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Ernest Harold Featherston

Male 1933 - 2016  (83 years)

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  • Name Ernest Harold Featherston  [1
    Born 02 Nov 1933  Monroe, Union County, North Carolina, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Anecdote 1988  [1
    • Ernest Harold Featherstone was born November 2nd, 1933, on a cotton farmin Monroe, Union County, North Carolina, the 4th son of Charles ErvinFeatherstone and Willie Myrtle Sipe (Ernest was 15 when his Dad died).He was named after his Uncle, Harold Sipe, a CIA agent for the federalgovernment, who bought the farm for the family. When his uncle died inthe line of duty, he bequeathed his gold pocket watch to his nephew,since Harold never married or had any children of his own. (To this day,the details involving the death of Harold Sipe's death remain amystery....the actual date of death is not known, his body was shippedhome from Washington, and only the year of death was provided to hisfamily, as evidenced on his tombstone in the Greenwood Cemetary inBelmont, North Carolina).

      Ernest graduated from Belmont High School and later joined the U.S. Navystationed aboard a carrier. During his four year stint in the Navy hewas a cook (KP Duty) and a radio man, the latter of which initiated hisinterest in obtaining an education in electronic engineering. Hereturned to Belmont, North Carolina after completing his Navy tour,where he attended Belmont Abbey College. He worked several odd jobs inorder to put himself through school.

      At age 22, he met and married Joyce Lee Cloninger on April 5th, 1957.After Ernest's marriage and birth of his first child (me, Darlene), hemoved his family to Raleigh, North Carolina to complete his engineeringdegree at North Carolina State University. Upon completing his degreethe family returned to Mt. Holly and lived in the upstairs apartment ofMrs. Stroup's home on Hickory Grove Rd. Ernie Jr., his second child andfirst son was born while they were living with Mrs. Stroup and hersister.

      Ernest and Joyce built their first home in Holly Acres, Mt. Holly, wherethey lived until about 1963. The family then moved to California wherehe worked for Collins Radio. They spent less than a year in Californiaand then transferred to Marion, Iowa, where his second son and thirdchild Michael Lee was born. Pamala Freshour, Ernest's Neice joined withthe family in Iowa, where she attended and graduated her senior yearfrom high school.

      Ernest took an engineering position with General Electric Co. [G.E.] andmoved his family from Marion, Iowa to 410 Kale Street, Sattelite Beach,Florida, in 1965. He worked in Cocoa Beach at the Kennedy Space Centerfor G.E. from 1965-1969, during the Apollo 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, & 14 SpaceMissions. He met and worked with several of our nation's firstastronauts; Neil Armstrong [the first man to walk on the moon], JohnGlenn, Gordon Cooper, Alan Shepherd, Gus Grissom, and Wally Schirra. Heworked with other G.E. engineers in developing all the software for theSaturn 5 boosters and the Lunar Excursion Module [LEM], as well as theApollo Space Craft Module. The LEM was the craft that actually landed onthe moon!

      In 1969, G.E. transferred Ernest back to Charlotte, North Carolina,where he subsequently took a position with RCA. He worked with RCA forapproximately 3-4 years and then took a position with J.P. StevensCompany as their Director of Engineering. Stevens transferred their baseof operations to Greenville, South Carolina. After commuting for nearlytwo years, Ernest sold his Stanley 15+ acre home on Black Snake Rd. andrelocated to Greenville in 1985.

      In 1988, when J.P. Stevens was sold due to a hostile take-over, Ernestand Bill Sibley took key members from their engineering department topartner a new corporation, CC+I [Computer Control Plus Integration], athriving endeavor that specializes in automating and integrating processcontrol systems for industries world-wide.

      He's come a very long way from that poor boy who grew up on that cottonfarm in Monroe, North Carolina.........we are proud of you Dad!

      With Love, your daughter, Darlene Featherstone Lankford
    Reference Number 52868 
    Died 08 Dec 2016  Greenville, North Carolina, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Ernest Harold Featherstone


      Ernest Harold Featherstone, 83, of Greenville, husband of JoyceCloninger Featherstone, died Thursday, December 8, 2016.

      Born in Monroe, NC, he was the son of the late Charles Ervin and WillieMyrtle Sipe Featherstone.

      Ernest served in the US Navy and retired as President of CC+I, asoftware process control company.

      Survivors, in addition to his wife since 1957, include one daughter,Darlene Honeycutt and husband Jimmy of Simpsonville; one son, MichaelFeatherstone and wife Lisa of Iron Station, NC; five grandchildren; andfive great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, ErnieFeatherstone, Jr.

      The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 3:30 PM on Sunday, December11, 2016, at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Southeast Chapel.

      Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society , 154 MilestoneWay, Greenville, SC 29615 or to the American Heart Association , 156Milestone Way, Greenville, SC 29615.

      Condolences may be sent to the family at www.thomasmcafee.com.
      Published in The Greenville News on Dec. 9, 2016 - See more at:http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/greenvilleonline/obituary.aspx?n=ernest-harold-featherstone&pid=183026106&fhid=28579&eid=sp_ommatch#sthash.wTdhEavB.dpuf
    Person ID I52868  Featherstone Main
    Last Modified 19 May 2017 

    Father Charles Ervin Featherston,   b. 05 Nov 1890, Gaston County, North Carolina, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Jun 1948, Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Mother Willie Myrtle Sipe,   b. 21 Jun 1894, Caattawba County, Ohio, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 May 1968, Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married Abt 1916  [1
    Family ID F15819  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family J.L. Cloninger 
     1. D.D. Featherston
     2. E.H. Featherston
     3. M.L. Featherston
    Last Modified 21 Jan 2018 
    Family ID F15838  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Ernest Harold Featherston 1933-2016
    Paul Edward and Ernest Harold Featherston as children

    Paul Edward and Ernest Harold Featherston as children

  • Sources 
    1. [S1765] Featherstone Society Member Elaine Boston, E. Elaine Boston, (2014).

    2. [S1402] various contributors, see citation, Message on Facebook from Darlene Langford Honetcutt.