Highway 431 Blog

Friday, August 12, 2011

Ernest Nunley ::

I got sad news about Ernest just a few minutes ago:

NUNLEY, JAMES, ERNEST, age 52, of Tracy City, Tennessee, AKA "One Fat Cowboy," passed away Tuesday, July 26, 2011, in Lubbock, Texas. He had worked in construction for most of his life and had begun a cross-country trip by horse and wagon when he was injured in a mishap with his horses. He was preceded in death by his father James Edward Nunley and stepfather Brad Sweeton. Survivors include his son, Wittle James (Amanda) Nunley, Stillwell, Oklahoma; mother, Roberta Sweeton, Tracy City; brother, James Edward Nunley, California; sister, Josephine Sweeton, Tracy City; grandchild, Addison McKenzie Nunley. Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 2 in the funeral home chapel with Reverend Mike Rigsby officiating. Burial will be in Plainview Cemetery with pallbearers Wittle Nunley, Earl Campbell, Jimmy Layne, Johnny Carter, James Edward Nunley and Robert Heck. Arrangements were made by Foster and Lay Funeral Home, Tracy City, TN.

I only met Ernest for a few minutes as he passed through my rural neighborhood in New Hope, Alabama, but I was hoping for the best for him in his quest to get to California. I'm truly saddened by the news of his passing!