The Reverend Doctor Ernest J. Only of Marianna, Florida transitioned from life temporal to life eternal on Thursday, January 26, 2017 in Flowers Hospital in Dothan, Alabama.
The Reverend Doctor Only was a member of the Greater Buckhorn Missionary Baptist Church. He was a retired United States Air Force veteran. To know him was to love him.
Homegoing Celebration services will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 11:00 AM from the sanctuary of the New Galilee Missionary Baptist Church located at 2155 Highway 73 in Marianna, Florida where the Reverend Mark Dudley is the pastor with the Reverend Deblasis DeRon Johnson, the Reverend Dr. Samuel Everett, Minister Tony Hall, the Reverend Adrian D. Abner, and Pastor William Harvey officiating. Interment in the Buckhorn Cemetery in Marianna, Florida. Vann Funeral Home in charge.
Dr. Only will lie in state at the church from 10:00 AM until time for the service.
A viewing will be held from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Friday, February 3, 2017 at Vann Funeral Home.
Dr. Only leaves to cherish his memories: A devoted and loving wife of 46 years: Mother Mae Alice Only; one daughter: Kinetra Only (Elwin) of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; two sons: Kevin J. Only (Cherie) of Miami, FL; and Kerry Only (Dr. Cecilie) of Charlotte, NC; thirteen grandchildren: Kaela Abner (Pastor Adrian) of Cottondale, FL; Shakevia Only of Miami, FL; Shakera Only of Miami, FL; Kobe Only of Lithonia, GA; Jayvon Only of Miami, FL; Kimora Cooper of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Kameron Only of Charlotte, NC; Kerri Only of Charlotte, NC; Unborn of Charlotte, NC; Victoria Matos of Melbourne, FL; Marianias Matos of New York; Micheal Cobb; and Steven Cobb; Ten great grandchildren: Kassidy Davis of Cottondale, FL; Michael Galvin; Mikayla Galvin; Mylichi Matos; Jaylen Sanders-Cobb; Brianna Cobb; Braxton Cobb; Tatiyana Roman; Anthony Cobb; and Amira Cobb; two sisters: Louise Beal of Daytona, FL; Lois Only of New Jersey; two brothers: Ronnie Only (Andrea) of Washington, DC; and Thomas Only (Lillar) of Orlando, FL; four sisters in-law: Carrie Keel of Carol City, FL; Nettie M. Onley of Stockbridge, GA; Erma Only of Daytona, FL; and Ola Bell Sylvester of Marianna, FL; two brother in-laws: Retired Presiding Elder Bobby Keel (Evelyn) of Tampa, FL; and Melvin Keel (Dorothy) of Hollywood, FL; Eight godchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many dear friends.