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Lee Earnest's Obituary

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        1700 Barrington Road
        Midland City, AL 36350
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      • 1700 Barrington Road
        Midland City, AL 36350

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Olen Lee Earnest, LTC US Army (Ret) was born August 4th, 1938 in Bonifay Florida. He was the son of David M. Earnest and Beulah Earnest. He grew up in Avon Park, Florida, graduating from high school in 1956. He passed away on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at his residence in Dothan, AL.

After enlisting in the US Army, he received a Regular Army appointment to the US Military Academy at West Point. Lee graduated from West Point in 1963 and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Regular Army.

Following basic training, Ranger School, and Parachute training, Lee reported for duty with the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, NC. After a tour of duty in the Airborne, Lee was sent to Ft. Rucker, AL for flight training in fixed wing aircraft. This was followed by a tour in Vietnam and then back to Ft. Rucker as a flight instructor. This was followed by another tour in Vietnam as a staff officer and company commander.

Lee earned a Master’s Degree from Georgia Tech and spent the next few years teaching at West Point. After attending the Command and General Staff College, he was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division at Ft. Carson, CO. He finished his career in the Inspector General’s office at DARCOM Headquarters in Washington, DC.

During his career in the Army, he was awarded the Legion of Merit, 4 Bronze Stars, 16 Air Medals, 2 Army Commendations and several other service awards. He was also awarded the Parachute Badge, the Ranger Tab, and Senior Army Aviator Badge.

After the Army, Lee was employed by Merrill Lynch in Dothan, AL. He was a Certified Financial Planner and specialized in developing financial planning and execution for a wide variety of clients. He was an active member of the Dothan Country Club. He was a member of the Fish Golf Group and the Rebel Golf Group. He made many trips to Scotland and Ireland to play golf.

After retirement, Lee enjoyed playing golf, and spending time with family and friends at Mexico Beach, FL.

He is survived by his brother, Ben (Kiyu), Ooltewah, TN. He has two sons, Ben (Laurie) Earnest of Dothan, AL and Mike (Shannon) Earnest of Acworth, GA and a step-daughter Natalie (Jason) Gowen of Dothan, AL. Lee has 6 grandchildren: Baylee, Audrey, Mason, and Addison Earnest, Mary Kate and Jackson Gowen.

Services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the Sunset Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Kyle Gatlin officiating. Military Honors will follow in Sunset Memorial Park with Robert Byrd directing. The family will receive friends from 2-3:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or to the American Lung Association. 

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George Wilson

Lee was a GREAT guy and will be missed by all who knew him.

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Lori Jordan

I am very saddened to learn of Lee's passing. He was my neighbor in Jamestown. I always enjoyed seeing Lee on my morning walks. He always had a smile on his face and pleasant conversation. He will be very missed. Sending much sympathy to his family and friends.

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Stanley & Jo Peterson

We love you and pray for your family during this difficult time.

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Andy & Cheryl Wood

Our heartfelt love and prayers for the entire Earnest family in this time of sorrow. Ben your father was an honorable man and officer. May God’s presence be with you all.
Andy, Cheryl & family

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Jack Ready

Good humble man that set a great example for his children. Our thoughts are with you you guys during this dark hour. Sweet memories last forever!

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Nancy Prim Stewart

Good bye dear friend 🙏

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David and Murriel Scarborough

Please accept our sincere sympathies over this loss in your family. Unfortunately we not be able to express this to you in person because of conflicts in scheduling. But when I think of Lee I always want to say “Gentleman “ because he always just that . His winning smile and quite nature would be other memories . I do hope that your wonderful memories will comfort you as time goes by. Most sincerely, David and Murriel Scarborough

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Melanie Williams

I am so thankful that George and I became upstairs/downstairs neighbors with Lee and Mary over three years ago at Paradise Shores! Such a classy couple, who always greeted us with big smiles. I am also thankful for Lee's military service and sacrifices for our country. I will miss seeing him relaxing in the hot tub with that single Pabst Blue Ribbon, and chatting with him as we passed each other during our frequent Hwy 98 walks. He was truly ....a good man!!
With love and prayers to you all,
Melanie and George Williams

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Lisa Marshall Hubbard

Prayers for the family, Lisa

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Belinda Pipkin Anderson

Much love and prayers. Fond memories of Olin Lee.

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Laurie Earnest

We will miss you Grandpa Lee. Thank you for your service to our country. I hope you knew how much Baylee and Audrey Kate loved you. RIP, we love you, and we’ll always miss you.

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Tory Bartlett

My prayers and heart are with Mike and his family

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Ann Kerbs

My love and prayers to the Earnest family. May your hearts always be filled with your loving memories of Lee.

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Wayne & Janet Stone

I'm was saddened to hear of Lee's passing. The military honors for him on this Veteren's Day made saying goodbye very memorable and a day I won't forget. I am so thankful for the wonderful husband he was to my friend Mary. I enjoyed the times our paths crossed sharing our Mary stories and the new memories he was making with his children and grandchildren. Those memories will continue to be remembered and cherished. Oh how hard this is, I pray God's comfort for His family and friends. We will miss him immensely.

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Ron Dickson

Honored to have served in Lee's early commands: I-1 Company at West Point and 1963 Winter Ranger Training Company. A great leader and friend, a soldier's soldier and a man's man before he even got to West Point.
"Well Done; Be Thou At Peace"

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Elizabeth Foy

A light has gone out in the world.
Elizabeth Foy

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