Robert Earl Ervin
Memphis Funeral Home - Germantown
3700 North Germantown Parkway
Bartlett, TN
Robert Earl Ervin, 87 of Oakland, TN formerly of Bartlett passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on Monday, September 13, 2021.

Mr. Ervin was a sports writer for the Commercial Appeal for 32 years, was a huge fan of Delta State, the Fighting Okra, where he attended college, an avid Ole Miss Rebel fan and grew up in Cleveland, Mississippi where he played the drums in the high school band and went on to play the drums in his college band, also formed a swing band with his cousin Jimmy after graduating from college. Mr. Ervin loved his soap operas, Young and the Restless, As the World Turns, Bold and the Beautiful, and was a big Hollywood Movie Buff. He served in the U.S. Army, was very respectful and honored the military as well as those who served, his entire life. Mr. Ervin was a Catfish & Hot Tamale connoisseur. He loved spending time with his kids, grandkids and great grandkids, was a season ticket holder at the Memphis Orpheum working his way to the front.He had the best life-long friends who he played golf withand was also a member of Bartlett United Methodist Church.

Mr. Ervin was preceded in death by his loving wife, Nita Eloise "Sugar" Ervin in 2017; and is survived by his children, Robert Stewart Ervin (Teresa) of Drummonds, TN, Tish Marie Turner (Michael) of Oakland, TN, Hal W. Ervin of Brighton, TN and Deborah Ann Filler (Kurt) of Keithville, LA; grandchildren, Jonathan, Brandi, Dustin, Josh, Brad, Sommer, Dalton, Lance, Grace, Kyler and Wes; great-grandchildren, Skylar, Palmer, Hindrix, Mary Ashton, Austin, Barratt, Tenley, Addy, Lyle, Leia, Noah, Kaylie & Kristina.

The family will receive guests beginning at 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 15, 2021 and a funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, September 16, 2021 both at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 3700 N. Germantown Road, Bartlett, TN.

Customary remembrances may be sent to the Dream Center in L.A., 2301 Bellevue Ave. Los Angeles, CA. 90026 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital-Memphis.

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Published by The Daily Memphian on Sep. 14, 2021.
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My brothers and I were saddened to learn of Bobby's passing. He was our mentor during our days at The Commercial Appeal. He was an exacting taskmaster who used salty language to make his point, but we were all the better for it. To this day when I look at the Scoreboard page, I shake my head and wonder what Bobby would have said if we had pulled scores from AP without distinguishing between St. Mary's-Kentucky or St. Mary's-Indiana. He knew the location and mascot of every "humpty" across the nation. We are proud to have worked with Bobby. May he rest in peace, and may God bless his family. He was one of a kind. - Chuck Weirich
The Weirich Brothers
September 15, 2021
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