Ernie Cleveland

HOT SPRINGS — Mr. Ernie “Bubba” Cleveland, 67, of Hot Springs, died Monday, November 26, 2012. He was born May 3, 1945 in Greeneville, Miss. to the late Willie Cleveland and Sarah (Brown) Cleveland Wright. He was a plumber and was of the Christian Faith.

Ernie is preceded in death by his father and his grandmother, Gertrude Williams. He is survived by his mother, Sarah Wright of Hot Springs; wife Faith (Beacham) Cleveland of Hot Springs; sons Matthew Hartman of Hot Springs and Chris Hamilton (Erin) of Ozark; daughters Tina Cleveland of Hot Springs; Jennifer Cleveland of Dallas, Texas, Willa Steward of Hot Springs, Vivian Williams (Rodney) of Memphis Tenn., Sondra Steward-Thomas (Doug) of Hot Springs and Regena Steward of Memphis, Tenn.; brothers Roy Wright of Oakland, Calif., Steve Wright of Baltimore, Md., Stanley Wright of Hot Springs; Carl Wright of Oakland, Calif.; sisters Katherine Burns, Carrie Rasberry, Bertha Osborn (Sylvester), Sarah Ruth Springer all of Hot Springs and Sankie Lee Wright of Chicago, Ill.; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; aunt Mildred Goolsby of Macon, Ga. and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Honorary pallbearers include Chester Fugate, Eddie Lee Jones, Freddie Burns, Tony Noles, Gates MaGoo, Mary Fly and fellow musicians.

A memorial Service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home with Rev. Willie Wade, Jr. officiating.

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