Ernest Anthony Maynard

1939 - 2005

Our dear friend Ernie Maynard passed away Sunday morning, 16 January, 2005 at his home in Oak Grove.  Ernie and his wife, Leslie went to church service in the morning. Ernie went home after the service while Leslie remained at the church.  Once home Ernie called 911 but by the time the paramedics arrived he had passed away.

Ernie was a life long motorcycle enthusiast and one of Peckerhead Motorcycle Racing's founding members starting back in the 80's.  He was also a long time member and former President of the NTNOA and attended many of its rallies.  Riding was always something very special with Big Ern.  He enjoyed riding so much he wanted all his friends to experience the same sense of freedom and excitement he always did.


Ernie's Memorial Service was Thursday, 20 January at 5:00 PM at the Oak Grove United Methodist Church.  Ernie was a staunch supporter of the church and was a mentor for many of the Church's children.  Big Ern would often conduct "Children's Time" on Sundays.

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Pastor Martha Myre gave the Service and aided by her in-depth knowledge and understanding of our friend gave a superb Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving for the life of Big Ern.  As was Ernie - the Service was special.

As Ernie often said, "Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body; but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, 'Wow! What a Ride!'"
-- author unknown

"On January 16, 2005 we all lost a brother.
Some of us were lucky enough to have known him."
Dave Howe

God Speed Ernie  - RIP

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