Ernest "Ernie" S. Eccleston

February 14, 1940May 17, 2020

Ernest S Eccleston 80, of Clover SC, passed away on Sunday, May 17. He was preceded in death by his parents Lawrence and Margaret Eccleston, and brothers Ronald and Thomas Eccleston. He is survived by his beloved wife of 38 years, Sybil Eccleston, four daughters Teresa Suga (Billy), Sherry Adams (Tom), Debbie Anderson (Mickey), Terry Joyner (Alan). Grandchildren, Jason (Dongmei), Chase (Kayla), Chelsea (Jontai), Justin (Taylor), Jessica (Harrison), Scott (Erin), Jon (Hilary), Nicolle, Heather and Renee. Great-grandchildren, Eli and Wesley. He also leaves behind his buddy and joy, his beloved Yorkie, Jojo. Ernie was born in Navarre, Ohio and lived in Massillon, North Ridgeville, and Toledo, Ohio, then Richmond, VA. From there he moved to Charlotte, NC where he met the love of his life, Sybil. Throughout their 38 years of marriage, they enjoyed traveling and watching their grandchildren grow. He enjoyed family time and cooking for everyone. Ernie enjoyed ‘fixing’ things. If it was broke, he could fix it. He had a big heart and got great pleasure helping people. Woodworking was a lifelong passion and made many beautiful pieces, including furniture and rocking horses for the grandkids. The Holidays (All of Them), were very special to him. His love of decorating for each of them is appreciated by his family. His Christmas village was a source of pride. He loved to find new additions to enhance it. His love of the Lord helped guide him through life, especially the last 3 years as he fought through several medical issues. His church family at New River Church in Clover, SC gave him extra support and faith. A service and celebration of life will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, May 23, at Forest Lawn West Funeral & Cremation Service. 4601 Freedom Dr., Charlotte, NC. It will be led by Pastor Vernon Greene. Due to the current pandemic situation, there will be limited seating. The Family would like to thank everyone for the love and support we have received. You have been a source of hope and inspiration. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte NC Region. Their care, dedication and commitment not only helped Ernie, but also the family.


  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, May 23, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, May 23, 2020


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Jessica Suga

May 23, 2020

Pawpaw, I didn’t learn how to use a drill or build a birdhouse from you, but I think you taught me something more important. You taught me what a good partner should be.

During my entire life, I was fortunate enough to spend every holiday and birthday with both my grandfathers, and I know how rare that is. You never turned your back on anyone. You were always there for Nanny and the family no matter the time or how you were feeling. You were always there. Your devotion to the Nanny and our family was always honorable.

Thank you for showing me that type of relationship and love. I will never forget it, and I will take it with me throughout my life. The holidays will not be the same without you. I love you.

Scott Adams

May 22, 2020

Granddad Ernie's passion for working on projects, tinkering, and helping others so clearly continues in my mom and myself. So many of the stories I hear of my mom and Granddad are the same stories of my mom and myself.

Each time we would visit his and Nanny's home growing up, I would learn something new about birds, cars, woodworking, food, or most importantly in my life, computers. Without that early gift and tutoring on a personal computer, I do not think I would be in the technology career I love today. My most vibrant memory is going through his IBM floppy software diskettes and asking what each disk did. "Well... ", as he would start, like many of his sentences, "put it in and find out" with his laugh. So I did for hours and hours and have always tried to continue that curiosity. I have forever grown and been shaped by your passion, presence, and gifts. Thank you Granddad. I love you and I miss you.

Terry Joyner

May 22, 2020

Ernie I just wanted to let you know how much I loved you. There was never a time that if I needed you and mom y’all were not there. Ernie you loved Jason, Chase, Chelsea, so much and for that I was so blessed. You have been a wonderful father to me and Alan and for that I praise God. I will always remember every holiday and the love you had for each one. The way you mom would always take Jason Christmas shopping, and you would always take Chase & Chelsea to go out back and color eggs. for Easter, there so many more memories with them that I can’t list them all.
Thanks for loving our mother the way you did, and my family.
I know you’re so much happier and not hurting any longer, but we miss you so much and our hearts are broken.

Sherry Adams

May 22, 2020

Thank you for teaching me how fix just about everything. I learned so much just by helping you. Just thinking about all that I’ve learned and it all started with holding your flashlight for you and pumping the brake peddle while you bleed the brakes.
I know you looked forward to my visits because as soon as I walked into the door you would say “ I have a job for you to do,” or Can you come with me to Lowe’s? I need to buy something.
Thank both you and Nanny for taking care of Scott and Jon all those months I was in the hospital. Knowing you were with them and that you were helping them with school work and keeping their minds off of me, helped me heal. I know you made them laugh and have a good time. I really appreciated everything you did for them all these years, from helping them earn Boy Scout badges, explaining to them how things work, teaching them how to use a computer.
Thanks for all the trips to the beach, batting cage, putt putt, and Carowinds. The boys loved every minute of it.
I’m going to miss the walks on the beach looking for sharks teeth, visiting the different lighthouses with you and helping you set up your Christmas decorations. I will take care of your Christmas village for you. Mostly I will miss the time we spent together doing projects.
Tom and I both Thank you and I will miss being Daddy’s little helper.
I Love You Daddy,
Sherry and Tom

Pamela Hayes

May 21, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with you all and I am deeply sorry for your loss. I hope you feel the love that surrounds you, now and always. Praying for your healing, comfort, strength and peace during this painful time. ... Celebrating an amazing life and wishing you comfort in your memories.

Chelsea Blanding

May 19, 2020

I have so many great memories growing up with Pawpaw. I loved going to spend summers at the beach house. Pawpaw loved his holidays and I always loved going to the Christmas Eve service with my parents, nanny, and Pawpaw. I will miss him saying, “well there’s Penelope.” One of my favorite memories is dancing with Pawpaw at my wedding. Pawpaw was always there for me. I will miss hearing Pawpaw’s jokes and talking about birds. I love you Pawpaw and miss you so much.

Chase Joyner

May 19, 2020

Pawpaw Ernie was a wonderful person and grandfather to my siblings and me. Pawpaw was very knowledgeable about many things, always explaining how things were done. He showed me many skills that I can use for the rest of my life, including painting inside and outside of houses, yard work, repairing common household items, and much more. I am truly blessed to have Pawpaw Ernie as a grandfather and he will be missed greatly. I love you Pawpaw!


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