He is preceded in death by his grandson, Seth Box; parents, George Henry Uptigrove and Loree Colvin Uptigrove; brothers, Thomas, Aubrey and Jerry Uptigrove; sisters, Geverne Johnson and Ruby Watkins.
Ernest is survived by his wife of 61 years, Myrtle Elizabeth Uptigrove of Bastrop; son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Kathy Uptigrove of Bastrop; daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Ruel Henry of Bastrop; daughter and son-in-law, Belinda and Ronald Oden of Bastrop; six grandchildren, Misty Dickey and husband Kenn, Jeremy Uptigrove, Emily Carson and husband Matt, Robin Bellomy and husband Brian, Hannah Hiller and husband Brian, Zachary Oden and wife Leslie; nine great-grandchildren; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Rodney and Lea Uptigrove of Sour Lake, Texas, Donnie Uptigrove of Forrest City, Arkansas, Bobby Ray Uptigrove of Scranton, Arkansas, James Edward and Judy Uptigrove of Mabelvale, Arkansas; sister and brother-in-law, Mary Darlene and Gary Saunders of Hermitage, Arkansas; sister-in-laws, Linda Uptigrove of Mabelvale, Arkansas and Sue Uptigrove of Alexandria, Arkansas.
Pallbearers will be Jeremy Uptigrove, Matt Carson, Brian Hiller, Daniel Uptigrove, Ruel Henry, Kenn Dickey and Billy Hall.
Honorary pallbearers will be Rodney Uptigrove, Donnie Uptigrove, Bobby Ray Uptigrove and James Edward Uptigrove.
For those who wish, the family suggest memorials be made to Ochsner Medical Center, c/o Dr. Brian Moore, 1514 Jefferson Highway, New Orleans, Louisiana 70121.