Ernest "Ernie" Melton Conerly, 90, passed away in Winter Haven on June 28, 2013 due to natural causes. He was born on Nov. 24, 1922 in Plant City, FL, moving to Winter Haven in 1949. He retired in 1974 from American Can Company. He was a member and deacon of Westside Baptist Church of Haines City and helped start Inman Park Baptist, Winter Haven, Isla Verde Baptist, Puerto Rico, and Lucerne Park Baptist, Winter Haven. He served in the Navy during WWII from Dec. 1942 to Dec. 1945. He was loved by his family, instrumental in his church life, and he loved to hunt and fish.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, brothers, Lloyd Conerly and Alvin Conerly, sisters, Pauline Hagen, Myrtle Wolff, and Donna Nader, his parents Enoch Lauton and Pearl Conerly, and his step mother, Myrl. He is survived by his two sons, David Conerly (Faye) and Steven Conerly (Barbara, two daughters, Sharon Hogan (Wayne) and Sandra hicks (Jim), 13 grandchildren, Tammy Brayton, David Conerly II, Tawnya Hurst, Tasha Herbert, Tandi Polk, Michelle Yandell, Nicole Ashmead, Robin Connors, Ryon hicks, Kara Glover, Kasie Hicks, Crystal Markovitz, and Stephanie Conerly, 19 great grandchildren, and 7 great-great grandchildren.
A visitation will be held on Monday, July 1st, from 10 to 11, with a service following at 11. Both will be held at Ott-Laughlin Funeral home in Auburndale. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Westside Baptist, 1416 Polk City Rd. Haines City, FL 33884.