Ernest Golding

Ernest Charles Golding

Monday, October 30th, 1939 - Friday, January 17th, 2020
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Ernest Charles Golding, 80, of Franklin, passed away Friday, January 17, 2020.

Born in Hillside, NJ, he was the son of the late Claude Golding and Lillian Meriwede Golding. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Ann McGowan Golding and nine brothers and sisters. Ernest graduated from All State Construction College; served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict and was a retired general contractor. He was a member of First Alliance Church; was a pro golfer, avid bowler, enjoyed cribbage and watching football.

He is survived by his fiancé, Gracie Ledford Greene of Franklin; two children, Bob Golding (Jenny) and Deanna Wagner (Bernie) both of Franklin; six grandchildren, Josh Jones, Josh Wagner, Melissa Zaidman (Ben), Daniel Sevigny (Katelyn), Katherine “Kayti” Tallent (Dalen) and Deaven Golding (Cody Peavy); four great grandchildren, Henry Zaidman, Alex Zaidman, Caroline Zaidman and Raylen Tallent.

A visitation will be held at 3 pm, Saturday, February 1, at First Alliance Church, followed by a memorial service and fellowship supper. Pastor Scott Eichelberger will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Relay for Life (Macon County), C/O Tony Young, 347 Knob Hill Estates, Sylva, NC 28779, or First Alliance Church, 31 Promise Lane, Franklin, NC 28734.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 1st, 2020 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Saturday, February 1st, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    First Alliance Church
    31 Promise Lane
    FRANKLIN, NC 28734
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  • Service

    Saturday, February 1st, 2020 | 4:00pm
    Saturday, February 1st, 2020 4:00pm
    First Alliance Church
    31 Promise Lane
    FRANKLIN, NC 28734
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Kirk Menzel

Posted at 02:38pm
My Uncle Ernie,
After moving to Franklin, we did not get to spend as much time together as growing up in Miami but I am so grateful for the times together. The family reunions were great but my most recent fondest memory was my surprise Birthday call and remising about all the lessons you taught me, both direct and indirectly. To this day, I remember framing techniques learned while you were helping our family in Key Largo. I will never forget the lesson on usage of manual handsaw with a miter box vs using an electric saw. Your response to my offer to go get Dad’s electrical saw was priceless… “by the time you get it plugged in and ready to use, I will have the door hung”
Anytime we got together as kids, I always looked up to the values you and my Aunt Shirley instill in my dear cousins Bobby and DD. You were the master of common sense, kindness, and family dedication that shines through Bobby, DD, and their families today. You did great Uncle Ernie as a husband, father, and a helping family member with a great circle of valued friends.
While looking down from Heaven, I know how proud you must be of Bobby, DD, and their families in creating a very special celebration of your life! The family members, friends, and members of the fire department truly cared about you and will look after your family for many years to come.
Love to you and your family,
Kirk Menzel
PS: Please give a big hug to all of our dearly departed family members, especially Momma, Daddy, and Kris…

Deanna Wagner Posted at 09:39am

Thank you sweet. We love you guys! Love, Deanna

Sterling Passmore

Posted at 02:02pm
To the family of Ernie....Ernie was my mentor back in the 90's...Shirley his wife worked with me back then in real estate...we found a spot to rent on E. Palmer St....for our office... Ernie being the helpful soul guided me through the process of the remodel...hence my mentor. Ernie a kind and giving man will always remain a bright spot in my heart for he was truly one of a to the family of Ernie I share in your loss.....but God calls us all back sooner or lets be grateful for the 80 years he shared Ernie with those of us who had the pleasure to meet and be apart of Ernie's life here on this earth.
Sterling & Lisa

Deanna Wagner Posted at 09:42am

Sterling, thank you for being a great family friend. I didn't know Dad helped you remodel, but he was that kind of man. He sure is missed! Deanna

Bob Golding

Posted at 08:09pm
As I look back over my life time I have come to better understand what your compassion for us has meant. The times you were so patient and shown that compassion when most would have given up. Your love as our dad was unwaivering through thick and thin. We are very blessed to have you in our lives. God is good and through Him lies our hope.

Know that I love you as my dad and my best friend. Be proud knowing that your love raised a son that honors you and will always carry you in his heart. Thanks Dad for your 80 years on this earth and the love you gave. You will be dearly missed but we know where you are and one day by God's promise we will meet again.

Your son,

Danny Prince

Posted at 09:41am
I was sad to hear from Betty Stockton that Ernie had past. I never knew his last name but he was always so friendly as we would see he and Grace out and about in Franklin. Because i didnt know his last name i never made the connection between learning of Jenny's father-in-law passing away. So for Grace, Bob, Jenny and the rest of the family and friends our prayers are with you, knowing the Lord's promise is for you in that blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted. Praying the Lord's sustaining comfort be with each moment. Yall are in Becky and my prayers.

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