Ernest Lopez departed this life and entered the kingdom of Heaven to glisten in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ on Sunday, September 2, 2018. A memorial service is scheduled for 7 p.m. followed by the Holy Rosary service at 7:30 p.m., September 6, 2018 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Family and friends will gather to celebrate Mass on Friday, September 7, 2018, at 10 a.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic Church followed by internment at Resthaven Cemetery. Flowers may be sent to Lakeridge Chapel and Memorial Designers.
Ernest was born on August 7, 1965 to Ysidro and Rosemary Garcia Lopez in Lubbock, Texas. He attended Lubbock Roosevelt ISD where he excelled in academics and athletics which included football, powerlifting and track. Ernest attended South Plains College and began working at United Supermarkets immediately after his high school graduation. It was at United where his true talents began to develop and shine which included his love to serve people and his infectious smile. Ernest was a hardworking man with a work ethic to rival the most enduring of men. His perseverance and relentlessness epitomized his career as he was promoted to Produce Manager at United 34th and Q at the early age of 19. His career as a produce manager afforded him a plethora of experience that eventually earned him the position of Produce Supervisor, Lubbock Region. From the floors of many United grocery stores to the fields of Chile where he developed relationships with United Supermarkets Produce suppliers he always served true to the United Family Mission. Ernest was a loyal team member of United; always serving the people of Lubbock with a smile for the past 35 years. Ernest had many interests away from work and the first was loving and caring for his first grandchild, Na’Zaiah. He was also a football enthusiast, cheering his Red Raiders on Saturdays, but rooting and hollering for his Dallas Cowboys on Sundays which was a cherished pastime in the Lopez household. He also enjoyed golf and time with family and friends.
Survivors include mother of his children, Martha Maria Lopez; children, Christopher Bernardo Lopez and wife, Jessica; and daughter, Kristan Alyssa Lopez; granddaughter, Na’Zaiah Alezay Lopez; father, Ysidro Lopez, wife, Maria Lupe; siblings, Ysidro Lopez, Jr., Sylvia Lopez, Patricio Lopez and wife, Elizabeth; Jessica Deleon and husband, Abel; Lucas Garcia, Carlos Lopez and wife, Melissa; Annamarie Sanchez and husband, Thomas; Andy Lopez and wife, Denee; Gabriel Lopez along with many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Rosemary Garcia.