Ernest Mancill, Jr.- February 11, 2020


Ernest L. Mancill, Jr. 65, of St. Marys, Georgia, passed away Tuesday evening (February 11, 2020) at Hospice of the Golden Isles in Brunswick, Georgia after a valiant battle with cancer. He was born August 25, 1954 at Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida and was the son of Bessie Mancill and the late Ernest L. Mancill, Sr.

His employment included Southern Company, Home Depot, CSX Railroad, JM Family Enterprises and IBM Corporation. He retired from IBM Corporation after 15 years of service as an Executive IT Specialist. Ernie and his wife, Louise, are the proprietors of Once Upon A Bookseller in St. Marys, Georgia.

Ernie was an avid white water rafting enthusiast for many years as well as having a great passion and talent for flying fishing. He pursued this passion by serving as an Orvis endorsed fly fishing guide at Callaway Gardens and at Little St. Simons Island.

Ernie also enjoyed fly fishing in many geographic locations, including Everglades National Park, Mexico’s Ascension Bay, Teton and Snake Rivers in Wyoming and Idaho and Yellowstone National Park. Ernie remained a devoted Florida Gator Fan all his life.

He is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Louise Mancill of St. Marys, Georgia; his mother, Bessie Mancill of Jacksonville, Florida; his sister, Angela Tekin of Jacksonville, Florida; his beloved nieces, Meredith Tekin Holmes husband Cory and Allison Tekin all of Jacksonville, Florida; numerous other family members.

Visitation will be held Saturday (February 15, 2020) from 11:00am-1:00pm at Allison Memorial Chapel, 10141 Colerain Rd., St. Marys, GA, 31558.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Everglades Foundation, 18001 Old Cutler Road, Suite 625, Palmetto Bay, FL, 33157 or

Allison Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

7 thoughts on “Ernest Mancill, Jr.- February 11, 2020

  1. Beverly Cyphers

    I loved conversations with Ernie. He was one of the most positive people I have met. He loved in depth conversation, and he was good at it. I will miss those talks. God bless you, Louise.

  2. Joyce Barnwell Yocum

    Dear Louise,
    Just learned of your husband’s passing through Cathy Cullen.
    Turn to God for all your comfort & strength. He will carry you through this journey. He is resting peacefully now.
    With heartfelt love & sympathy,
    Joyce Barnwell Yocum

  3. Howard Hirsch

    Ernie was my last mentor. I got to spend about 8 months learning from him and enjoyed his passion for the work. I will miss him and listening to his fishing stories. Test in peace ,Ernie. You fought a great fight.

  4. Mariane Porecca

    I am so sorry to hear of Ernie’s passing.

    I like to take credit for hiring Ernie away from Southern Company and bringing him to Jacksonville. He was top-notch technically, always professional, but very down to earth. Ernie was a joy to work with.

    My deepest sympathy to Louise and his entire family. He was the best!


  5. Ben DeVivo

    Just like many of his friends and family, I was very sorry to hear of Ernie’s passing.

    Ernie and I joined IBM within one week of another, and we became fast friends. Both of us enjoyed fishing, which was a contributing factor. His enthusiasm for kayak fishing got me hooked, and I went out and bought a kayak, as a result of that.

    We were joined at the hip for a number of years, as sales and tech sales colleagues and shared many road trips together, throughout North America. Many great conversations were had, as well as a number of interesting experiences, including the time that he stranded me at the Atlanta Airport for about 8 hours :). We laughed about that many times over the years!

    You will be missed my friend RIP.

  6. Virginia Erikson

    I was so saddened to hear of Ernie’s passing after such a brave and courageous battle. I have such fond memories of our time working together at IBM and can can truly say that Ernie was the most amazing and talented technical specialist I ever worked with. He was a strategic thinker that possessed many skills and brought creativity and determination to everything he did. He brought the same passion to his “job” as he did to fishing! He had an enthusiasm that shone through everything he did and you just couldn’t help liking him. I always think of Ernie when I reflect on the good times at IBM and will cherish the trip to Hawaii that we were able to share with our spouses. Ernie, you may be gone, but never forgotten.


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