Ernestine Halbert Obituary

November 22, 1935 ~ October 12, 2023

87 Years Old


Funeral services for Ernestine Halbert, 87, of Frisco, formerly of Nacogdoches, will be held at 3:00pm on Sunday, October 15, 2023 at Nacogdoches First Church of The Nazarene with Bro. Jason Lott officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery. Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 2:00pm at Nacogdoches First Church of The Nazarene.

Ernestine Cox Halbert, 87, of Frisco, Texas transitioned to her Heavenly Home on Thursday, October 12th, 2023, surrounded by her loving family.  Her greatest joys in life were her family, friends, and faith in her Savior, Jesus Christ.  Ernestine was a church secretary and played the organ and piano much of her life.  She loved music, baking cookies and preparing meals for others, watching Westerns, and a good laugh.

Born on November 22, 1935, in Nacogdoches, Texas to Ernest and Vina Kelley Cox, Ernestine attended and graduated from Nacogdoches High School in 1952.  She was invited to attend the Church of the Nazarene where she met the love of her life, Lee Halbert.  They were married on October 8th, 1955.

Ernestine enjoyed her work at McCrory’s Five and Dime, a secretary for Texas Farm Products, a secretary for the Nacogdoches Church of the Nazarene and University Baptist Church.  She was a greeter at Oakley Metcalf Funeral Home and Laird Funeral Home for many years.

Her life changed when she became a widow at the age of 49, but God was faithful and carried her through those lonely years.  Her faith can be summed up by her favorite Bible verse, “Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid…for the Lord your God goes with you: he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6) 

Ernestine was preceded in death by her husband, Lee A. Halbert (1985). 

Ernestine is survived by a host of friends and her family whom she dearly loved.

Her family includes her children, Lisa LaJuan Holt of Grapevine, Texas, Kelly Lee Halbert & wife, Lori of Murray, Kentucky and Kirk David Halbert & wife, Joyce of Frisco, Texas; grandchildren, Jessica Nelson & husband, Brad of Bedford, Texas, Lauren Andress & husband, Brad of Plano, Texas, Jameson Holt & wife, Katie of Saginaw, Texas, Lydia Engel & husband, Carter of Fort Worth, Texas, Timothy Odom & wife, Kristi of Van Alstyne, Texas, Jennifer Garcia & husband, Nicholas of Van Alstyne, Texas, Jonathan Odom & wife, Kelli of Dallas, Texas, Lexi Diehl Arnett & husband, Michael of Nashville, Tennessee, Dani Diehl of Jonesboro, Arkansas, Lee Halbert of Frisco, Texas, MaLeea Halbert of Frisco, Texas and Harrison Halbert of Frisco, Texas as well as twelve beautiful great-grandchildren with three on the way.

Serving as pallbearers will be Lee Halbert, Harrison Halbert, Jameson Holt, Timothy Odom, Nicholas Garcia, Carter Engel and Brad Nelson.  Honorary pallbearers are Brad Andress, Andrew Beatty and Jackson Smith.

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