21 comments on “Farewell to Ernie Kicklighter.

    • I went to high school with Ernie..if anyone can provide me more info on this I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks

      • Ernie lived in Folkston, Ga. There will be a Celebration of Ernie’s life on Tuesday 01/24/2012 at 6pm At Grace Chapel Baptist Church,in Folkston. Check Florida Times Union for Obituary

  1. I went to sandlewood with Ernie. I rode on the bike with him (on the street) told him to go faster ,he said “really Vic?” “yea! “I yelled. he opened it up & we hauled butt! I will never forget that. Watched him race a few times. He was fearless!

    • he once to my husband hunting on horseback when they were 18, needless to say a gun was fired and my husband’s horse took off and he was dragged quite a ways and then into a tree stump! Ernie grabbed him up and put him in his truck and rushed him to the hospital. He felt so bad but he was a hero!! we had many fun and crazy times together and we will miss him!

      • Hey Cathy

        Long time no see. Just thought I’d say hello. I see John on a daily basis. I work in the engineering department at Westminster. Take care.



  2. I had met Ernie Kicklighter for the first time at Robling Rd. Raceway in Pooler Ga. 1991. He was getting back into Road racing on a ZX 750 after a well accomplished carreare on ATV 3 Wheelers. And once again at Moroso Motorsports Prark, W.Palm Beach, Fl. He was on his ZX 750 with the support of Regency Kawsaki and a Harley 883 Sportster with the support of Adamacs Harley of Regency. I Had the pleasure to talk with Ernie at Regency Kawasaki during that year of our race season. He was a veary nice and tallented guy. Ernie you will be mist

  3. Ernie was one of the “coolest” guys I ever had the pleasure of knowing. Got to ride with him quite a bit – he was awesome. I was very close to his sister Linda and spent alot of time with their family. My heart goes out to his wife and all the family.

  4. Ernie and I shared some great times from riding dirt bikes, racing dune buggies in the sand dunes behind Regency Square, or just hanging out. We lost touch following graduation, but the memories live on. Knowing Ernie he’s probably laughing and having a great time right now.

  5. I grew up in Ernie’s neighborhood. I guess you could say he was my hero growing up. We would always try to chase him down on our bicycles to see him ride. If he wasn’t popping wheelies down the street or dragging his knee around a corner, you could find him at the 3 wheeler track in the neighborhood. He was just awesome to watch ride. We all dreamed of riding like him. My Dad would take my brother and I down to Daytona to watch him race. I remember him blowing up his engine one year. As I grew older, I would stop by and just talk to him about life. He always had positive things to say and made me feel a little better every time I talked with him. I’m very thankful I was able to see him last March. We all will miss him.

  6. Hello All: Linda Kicklighter Shutterly here (Ernie’s sister)…just wanted to drop you all a note to let you know how much all of the memories you shared meant to our family. I can almost see Ernie doing some of the thing you mention, on the motor with Susan on the back, the horse back ride when Jeff N. got hurt, and Jeff B. of course all of the good times with your family.

    Once again, thank you all so much, and as long as stays in our hearts and minds he will live on forever… RIP Big Ern.

    • Was talking to the sales manager @ Honda of the Avenues the other day, he asked if I knew Ernie @ Sandalwood, and we shared a few stories about him. It was good to see your post, and the memories it brought back after so many years. Good luck to you and your family. Dale Moore

  7. I had the honor of knowing Ernie in the early 90’s when I brought my GSXR to him for some work. He kept my bike for almost 3 weeks ( which I didn’t mind) and soon after he decided it was time to start racing again. We became very close friends and I traveled with him to all the races in the Southeast. Ernie was a great friend and I miss him everyday.

  8. I could send you some pictures of him racing that you won’t find on the Internet, if you’d like. He was one of my dads best friends since high school and like an uncle to me growing up. He was not only a great racer, but a great man. He is deeply missed by his friends and family!

  9. hello there I rember the kicklighters Lynda paul paula ernie we all went to sandalwood high school back in the mid 1970s wow how time flies by well I live right across the street from sandalwood high school summertrees been here since 1979 tommy my older brother was in sandalwood at that time also anyway R.I.P. ernie say hello to tommy upstairs lata peaceout 1970s style rules s/s f.t.w. !!!!!!!!!!!!

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