Ernestine Nelson, 63

August 11, 2010

MAY 26, 1947-AUG. 8, 2010

Ernestine Nelson, 63, of Hagerstown, Md., died Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010, at her home in Hagerstown.

Born May 26, 1947, in Cambridge, Md., she was the daughter of the late Joseph Rowley and Mary Catherine (Jackson) Simmons Sr.

Ernestine was a past employee of TFX Marina, Hagerstown, with more than 20 years of service. She was a member of Second Christian Church, Hagerstown, where she was a deaconess, choir member and president of the Christian Women's Fellowship.

Ernestine is survived by one daughter, Sharon D. Nelson; one son, Robert W. Nelson Jr.; a granddaughter, Shaquitia L. Nelson; and a great-granddaughter, Nevaeh M. Nelson, all of Hagerstown; seven brothers, Gertha A. Rowley and Lawrence E. Simmons, both of Hagerstown, Vaughn L. Simmons of Memphis, Tenn., Harold J. Simmons and Lamont E. Rowley, both of Philadelphia, Lance J. Simmons of Rocky Mount, N.C., and Shelton Rowley of Cambridge, Md.; two sisters, Deborah L. Simmons of Hagerstown and Rebecca L. Woods of Philadelphia; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.


Ernestine was preceded in death by three brothers, Donald Rowley, Christopher M. Simmons and Lloyd E. Simmons Jr.

The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010, at Second Christian Church, Hagerstown. The Rev. Jacquelyn M.V. Dixon will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Hagerstown.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, 2010, at Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 1037 Haven Road, Hagerstown, MD 21742.

The Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, Bryan K. Kenworthy P.A., 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown, has been entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences are accepted at

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