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Ernest James Kitson, Jr.

Died: Wed., Jun. 26, 2013


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Ernest James Kitson, Jr., Kingsport TN

To everything, there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven - Ecclesiastes 3:1

Ernest J. Kitson, Jr (Ernie), 54, passed away Tuesday, June 26, 2013.   He was born in Ann Arbor, MI, the son of E. James and Nancy Kitson.  Ernie moved to Kingsport, TN in 1987 and was a self-employed carpenter, well known and well loved by his customers.

Ernie is survived by his partner of 25 years, Sue Rhea, his parents, his sister Janice and her husband John Schuske, his brother Eddie and his wife DeAnne Kitson, his sister Barbara and her husband Ken McClure, nieces Alexandra, Jami, Rebecca and Karen, his nephew Stephen, and his Rhea sisters Judy and Karen, brother Curtis, nieces Lisa and Leighann and nephews Tray and Drew.  He will also be missed by his three cats Squeakers, AC and Skittles, and the numerous critters he protected from them. 

The family will receive friends at Mountain View United Methodist Church, 4405 Orebank Road, Kingsport, 37664, Wednesday, July 3, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. followed immediately by a celebration of Ernie's life at 7:30 p.m., where we will share our favorite Ernie stories (please bring a copy for a memory book for the family).

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mountain View United Methodist Church or the Kingsport Animal Shelter (2141 Idle Hour Road, Kingsport, 37664).

Ernie was a mentor to many and beloved by all who knew him.  Everywhere he went he carried his strong sense of humor and demonstrated compassion and common sense.  He carried in his van Milk Bones for all his dog and cat friends and various props for his practical jokes. Those of us who were fortunate enough to be close will miss those more than we care to admit.  We are deeply saddened but trust that we will all be together again one day, when the mischief will re-commence.

If anyone would like to give condolences to the family of Ernest James Kitson, Jr., please visit the funeral home website at www.snydersmemorialgardens.com or by sending an e-condolence to snydersfuneralhome@hotmail.com. Any other condolences can be mailed to Snyder's Memorial Gardens 5913 Kingsport Hwy. Gray, TN 37615 or by calling 423-477-7911.

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