Due to recent struggles with diabetes, Ernie recently underwent surgery on one of his feet. Complications set in after completion of the surgery and the doctors have had Ernie hospitalized this week with staph infection. The physicians have stated that Ernie may be released today, but will be following up under physicians care early next week.
Ernie will not be present for this weekendâ€™s concerts in Westmoreland TN, Palmer TN and Tullahoma, TN. Heirline will however proceed with keeping all of their commitments for this weekend with Ernieâ€™s 13 year old son Landon filling in at lead vocals for Ernie. Ernie wants to thank all of the fans and Southern Gospel Music Industry personnel for their prayers during this difficult time.
Homeland Inspiration Group will announce more information about Ernieâ€™s condition in the coming days. If you would like to send Ernie a note, card, or donation to assist with costly medical expenses, the mailing address is Heirline, P.O. Box 2176, Jasper, TN 37347.