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Clarence Lee Ervin Sr.

  • "Clarence,Tyrone, Vicki and the family....I am so sorry I am..."
    - ReJeanne Johns-Sylvester
  • "Much love to the Ervin family (our friends). Mr. Ervin..."
    - Linda Holmes
  • "Tyrone and Clarence; you are in my prayers. I had not seen..."
    - Gwen Thomas-Franklin
  • "Clarence and Tyrone please know you and your family are in..."
    - carol kinner
  • "To the entire Ervin family. Even though I have never met..."
    - Glen and Diana Coston

Clarence Lee Ervin Sr. LUBBOCK-Clarence Lee Ervin Sr., 87, of Lubbock passed away on Dec. 16, 2013. Clarence was born on Dec. 12, 1926, in McKinney, Texas, to the parentage of Ed Ervin and Rosie Walker. He attended public school in McKinney where he excelled in athletics. After completing high school, he became a member of U.S. Army, serving from Sept. 21, 1945, until April 21, 1952. He achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant and was a decorated soldier receiving the Silver Star and Purple Heart after being injured in combat. During his tenure in the military, he was united in matrimony to Joan Y. Ervin; from this union came two sons, Tyrone and Clarence Jr. Clarence Sr. and Joan were inseparable for almost 65 years, until her death in September 2012. Clarence became a member of New Hope Baptist Church where he was a faithful servant in the choir and on the deacon board until his health began to decline. Clarence as well as O.C. Horton became the first two African American linemen for Southwestern Bell in the mid-fifties. Clarence was the ultimate family man, a devoted husband and father, and a proud American and supporter of growth in the community. Although many will miss his physical presence, his life and legacy will be missed forever. Clarence was preceded in death by his grandmother, Margie Walker; his parents, Ed and Rosie; his wife, Joan; three sisters, Alene Ervin, Fayrene Ervin and Mary Ervin; one brother, Jimmy Fred Ervin. He leaves to cherish his memories: two sons, Tyrone and Clarence Jr.; brothers, Titus Ervin, Henry Lee Ervin and Randall Ervin; grandchildren, Sharlene Ervin, Yyannia Jennings, Shala Ervin-Robinson, Shawnette Ervin and Shauntay Ervin; great-grandchildren, Jenneria, LaDijia, Quentyn, Raquia, Raquerria, Aysia, Trenton, Jenifer, Za'Maijia and Annaye; nieces, Aqunetta Lewis, Vickey Reed, Daphne Morgan, Linda Hall, Denise White, Tracy Jackson, Carla Snell and Mary Ervin; nephews, Daryl Snell, Andrew Smith, Doyle Snell, Steven McGraw, Anthony McGraw, David Summers, Johnnie Ray Summers, Ephriam Jr.; and a host of other relatives, church family and friends. Celebration of life services will be held on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, at 11 a.m., at New Hope Baptist Church. Interment will follow at City of Lubbock Cemetery under the direction of Griffin Mortuary. Visitation will be held today, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Griffin Mortuary.

Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Dec. 22, 2013
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