James Brian Earnest

Posted Online: March 17, 2014, 8:49 pm
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James Brian Earnest, 51, of Fort Mill, S.C., formerly of the Illinois Quad-Cities, went to be with his Lord on March 16, 2014, at his home. He was surrounded by his family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 22, at the Gibson-Bode Funeral Home, 202 Main St., Port Byron. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the service begins at the funeral home. Pastor Shawn Karns will officiate. Interment will be held in Fairfield Cemetery where Brian will be laid to rest with many family members. A luncheon reception will be held at 12:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Port Byron.
A Celebration of Life service will also be held Saturday, March 29, from 10 a.m. until noon at Philadelphia United Methodist Church in Fort Mill, S.C. Pastor Kevin Cooley will officiate; refreshments will be served. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice & Community Care at P.O. Box 993, Rock Hill, SC 29731.
Brian was born on March 2, 1963, in Colorado Springs, Colo., the son of James Archuletta and Georgia Zabalveitia Earnest, and the stepson of Lincoln Earnest.
Mr. Earnest was a senior Integrated Systems Manager at Tyco Integrated Security. He enjoyed 31 years in the physical and electronic banking security industry.
Mr. Earnest was a member of Philadelphia United Methodist Church of Fort Mill. In addition to his career in the security services, Brian also took pride in coaching his sons in recreational soccer, participating in the YMCA Indian Guides program, watching his sons perform on stage in church, high school, and college productions, and going to movies with family and friends. He also enjoyed serving others through involvement with Habitat for Humanity and the South Carolina Salkehatchie summer build projects, as well as the Kairos Prison Ministry, all in association with his local church.
Mr. Earnest is survived by his wife of 32 years, Deena; two sons, Alexander, 21, and Austin, 20; his parents; and maternal grandmother, Rebecca Nixon. Brian also is survived by four sisters, Rebecca Christine Shetler, Connie Lynn Andrew, Rita Celeste Luebbers, and Rachel Charlene Earnest, and a brother, Lincoln L. Earnest. He leaves behind many precious nieces and nephews.
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