, Kentucky died on Monday, November 19, 2012, at 5:50 p.m. at Spring Creek Health Care in Murray, Kentucky.

She was a member and devoted worker at New Zion Missionary Baptist Church where she was a Sunday School Teacher for 20 years. She was a member of the New Zion Womens Missionary Union.

Mrs. Staples was a wife, homemaker and mother, a seamstress, working for Merritt Clothing, and she also worked at the Cigar factory in Benton, KY.

Born Thursday, July 4, 1918 in Marshall County , Kentucky, she was the daughter of the late Isome E. Thweatt and the late Minnie (Rose) Thweatt. Married for 63 years, she was the wife of the late Hafford "Happy" Staples.

Surviving are three daughters, Linda Portis, husband Robert of Benton, KY, Janice "Jan" McCuiston, husband Charles of Murray, KY and Sandra "Sandy" Genrick, husband Ron of Prior Lake, MN; grandchildren: Mitch Portis, Benton, KY, Ronecca Joseph, Benton, KY, LaDon Berlin, Seattle, WA, Tim Graham, Benton, KY, Kristi Hopkins, Murray, KY, Carin Morris, Maple Grove, MN, Brian Genrick, Savage, MN, Kelly Hoerter, Barnsville, MN; 14 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; and caregivers: Jeannie Jones and Rhonda Cox.

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, four brothers, Raymond Thweatt, Bud Thweatt, Alus Thweatt and Headley Thweatt, and two sisters, Lillian Green and Ruby H. Treas.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the Collier Funeral Chapel, Bro. Terry Clapp, Bro. C.C. Brasher, and Bro. Rodney Wallace officiating.

Interment will follow at Murray Memorial Gardens, Murray, KY.

Visitation will be held be held on Friday, November 23, 2012 between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at Collier Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be given to the New Zion Baptist Church Building Fund, 2796 Wadesboro Rd S, Benton, KY 42025.