Abingdon, Va. - Paul James Ervin, Jr., age 74, of Abingdon, Va., passed away on Saturday, October 10, 2020, at his home. A lifelong resident of Southwest Virginia, Paul was born in Glade Spring, and attended Douglass High School in Bristol, Va., before starting his career as a concrete finisher. He attended Mount Calvary United Holy Church in Glade Spring, Va. He loved to hunt, fish, and have conversation over coffee.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Paul James Ervin, Sr., and Sarah Elizabeth Fields Ervin; and sister, Beatrice White.
He is survived by four sons, Jamie Ervin, Jason Ervin, Travis Ervin, and Scottie Ervin; one daughter, Vanessa Ervin; two brothers, Jessie Ervin, and Russell Ervin; seven sisters, Nora Preston, Nina McHenry, Virginia Hooper and husband Arthur, Hattie Harris and husband Milton, Barbara Skipper, Mary Taylor and husband Robert, and Jacqueline Richardson and husband Kenneth; one honorary sister, Barbara Rose Skipper; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; special niece and caregiver, Tonya Washington; and several other nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Friday, October 16, 2020, from 12:00 noon until 1:00 p.m., at the Main Street Chapel of Farris Funeral Service. A funeral service will follow at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Hattie Harris officiating. Military rites will be conducted by Highlands Veterans Honor Guard and the Virginia National Guard in honor of Paul's service in the United States Army.
Honorary pallbearers will be Raequan Jordan, Charles Jordan, Kenneth Richardson, Andrew Hounshell, Robert Taylor, Jonathan Williams, Arthur Reddix, Daniel Hounshell, Daryl Coleman, Arthur Hooper, and Earl Tate.
Paul will be laid to rest at a later date at Mountain Home National Cemetery.
COVID-19 guidelines will be followed by attendees wearing masks and social distancing maintained.
Those wishing to express sympathy online may do so by visiting www.farrisfuneralservice.com
and signing the online guest register.
The family of Paul James Ervin, Jr. is being cared for by Farris Funeral Service & Crematory, 427 E. Main St., Abingdon, Va. 24210, (276) 623-2700.