OBITUARY: Ernest Hilton Lampley


Ernest Hilton Lampley, born July 15, 1940, peacefully shed his mortal coil on April 26, 2023, at the age of 82.

Ernest is proceeded in death by his parents, Ernest Coley Lampley and Ruth Alice Parker Lampley.

He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Barbara Dickerson Lampley. Sons and their wives: David Parker Lampley, and wife Vickie Lampley, James Spencer Lampley, and wife Holley Lampley. Grandchildren: Parker Lampley, Oliver Lampley, Mallie Lampley, and Thomas Lampley. His brother, Leonard Lampley, wife Sheryl Lampley; sisters, Betty Southhall and Juanita Powell; and nephews, Edward Powell and wife Molly, Kevin Powell, and Christopher Powell.

He served in both the United States Navy and the United States Army. After his military career, he was called to preach and went to seminary school and became a pastor in the United Methodist Church for a few years before retiring for good.

He was a 50-year member of King Solomon Lodge #6 in Gallatin TN. As well as a 32° K.C.C.H. (Knight Commander Court of Honor) and 50-year member of the Scottish Rite, Valley of Nashville, where he was always active in the choir and sang a solo called “I see God”. His favorite things in life were his family, gardening, cooking, working with stained glass and anything that would get him outdoors.

Ernest was a loving husband, father, grandfather, friend, and confidant to many. He lived his life helping others as often as needed. He was always there to listen carefully and be caring in his offers of advice. He was an enormous and sturdy shoulder in times of need for anyone who needed it.

Though he is now at peace, we grieve for the enormous hole left in our hearts. He has provided us with many good and cherished memories. He has Instilled the best of himself in us, that the hole may be filled with love with the echoes of his life to help guide us onward. We all look forward to the day we will be with him again.

Visitation will be held Sunday, April 30th at Sellars Family Heritage at Gallatin starting at 2:00 pm to be concluded with a Masonic service at 6 pm. Funeral Service will be Monday, May 1st at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of Sellars Family Heritage at Gallatin, with Rev. Ryan Bennett officiating. The inurnment with full military honors will be held at the Nashville National Cemetery at a time to be later announced.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local food pantry.

Online condolences may be submitted at

Sellars Family Heritage at Gallatin, 100 E. Albert Gallatin Avenue, Gallatin, TN 37066. 615-452-7115. Obituary line 615-452-5900. E-mail: [email protected].


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