Obituary - Earnest L. Gaston

Earnest Loye Gaston
Earnest Loye Gaston passed from this life on Sunday, June 2, at the age of 81. He was born on December 5, 1937, near Eunice in Texas County as the second of nine children of Neva Faye (Frampton) and Murl Estle Gaston.
Earnest grew up in the Eunice community. Times were very different then. One of his earliest memories is of the two room house they lived in with “Mom’s” wood cook stove on the left and the table “Dad” built on the right in the main room and the kerosene lantern used for light. He remembered a few years later when they brought electricity down what is now Hwy. 17 to Eunice and how that changed things. (Hwy. 17 was just a dirt road back then).
His Dad, Murl, acquired the Eunice post office and started a country grocery store business to go along with it. Earnest helped with the store and it’s here that he met the girl he would later marry, Nelda Ann Crowley.
Earnest placed his faith and trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior while a teenager during a revival at Glad Tidings Baptist Church. He and Nelda were subsequently baptized in Big Creek in 1954. He remained confident in his faith throughout his life.
Earnest enlisted in the Army in 1955, did Basic Training at Ft. Leonard Wood and then went to aircraft mechanic school in Ft, Eustis, Va. Upon completion, he married Nelda and they moved to Mannheim, Germany where he was stationed from 1956 to 1959.
Upon returning to the U.S., Earnest continued in the Army for a few years at Ft. Wood and began to demonstrate he could do about anything. He built a house in Houston, traded it for land past Bucyrus and built another house there. He left the Army and “accidentally” got into the dairy business by buying milking equipment and several cows at an auction.
Over the rest of his life he had many businesses. He left the dairy business for the Upton country store, bought another farm and raised beef cattle, began a sawmill and expanded it into a fairly large sawmill and pallet business at Roby, worked in the Oklahoma oil fields for a couple of years, began rebuilding salvaged cars, turned that into a salvage yard and finally finished with a dog kennel business.
Throughout these many jobs and businesses, family always came first, as Earnest and Nelda raised their four sons – Rick, Ronnie, Roger and Ryan.
Earnest was preceded in death by his wife Nelda, his parents and brothers Robert, Chuck and Paul. Those left to cherish his memory are his four sons and their wives, five siblings, eleven grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and other family members.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributing to the Big Creek Cemetery c/o Evans Funeral Home.
Funeral services for Earnest L Gaston will be at 10 a.m. Monday June 10, at Evans Funeral Home in Houston. Pallbearers will be John Kiraly, Ronnie Gaston, Roger Gaston, Ryan Gaston, Roman Gaston, Matt Gaston, Josh Gaston, and Ethan Gaston.

 Burial will follow at Big Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Sunday June 9, at Evans Funeral Home.

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