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“PAT...... I am Carroll and Janie O'Brien's son in Florida. I don't know you and didn't know Ernie, but Dad told me about your loss, and also how...Read More »
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“We are very sorry for your loss, our prays are with you and your family at this time. ”
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“Patricia, I want to say I am very sorry for your loss and if there is anything I can do for you please let me know. It is an honor to be...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Tanya Marie Shiflett - Baltimore, MD

“Patricia, We would like to send our condolences to you and your family. Sincerely, Jeff and Jean Smith ...Read More »
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“Ernie, I will miss you very much, though I only knew you for a short time I enjoyed every moment spent with you. You are a man that reminds me much...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Tanya Marie Shiflett - Halethorpe, MD

“Pat, Bob and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during these difficult times. Linda Lassiter...Read More »
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Suddenly on January 28, 2009 ERNEST DAVIS SHIFLETT. Born January 22, 1926 in Standarsville, VA. Beloved husband of Patricia Shiflett (nee Sipes). Son of the late Robert Shiflett and Alberta Shiflett Hunt. Brother of Herman Shiflett, Dallas Hunt, and the late Carrie Sacre, William Ed, and Delwood Weaver Shiflett. Much loved father of Laura Walker and husband Scott Sewell, R. Lance Walker and his wife Kathleen, Lisa Young and her husband Robert and E. David Shiflett and his wife Tanya.
Wonderful "Poppy" of Jessica Milesky, Trevor and Brendan Spedden, Dennis O'Donnell, III, Spencer and Elizabeth Young and Samantha and Alissa Shiflett. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Ernie was the proverbial self-made man. With very little formal education he accomplished much. After arriving in Baltimore and working a variety of jobs where he managed to learn how to weld and do mechanical work, he went on to start his own businesses. He began with one dump truck and just went on from there. Eventually he had a steel hauling business with many loyal employees. When he wanted to build and office and a shop, he made a deal that helped him aquire land with little or no money down. Then he acted as his own general contractor and had his shop and offices erected. Everything proved to be a success strictly due to his hard work and determination. The opportunity presented itself when he was asked to be a depot for a container company. His was the first on the East Coast. He ended up being a depot for three companies and bought seven more acres adjacent to his original lot. Once again he was in the right spot at the right time and jumped at the opportunity and successfully managed all of the various enterprises. He was fearless in his undertakings and worked harder than anyone who ever worked for him. Sheer determination drove him. After selling his business (1982) he began restoring antique cars and entering car shows and winning many trophies. He was featured in Muscle Car Classics (8/88) with pictures of a Shelby GT 350 he had restored. Due to health problems he had to give up the car restorations and his next project was building a log home on a mountain in Pennsylvania. Not only did he oversee the building, he drove everyday from Baltimore to PA to make sure all was done as he wanted. He proceded to terrace the sloped lot with stones he dug out of the ground. The walls are a sight to see. No one could believe he had dug and laid each stone. His fingerprints are all over everything that made up his life. There was no way but the right way to do anything. The vegetable garden he had each year produced so much and was so manicured - weeds had no chance. He could work rings around folks half his age. While he accomplished so many things, his greatest joys in life were his children and his grandchildren.
A memorial gathering will be held Saturday 1-4 P.M at the Ambrose Funeral Home, Inc.., 1328 Sulphur Spring Road, Arbutus. Donations may be made in his memory to Beans & Bread 402 South Bond Street, Baltimore, MD 21231 or to My Brothers Keeper, 4207 Frederick Road, Baltimore, MD, 21229.

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