In Loving Memory

Charlene T. Earnest, d. May 23, 2010

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November 12, 1935 – May 23, 2010 In Loving Memory.
Charlene Wier Earnest passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 23, 2010 at her home surrounded by her family. She was a native of Tioga, LA and a longtime resident of Daphne.

Charlene wanted to be remembered for loving God and her family. She will also be remembered for her vitality, zest for life, as well as her love of the arts, music, football and NASCAR.

Upon graduation from Tioga High School and attending Northwestern, she was a graduate and instructor of John Robert Powers Modeling Schools. Her marriage to Air Force fighter pilot, Wilburn James Smith, allowed her to live in France, New Mexico and Florida. As a military wife, she was active in the Officers Wives Club. Charlene was a devoted mother and grandmother and was very involved as a Brownie/Girl Scout leader, home room mother, PTA officer and was involved in various civic activities.

In 1984, she and her husband, Chalmos Earnest, relocated to the Gulf Coast and enjoyed living in Lake Forest (Daphne, AL) and spending many special times in Gulf Shores with granddaughter, Sabra. She was an exceptional cook who loved entertaining, decorating and making all holiday events special for family and friends. Her family is so thankful for the quality time spent together.

Throughout her life, she owned and operated Performing Arts Studios in Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida and Alabama allowing her to develope the creative talents of many young people. She belonged to many professional organizations.

Charlene is preceded in death by her parents, Charlie Boyd and Beaulah Olive Tullis Wier of Tioga. Survivors include her husband of thirty years, Chalmos R. Earnest of Daphne; daughters, Sonya G. Smith of Daphne; Aleesha Smith Palombo (Frank) of Mobile, AL; step-son, Russ Earnest of Panama City, FL; the “light of her life”, granddaughter, Sabra Lea Smith of Baton Rouge, LA and her cherished furry companion, “Chin-Chin”.

Her family offers special thanks to Dr. Michael A. Finan and the staff of USA Mitchell Cancer Institute; Dr. Ron Russell and staff of Mobile Infirmary and Thomas Hospital staff for their care and concern. Also thanks to Rev. Steve Rascoe, Rev. Marg Perrelli and Daphne United Methodist Church for their prayers and support.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or The Haven in Fairhope, AL.

Visitation and entombment will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel, 4000 Monroe Hwy, Ball, LA 71405, on Friday May 28, 2010 from 9:00 AM till the 11:00 AM service.

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