Ernest Commander Obituary, A Life Lived With Passion And Purpose


Ernest Commander Obituary, Death –On Sunday, December 17, 2023, the world bid farewell to a beloved soul, Ernest Gene Commander, Sr., a cherished resident of Westville, FL, at the age of 79. Funeral services to celebrate his life will be held on Wednesday, December 20, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Warren Holloway Ward Funeral Home in Geneva.

Dr. Jerry B. Galloway and Rev. Daniel Smith will officiate, and burial will follow in the family plot at Tara Cemetery, directed by Warren Holloway Ward Funeral Home. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects at the funeral home on Tuesday, December 19, 2023, from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Ernest Gene Commander, Sr., was born on February 23, 1944, in Marianna, FL, to the late Emogene and Willie Louise Harrell Commander.

A proud patriot, he served his country in the United States Marine Corp Reserve Division. His devotion extended beyond his service, making him a loving husband, father, and grandfather. As a lifelong member of Sweet Gum Head Church of Christ congregation, he found solace and community in his faith. In his 79 years, Ernest Gene Commander, Sr., leaves behind a legacy of love and family.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 59 years, Carolyn Commander of Westville, FL; daughter Kimberly Stuck and husband Joe of DeFuniak Springs, FL; son Gene Commander and wife Hope of Chipley, FL; two grandchildren, Jaicee Mayo and Riley Commander; and one special great-granddaughter, Felicity Quinn Jernigan. He also leaves behind numerous special nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

Ernest Gene Commander, Sr., is preceded in death by his sister, Helen Commander Galloway. Serving as active pallbearers to honor his memory will be Chance Pitts, Joe Stuck, Jonathan Sewell, Gary Tinsley, Jason Motley, and Dallas Moring. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests memorial contributions be made to Camp Wiregrass, P.O. Box 311072, Enterprise, AL 36311. As we remember Ernest Gene Commander, Sr., let us celebrate a life well-lived and a soul deeply loved. May he rest in eternal peace.