Requiascat in pace.... Ernie Tonkin, longtime member, usher, and brother in Christ, died Wednesday, June 16, 2010, at Gateway Medical Center. The funeral service will be at 11:00 am Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church with Rev. Larry Peters and Rev. Dr. William Childress officiating. Burial will be in Flint Memorial Cemetery, Michigan. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday at the Church.
Ernest Tonkin was born November 3, 1930 in Flint, Michigan son of the late Bert Tonkin and Clara Powell Tonkin. He was preceded in death by his son Raymond B. Tonkin. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and retired from Fisher Body I in Flint. He was a US Army Veteran serving during the Korean Conflict. Survivors include his beloved wife, Lorna Tonkin; three daughters, Carlla Poe, Flint, Michigan; Wilma "Wendy" Livington (Phil), Kelley Callender (Stan), and daughter-in-law, Maria Tonkin, all of Clarksville; fourteen grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.
He was received into the Lord's kingdom in baptism and marked as a child of God, confirmed in that baptismal faith, and a longtime member of the Lutheran Church (in Flint, MI, and then in Clarksville, TN). On most Sundays you could find him at 8:15 at Grace Lutheran Church, name tag in place, dressed for the Lord's House, greeting friends and family (and new friends), and serving the Lord wherever needed. We will miss his smile and the unpretentious manner of this man of faith.
Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 2041 Madison Street, Clarksville, TN 37043.