Ernest Hale Feaster
March 17, 1956 – June 24, 2020
Ernest Hale Feaster departed this life on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 after battling with his health. Born March 17, 1956 in Washington, D.C. to Mary Ann Feaster and the late Walter Marsh. He was proceeded in death by his two brothers David and Michael Feaster.
He was educated in the D.C. Public School System. Ernest attended; Golden, H.D. Cooke, and Charles Young Elementary, Stuart Jr. High and Spingarn High School. While in High School he participated with several organizations; Track Team, Majorette Drummer, Cadet Corps, just to name a few.
After graduation Ernest enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on September 12, 1975 and was stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C. for active duty. He received several awards while enrolled; Good conduct medal, Rifle Expert Badge, and Joint Service Commendation Medal. He also earned the titles of Private, Corporal, and finally Sergeant. He remained at Camp Lejeune until October 29, 1979.
Ernest married his High School Sweetheart Sheila Dickens on December 22, 1979. Over the span of sixteen years two beautiful daughters were added to this union; Tramaine Ebony Crystal, and Helena Colette Aisha.
From October 30, 1979 to October 29, 1983 Ernest was assigned to work in Arlington, Virginia. He received an Honorable Discharge after serving for 8 yrs. and 1 month. After being released from his military duty Ernest was employed with the U.S. Department of State from 1984 to 2003.
He achieved several awards and honors; Outstanding Group-Supervisor, Cash Awards, (June/1992), Outstanding Customer Service, Cash Awards, (February/1995), US Department of State, Franklin Award, (October/1997).
While working at the Department of State he had the privilege of meeting and befriending Anita Woodruff. This relationship grew and from this oneness another beautiful daughter was born Marrissa Woodruff.
Later Ernest met fell in love with and married Minnie R. Williamson. They exchanged vows on July 18, 1997. Due to sudden illness she was forced into early retirement. He was a devoted husband to Minnie for eight years.
He worked for several more years at the Department of State until ill health compelled him to retire at an early age.
Ernest was a music lover. His favorite artist was Stevie Wonder. He often worked as a DJ sharing his passion for music with others.
He enjoyed all kinds of sports especially baseball and football. Ernest was a Nationals and a diehard Red Skins Fan. He showed his support by watching the plays on TV, purchasing articles of clothing and accessories with the team’s emblem and attending baseball and football games whenever possible.
His favorite past time was spent shopping. He was a shopaholic always purchasing items from the shopping channel network. He loved wearing his hats or caps and bought a variety of styles which are too many to number. He enjoyed buying things not only for himself but for others also.
Ernest was a cheerful giver. He would give you the shirt off of his back if you needed it. He displayed his unconditional love by volunteering his time to help someone in need, sharing his resources, or just lending a listening ear. He accepted his call into the ministry and delivered his initial sermon on October 28, 2012 under the leadership of Reverend Daryl F. Bell of King Emmanuel Baptist Church. He remained a faithful servant until his health did not allow him to do so.
One day while grocery shopping Ernest was blessed to meet Hildagarde Webster. They enjoyed spending quality time together. She became his dear friend and through the process of time they fell in love and got engaged. Hildagarde was truly a devoted fiancé and companion who was right by his side for more than four years up until the very end.
He leaves to cherish memories of his love, his mother Mary Ann Feaster, Two Ex-Wives; Sheila A. Feaster, and Minnie R. Feaster, Fiancé Hildagarde Webster, Three Sisters; Paulette Wright, Renee Feaster, and Tyann Feaster, Four brothers; Primus Feaster, Walter Feaster, Clint Feaster, and Reverend Howe Feaster, Three daughters; Tramaine E. Feaster, Helena C. Williams, and Marrissa R. Woodruff, One Son-In-Law; Michael J. Williams, One Granddaughter; Tamela C. Williams and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.