Ernie D. Poland

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Services to honor the life of Mr. Ernie D. Poland, 74, were held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, July 20, 2020, at Hill Crest Memorial Funeral Home. Interment followed in Bistineau Cemetery, Heflin, LA. The family received guests on Sunday evening from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Ernie was born on March 20, 1946, in Bellevue, LA to the late Claude T. Poland and Edna (Smith) Poland. He passed away on July 15, 2020, at his home in Haughton, LA with his wife and family at his side.

Ernie had been a hard worker all of his life. He owned and operated his own painting business, A1 Paint Company, and enjoyed teaching archery to children through Cabela’s Sporting Goods. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt. Life came to a “standstill” during hunting season. No deer or turkey was ever safe with Ernie around. Ernie also instilled in his children and grandchildren the importance of hard work, his hunting skills, and his wisdom in both. It was the simple pleasures, however, he enjoyed most; spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren, drinking coffee, and his daily trips to Brookshires. It goes without saying that he was a wonderful and loving husband, father, and grandfather who will be deeply missed.

Ernie is preceded in death by his sister, Betty Ruth Traylor; brother, Clyde Poland; and his parents. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 55 years, Nancy Poland; his children, Angela Dake and husband Jay, Pamela Beloney, and Kimberly Bethann Leath and husband James; grandchildren, Elizabeth Hurst, Abbey Beloney, Emily Woolheater, Victoria Pardue, Michael Rodriguez, Cassandra Rodriguez, John Luke Tawater, April Tawater, Melaney Tawater, Jamelyn Leath, Jacob Dake, Carrol Dake, and Wesley Dake; great-grandchildren, Wesley Vassar, Evalynn Woolheater, Adalynn Woolheater, Kaitlyn Pardue, Krisley Pardue, Cameron Speght, Makenzie Norton, Aubrey Jacks, Michael Rodriguez, III, Zoe Rodriguez, Talon Wordin, Jaylynn Matthews, Hunter Matthews, and Michael Mackley.

Pallbearers were James Leath, Jay Dake, Victoria Pardue, Wesley Vassar, John Tawater, and Chad Poland. Honorary Pallbearers are Tony Monuz, Melont Mackly, Troy Procell, Jason Taylor, Jacob Drake, Emily Woolheater, Cassandra Rodriguez, and April Tawater.