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Ernest L. Mancill Jr., 65, of St. Marys passed away Tuesday evening, Feb. 11, at Hospice of the Golden Isles in Brunswick after a valiant battle with cancer.

He was born Aug. 25, 1954, at Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida, and was the son of Bessie Mancill and the late Ernest L. Mancill Sr.

His employment included Southern Company, Home Depot, CSX Railroad, JM Family Enterprises and IBM Corporation. He retired from IBM Corporation after 15 years of service as an executive IT specialist. Ernie and his wife, Louise, are the proprietors of Once Upon A Bookseller in St. Marys.

Ernie was an avid white water rafting enthusiast for many years as well as having a great passion and talent for fly fishing. He pursued this passion by serving as an Orvis-endorsed fly fishing guide at Callaway Gardens and at Little St. Simons Island.

Ernie also enjoyed fly fishing in many geographic locations, including Everglades National Park, Mexico’s Ascension Bay, Teton and Snake Rivers in Wyoming and Idaho and Yellowstone National Park. Ernie remained a devoted Florida Gator fan all his life.

He is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Louise Mancill of St. Marys; his mother, Bessie Mancill of Jacksonville; his sister, Angela Tekin of Jacksonville; his beloved nieces, Meredith Tekin Holmes (husband Cory) and Allison Tekin, all of Jacksonville; and numerous other family members.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Allison Memorial Chapel, 10141 Colerain Road in St. Marys.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Everglades Foundation, 18001 Old Cutler Road, Suite 625, Palmetto Bay, FL 33157 or

Allison Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.