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Ernest Wisby, Jr.
August 10, 1934 ~ November 11, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old
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Ernest Wisby was born on August 10, 1934, in Texas City, TX. He was born to Rev Ernest Wisby, Sr. and Artis Evans Wisby.
As a teenager, he and his brother Emmitt worked in their father’s ice cream parlor. Rev. Ernest Wisby, Sr. was the first black businessman in Texas City. As the Wisby brothers worked closely with their father they both learned business, mechanics,
Ernest graduated from Central High School, class of 1952. After high school, Ernest attended Tuskegee College. During his attendance at the University, he became a member of Kappa Alpha Psi. Ernest went on to graduate with a bachelor's degree of science in mechanical engineering.
Ernest started his career in mechanical engineering as a teacher at Texas City High School. Ernest taught auto mechanics at the High School and was a mentor to his students.
Ernest later married twice where he had 6 children in total. He was a father to 5 girls and 1 son. He was a loving father in his own special way to each one of his children. He took pride in assuring all his children pursued their education.
Ernest like many of us faced different challenges throughout his life. He wasn’t perfect but he was always willing to help others in need. He would love to barbecue and make his world-famous “Thunder Burgers “! He would spike the hamburger patties with Thunderbird wine and smoke them on his barbecue pit. After eating the burger you would be relaxed and full!!!
Ernest often enjoyed road trips to see his mother Artis and his only brother Emmitt in Oklahoma City. Ernest would take advantage of being on the road using his CB radio. This is where he later would get his CB handle name “Wisbang”. He would visit and spend time with his family as often as possible. He looked forward to homemade ice cream and family fun. Ernest considered moving to Oklahoma City but remained a resident of Texas City, TX.
Later in life he met and married his current wife, Joyce. They built a life together and enjoyed traveling and spending time with one another. He was blessed with a step son, Danny. In which he loved as his own son.
As Ernest made sure his children were well-blended with one another and loved them all equally. He soon embraced becoming a grandfather, and great-grandfather.
Ernest is preceded in death by his parents, Reverend P.D. Ernest Wisby, Sr. and Artis Evans Wisby; daughter, Yotarsha Wisby Barker and son, Ernest Eugene Wisby III.
Ernest leaves loving memories in the hearts of his wife, Joyce Wisby; brother, Emmitt Wisby, Sr., daughters, Desiree (Charles) Hicks, Vernessa (Robert) Anderson, Nadis (Vincent) Rodriguez, and Nikki (Charles) Wisby- Hawkins; grandchildren, Jarrail (Rose) Jackson, Jamiece Jackson, Chloe Hicks, Yorshina Hicks, Dominique Joiner, Charles Hawkins, III, Chalisa Hawkins, Chaden Hawkins, Tristan Anderson, and Trevor Anderson; 13 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandkids; a host of other relatives and friends.
Ernest will continue to be in our hearts and minds for his huge character and tall tales. His legacy will live on through his family and his love will shine through each of us. He will truly be missed and remembered.
In the great words of Ernest Wisby, Jr. if you can’t be good then be careful.