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Theophilus Ernest Eastman (T. Ernest)

The Eastman family announces the death of its patriarch, Theophilus Ernest Eastman (T. Ernest) in his 84th year. A beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and friend, deeply loved and respected, died on Monday, February 28 at the JFK Hospital in Monrovia. The family mourns the irreplaceable loss of a wise elder and counsel, who projected a joyous light in our lives, through his inspiration, faith, optimism and perseverance. He will live on in our hearts forever.

T. Ernest had been in precarious health for the last three months. As with everything else in his life, he bore it with dignity, and deep religious contentment. He chose to breathe his last breath in his home land of Liberia.

Ernest and the Eastman family hail from the township of Crozierville, Monsterrado County, established by Caribbean immigrants who joined the Liberian society in the 1800. Like his father, Ernest became a Liberian dedicated to uniting and building Liberia. He was adamant in etching a respectable place for Liberia among the nations of the world. T. Ernest devoted his entire life to Liberian Public service and will be remembered as the creator of the modern Liberian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the mentor to many currently serving as public servants in the foreign ministry and numerous Liberian embassies around the world. His work ethics, ideas, and ideals are stamped on generations of Liberian Foreign service officials.

His loss is mourned by his children: Willette (Henry Holder), Catherine,(Verdell Houston), Kumba (James McCritty), Theo (Linda), Oscar, Malaika (Khalide Thompson), and Diamond, his siblings: Bernice, Alvin, Emolyn, Beatrice, and a host of nieces and nephews. On March 26, 2011 a State Funeral Service led by the Liberian Government will be held in Monrovia, after which interment services will be held in his birth place of Crozierville, Liberia. We appreciate the overflow of kindness we have received from the Government of President Ellen Sirleaf, Liberians at home, in the USA and around the world, as well as foreign friends.

Funeral Arrangements


The body will be taken from the Stryker Funeral home on Friday March 25, 2011, at 3 pm

Wake will be held at the First United Methodist Church on Ashmun Street beginning at 6:30 pm on Friday March 25, 2011.

Funeral Service will be held at the First Church on Saturda, March 26, 2011 beginning at 9 am

Body will be taken immediately after the service for internment in Crozierville

Repast will be held at WULKIE FARM immediately after internment.


We welcome you to direct your communications to the following members of our family:

  • Kumba Eastman McCritty-678.334.3768
  • Catherine Eastman Houston:-770.402.5868
  • Eric Eastman:- 011 231 513 365; Monrovia, Liberia
  • Jimmy Eastman- 571-217-9717; Virginia, USA
  • Evangeline Turkett Goodridge 443-801-7644; Maryland, USA
  • Willette Eastman Holder- 011 231 651 6637
  • Paul Mulbah - 011 231 651 0438; Monrovia, Liberia


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