Ernest M. “Ernie” Carlisle, Sr.

April 13, 1932 - September 18, 2023

Ernest M. “Ernie” Carlisle, Sr., age 91, of Smyrna, DE, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on Monday, September 18, 2023.

Born in Felton, DE, on April 13, 1932, he was a son of the late James A. and Mary Ethel (Seward) Carlisle. Ernie proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He worked as a harness horse trainer at Brandywine Raceway and Dover Downs, where he also spent 14 years working in track maintenance and landscaping. In addition, Ernie was a groundskeeper for U.L. Harman Lumber Co. in Marydel, DE.

Ernie was a member of USTA and American Legion Post No. 14 in Smyrna. In his spare time, he enjoyed watching NASCAR and was a stock car enthusiast.

In addition to his parents, Ernie was preceded in death by his son, Ronald E. Carlisle; and siblings, Arthur J. Carlisle, Pearl R. Smith, Floyd I. Carlisle, Lillian A. Stayton, Clarence N. Carlisle, Harry C. Carlisle, Roland L. Carlisle, Edgar J. Carlisle, Lester N. Carlisle, Thelma M. Kemp, Leon F. Carlisle, and Harold K. Carlisle. He is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy A. (Bryant) Carlisle; children, William E. Carlisle (Dawn), Ernest M. Carlisle, Jr. (Bonnie), Lisa Cahall (Tony), and Rick Haas (Lisa); grandchildren, Kristina (Tom), Brittney, Ernest III, Casey, Jacob, Elise, Caleb (Melissa), Eric, Tony, Matt, Sam, Kayla and Alyssa; and great-grandchildren, Ernest IV, Layla, Kingston, Corey, Colton, and Luca.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 5 pm until 7 pm on Friday, September 29, 2023, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE. A funeral service will begin at 10:30 am on Saturday, September 30, 2023, at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 North DuPont Highway, New Castle, DE.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ernie’s memory to Asbury United Methodist Church of Smyrna, Delaware, 20 W. Mt. Vernon Street, Smyrna, DE 19977 or online by clicking here.

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6 Condolences for Ernest M. “Ernie” Carlisle, Sr.

  • Sure going to miss you Ernie we had a lot of fun together at the track rest easy my friend so sorry for your loss dorthy

  • Oh my Dear Uncle Ernie. I will miss you so very very much. I’m thankful you were with us for so many years. Your smile and laughter would light up the room . I will miss you so very very much. Rest in peace my dear uncle. I love you!!!!!!

  • Sorry for your loss! My mom is Ethel Rosson/Smith!I hate that I haven’t met most of you but glad I have some of you on Facebook! Love y’all!

  • I am uncle Ernest’s neice, my mom was his sister. Pearl R. Smith.I am sorry to hear about his passing.

  • So happy we got to see him this summer. I’ll miss his smile and that belly laugh…especially when he told a joke. I’m sure Mom was waiting for him with open arms. I’m determined to get those huge tomatoes. He told me his trick but so far hasn’t worked. Lol sending hugs of love and comfort to you all. Love Roy and Midge

  • So sorry for your loss! Grandpop Ernie was a kickass dude and we loved spending time with him and the family at the race track. He will be greatly missed.

    Kevin, Jocelyn & Ainsley