Funeral services for Gordon Andrew Ervin, 76, will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 at Central Baptist Church, where he was an active and faithful member, with the Rev. Tim Everett officiating. Burial will be in the Springhill Cemetery under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home, Springhill.
Visitation will be today (Monday) from 5 until 8 p.m. at Bailey Funeral Home.
Mr. Ervin was born March 3, 1935 to George Andrew and Charlotte Barclay Ervin in Moberly, Missouri and died peacefully at his home in Springhill on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012.
He attended the University of Missouri and became a resident of Springhill in 1958 where he became editor of the Springhill Press for several years. He left Springhill and began work with Boeing Company in Huntsville, Alabama as a technical writer for the Space Program. He also worked with LTV Aerospace Company in Dallas, Texas as Public Relations Director. He returned to Springhill and became Executive Director for the Office of Community Services and Director of Civil Defense for Webster Parish, retiring after 30 plus years of service.
Mr. Ervin served as an usher at Central Baptist Church for many years and taught a Sunday school class for college students. He was a longtime fan of the Wabash Railroad and collected many items of railroad memorabilia throughout the years. He was a huge fan of the Springhill Lumberjack Football team; helped call the games for the radio station and was known as "Flash Gordon." He enjoyed being with people and will be remembered for his sense of humor.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jean Gipson Ervin and daughter, Elizabeth June Barclay both of Springhill; son, Gregory Andrew Ervin of Houston, Texas; grandson, James Heath Harvey of Springhill; sisters-in-law, Wilma Ervin of Madison, Alabama and Kay Gipson of Springhill; brother-in-law, Johnny Gipson of Springhill; niece, Kay Lynn Jenkins; nephews, Norman D. Ervin, Brandon Gipson and Brian Gipson.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, William B. Ervin.
Serving as pallbearers will be Roy Spence, Jr., Ralph Whitlock, Brandon Gipson, Bill Joiner, Ken Sivils and Robert Colley. Honorary pallbearers will be Ben Vercher, Johnny Barnes, Joe Harper and Calvin Craig.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Central Baptist Church or the American Lung Association.
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