Place of birth: Henderson, N.C.
Date of Birth: September 25, 1938
Religious Affiliation: Christian
Ernie Hux, a beloved husband, father, and grandfather “Papa,” went to be with the Lord on Sept. 12, 2020. Ernie loved God and dedicated his life to promoting the glory of God. As a resident of both Mathews County and Virginia Beach, Ernie was an Arabian horse enthusiast, avid birdwatcher, and an outstanding chef. He was a world traveler, but had a special affection for his home in Mathews County.
Ernie was born on Sept. 25, 1938 in Henderson, North Carolina. After attending the University of South Carolina on a football scholarship, Ernie subsequently served his country in the Army.
In 1958, while stationed in Germany, Ernie met the love of his life, Renate, at the age of 20. He was so smitten, he proposed to Renate immediately. Ernie and Renate married on Nov. 24, 1960, and relocated back to America to begin their family.
When Ernie first visited and saw the beauty of Mathews County he instantly fell in love with the area. He had great admiration for the water, open land, and thick forests and the great kindness of his neighbors throughout the community. Ernie and Renate moved and founded Cedar Point Bed and Breakfast. At Cedar Point they bred Arabian Horses and Ernie loved and cared for their horses with his whole heart. After a few years Ernie and Renate relocated to Brittany Farm where they lived for over 25 years.
In Mathews County Ernie and his family formed and grew his company, Satellite Communications Systems Inc. (SCSI), into a very successful multinational corporation. Following his retirement, Ernie passionately exerted much of his time and energy working to be an exceptional grandfather, while aiding his grandchildren to pursue their dreams.
Ernie believed in hard work and instilled this ethic and commitment to excellence in his family. While Ernie experienced a great deal of success in his life, he profoundly recognized that every instance of joy and success was a blessing from God. He frequently spoke of the tremendous gratitude he felt to God for the many years he was able to spend in Mathews County.
Ernie is survived by his wife of 61 years, Renate Hux; children, Ernie Hux Jr. (Carolyn) and Suzy Oleszko (Larry) of Virginia Beach, and Michael Hux (Judy Shreves) of Mathews County; four grandchildren, and one great- grandson.
A funeral will be held on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 2 p.m. at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., 2002 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach, Va. 23454, and burial ceremonies will follow at the Eastern Shore Chapel Cemetery. The funeral service in the chapel will be livestreamed on Facebook for those who are unable to travel or gather at this time.To access please go to facebook.com/hdoliverfuneralapts.