Friday, April 10, 2009

Arrangements Made For Dave Ernspiker

UPDATE - Sunday, April 12, 2009:
ERNSPIKER, CHRISTOPHER DAVID, 39, of Louisville, passed away Thursday, April 9, 2009 at his home. He was the founder of Big Rock Show Inc., a musician, music teacher and a worship leader for the Heart of Fire Church. He was also a member of Hopewell Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his loving mother, Janet Dell Ernspiker. He is survived by his father, Edward Gene Ernspiker; his maternal grandmother, Edie Wilkins; paternal grandmother, Della Ernspiker; an uncle, Dan Ernspiker; and an aunt, Linda Hatter. The family would like to offer a special thank you to Mark Ernspiker Jr.

His funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at the Hopewell Baptist Church, 4305 Hopewell Road, with burial to follow in the Hopewell Cemetery. Visitation is 2-8 p.m. Monday at the Heart of Fire Church, 5101 Bardstown Road and after noon Tuesday at Hopewell Baptist Church. The family has entrusted Dave's arrangements to the Arch L. Heady at Resthaven Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of the funeral home.

Dave's bandmates released a statement through their facebook page:

We'd like to thank everyone for all their support through what is a tough time. Dave, Shawn, Mark and myself really appreciate it. Dave Ernspiker inspired so many people and had such love in his heart for what we do that it is really hard to put into words. Thanks everyone who came out last night to celebrate his life. We are blessed to have so many great friends. I'm not sure what is going to happen next but I can tell you this. We have discussed it an The Big Rock Show will go on. We think that's what Dave would want.....so we are searching for a guitar player and we will be having different people fill in until we find someone who can do what we need. We can never replace Dave. But we will still be around. I'll see you guys tonight at Mac's Hideaway where Wyndell Williams will be playing guitar for us tonight. I Love You Dave!! I Miss You Bro!! You will always be on stage in my heart with The Big Rock Show!!!


Mac's Hideaway is located at 1636 Slate Run Road in New Albany.


2 comments:

  1. SOMETIMES LIFE IS VERY HARD TO UNDERSTAND,I LOST MY BEST FRIEND AWHILE AGO AND HAVE BEEN TRYING TO COPE WITH THE LOSS THE BEST I CAN.THIS COMMENT IS FOR THE MANY FRIENDS DAVE HAS LEFT BEHIND.DONT TRY TO UNDERSTAND WHY DAVE HAD TO GO SO YOUNG.THERE IS NO ANSWER BE THANKFUL YOU HAD A CHANCE TO KNOW HIM,BECAUSE THE OLDER WE GET THE LIST OF REALLY CLOSE FRIENDS THE KIND YOU HAVE KNOWN FOR YEARS GETS VERY SHORT.SO TAKE TIME FOR THE PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE EVERYDAY BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN THEY WILL BE GONE. GOD BLESS

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  2. Ronnie WatchmakerApril 13, 2009 at 1:43 AM

    Thanks everyone for their support. There will be a tribute to Dave at Coyotes Tuesday night at 7pm. I don't know the full list of bands but so far it looks like The Wulfe Brothers, Spanky Lee, The Predators, Greg Foresman, and The Big Rock Show with Ronnie Watchmaker,Dave Williams, James St. James and various local guitarists. Come out and join us in a great celebration to the life of Dave Ernspiker....my bandmate, my friend, my brother!!

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