Ernest Lester Merriweather, 79, died on Wednesday, April 15, 2009.

He was born on Dec. 14, 1929 to Ernest L. and Edna Pool Merriweather. He was a retired employee of the Robstown Utilities, where he retired after many years of service and was a longtime resident of Robstown.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen P. Merriweather.

He is survived by his daughter, Demetria "Shawn Mason" Gaines of Houston; two grandchildren, Devante Mason and Deja Gaines; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral service was conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 25, at Star of Zion Baptist Church. Interment followed at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Ramon Funeral Home Inc.