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Ernest Oliver Loudd was born in San Antonio, TX on October 10, 1942. He is the 2nd child of 5 wonderful siblings born to Nathan Wille Loudd, Sr. and Ruby Mae Loudd of Navasota, TX. He accepted Christ as a child and was baptized at Coliseum Park Baptist Church in San Antonio, TX where he served on the usher board. Ernest attended public schools in San Antonio where he played football, was a member of the drill team, and the Army ROTC. Upon graduating from Brackenridge High School, Ernest attended Saint Philip’s College where he participated in activities such as theater and later transferred to Texas Southern University in Houston. He then attended the Dental Academy of Houston where he received his Dental Certification. He was later drafted into the United States Army where he was stationed in Korea and led the dental lab. After his military service, he worked as an insurance agent, car salesman, and an independent contractor. He later met his loving wife Rita Williams and was married for 48 years.
Ernest was known for his mentorship of others, sports coaching and interpersonal motivational talks to young men that attended his church and, in his neighborhood, and community. Due to his faithful service, he was appointed as a deacon and then later appointed as a trustee in his church where he worked alongside his wife in several ministries for over 30 years. He was also inducted into the Masonic Lodge where he faithfully served in his community. But beyond his service, Ernest enjoyed life and loved to travel the world with his wife, Rita. He balanced his life being a son, husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle, and many other roles. Ernest had a bold and gregarious spirit and would often fill many places with love and laughter. His legacy of faith, compassion and camaraderie left an indelible mark on everyone he met. In his final years, Ernest’s nephew and suitemate, Quincy, often said that the rehab facility staff loved him dearly; he made an incredible impact on their lives as he treated everyone he encountered with love, dignity and compassion.
“Bubba,” as family and friends fondly called him, was a fun-loving, strong pillar in his community and family. He was a faithful servant unto the Lord throughout his entire life, and as his favorite song that he led at church says, he knew in his soul, God was real in his life. In fact, Bubba took his final breaths as his church family surrounded his bedside singing that very same song, “God is Real.” Bubba’s legacy will never be forgotten!
His parents, wife and son preceded him in death, and he leaves behind to cherish his memory: his brother Nathan Loudd Jr., sisters Jane Loudd and Rosalind Walker (Howard Walker), his sons Alton Watts of Houston, Floyd Martin of Raleigh, NC and daughter Kiona Seales of Houston, TX. He also leaves behind a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Ernest kept his focus on God and finished his race as a good and faithful servant unto the Lord.