Please be mindful that we will adhere to all government recommendations and mandates at all services at this time. We are limiting graveside seating to no more than 10 with masks being strongly encouraged. Other masked attendees are welcomed but will be expected to practice social distancing.
Graveside services are likely to be held on ground that is uneven, which is out of the control of Oglethorpe Funeral Chapel, Inc. We ask that you take this into consideration when choosing footwear, such as shoes with high, thin heels. Please be advised that Oglethorpe Funeral Chapel, Inc. will not be held responsible for injuries at a grave site because of this.
On Saturday, February 13th, Mr. Ernest Lee Golphin, “Meatball” as he was affectionately called, transitioned from labor to refreshment, departing this life after a brief illness. Meatball was a caring husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He was an avid fisherman and loved working in his yard as well as those of his children. He was born to the parentage of late Willie and Christine Hicks Golphin on April 10, 1947. He was educated in Macon County, Georgia school system and graduated from Dennis Fulton Douglass High School in the Class of 1966. After graduation, he was drafted into the United States Army and was honorably discharged after a year of service. Upon returning home, he was joined in holy matrimony to Annie Pearl Robinson on November 9, 1970.
Ernest was employed as machine operator at Cooper Lighting in Americus, Georgia for over 30 years until his retirement in April 2009. He was also a devoted member of St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Oglethorpe, GA, where he served on the steward board and as a tenor in the mass choir. He was a member of the American Legion Post #558 in Americus, Georgia. He was a Past Master of Oglethorpe Masonic Lodge #291 (PHA) and a member of the Past Masters’ Council. He was also a member of two other Prince Hall Masonic Houses, namely Charlie Brown Consistory #353 and Al Rakim Temple #142.
Ernest is survived by; his wife of 50 years, Annie Pearl; his children, Ernest Clark of Lafayette, LA, Shawn Golphin of Montezuma, GA, Shannon (Demetrius) Smith of Kathleen, GA, Joseph Stewart of Clarksville, TN, Stanley (Renea) Golphin and Jason Golphin of Oglethorpe, GA; grandchildren, Tyler Smith (Deceased), Colby Smith, Jasmine Clark, Kevin Clark, Stanley Golphin, Jr., Christopher Golphin, Kelley Clark, Jason Golphin, Jr., and Zykierra Williams; sisters; Viderial Clark and Gloria Nelson of Oglethorpe, GA; brothers-in-law, Samuel Robinson (Helen) of Harrisburg, PA, Willie Woolfork Jr. (Connie) of Montezuma, GA; sister-in-law, Robbie Robinson of Marshallville, GA; Aunt; Willie Bell Gouch of Detroit, MI; a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends; three dear friends, Benny Raines, Herbert Little and Marvin Hillman.