Dr. Howard Ernest “Ernie” Mainprize was born July 22, 1969 in Salem, Arkansas, the son of Coy George Mainprize and Grace Anthem Sauser Mainprize, and departed this life on April 10, 2021.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Coy and Grace Mainprize; and two brothers-in-law, Van Baker and Jerry Harper.
Ernie is survived by the love of his life, Jacquie Sands; one son, Ethan George Mainprize, and Ethan’s brother and sister, Dagen Sands and Bailey Sands; four sisters, Pam Baker, Denise and Neil Sharman, Anita Harper, Connie and Michael Daniel; one brother, Keith and Rona Mainprize; many nieces and nephews; other relatives; and many friends.
He graduated from Thayer High School. After high school Ernie earned a bachelor’s degree in microbiology with a minor in psychology from Missouri State University. He next earned his doctor of chiropractic from Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City, Missouri. He later obtained a nursing degree in West Plains, Missouri and was an RN.
Ernie was a chiropractor owning his own practice. He also loved to learn and teach and was an instructor at Missouri State University in West Plains, Missouri.
He was a Christian and grew up in the Church of Christ.
Ernie was involved in his community and served on the Thayer Special Road District. He also served on the Oregon County Ambulance Board and the Rose Hill Cemetery Board.
He liked flying, especially his powered parachute. He was often seen flying over Thayer. Ernie was also an automotive enthusiast, restoring and working on cars.
Ernie’s greatest love was spending time with Jacquie, his son and his family and friends. He felt that memories and experiences were more important than any worldly possessions. He will truly be missed by his family and all that knew him.
Funeral services for Dr. Howard Ernest Mainprize, age 51, of Thayer, Missouri will be held on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. to service time at Carter Funeral Home in Thayer, Missouri.
Burial will be on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 in Rose Hill Cemetery in Thayer, Missouri with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer, Missouri.