Earnest Lee Mooney, age 71, of El Dorado Springs, MO, passed away October 21, 2012, at Cox South Hospital in Springfield. Earnest was born April 21, 1941, to Alvin and Fern (Shaw) Mooney in Stockton, MO.
In 1959 Earnest graduated from El Dorado Springs High School where he excelled as a football player. When he was young he attended the Baptist Church. In later years he belonged to the Eagles and Bushwhackers of Nevada. He worked for many years as a carpenter and helped build Stockton Dam. He also worked at the Nevada State Hospital and St. Joseph State Hospital.
Earnest loved hunting and fishing. He was an antique car buff and auction fanatic. He loved his dogs “Baby” and “Freckles.” They went everywhere with him. His dream was to own the old school in Jerico Springs and he finally got it. He used to play Santa Claus in the old gym as well as at family gatherings for many years.
Preceding Earnest in death were his parents.
Survivors include his children: Willie Mooney and wife Michelle of Savannah, MO; Billy Mooney and wife Mary of Amazonia, MO; Lora Hettini of California; and Patricia Stanton and husband Ron of Amazonia, MO; brothers and sisters: Carl Mooney and wife Eva of El Dorado Springs, MO; Tom Mooney and wife Opal of El Dorado Springs, MO; Terry Mooney of El Dorado Springs, MO; Ruth Ann Leonard and husband Jim of El Dorado Springs, MO; “May” Elizabeth Zellmer of Kansas City; and Janice Sue Manning of El Dorado Springs, MO; grandchildren: Charles Austin, Billie Jean Mooney, Stephen Mooney, Jamie Mooney, Randon Stanton, William Stanton, Majeed Hettini, and Walleed Hettinie; step grandchildren: Tiffany and Gracie; great granddaughter Autumn Austin; and a large extended family that loved him so much.