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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Fletcher Ervin obit
Mr. Fletcher L. Ervin, 71, a long time Newport attorney who for a number of years served as attorney for Cocke County, died Tuesday of Agent Orange related causes. He died at Fort Sanders Hospital in Knoxville following a lingering illness. Ervin was born October 1, 1945 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee to W.O. and Rachel Stephens Ervin. He was the eldest of their three sons. He should be remembered as a man who loved his family and his country. He was without pretension and tried to treat everybody fairly. He tried to help people and to leave the land better off than when he found it. He will always be missed by people who loved him. A graduate of the University of Chattanooga and the University of Tennessee Law School, he served in the Army, and then practiced law for many years. While in the Army he achieved the rank of Captain, served a tour of duty in Vietnam where he was exposed to Agent Orange, and was awarded the Bronze Star. Ervin also was a farmer who especially enjoyed working with the cows on his farm and he also had several tamed bovine pets. He and his children showed cattle at local fairs for several years. A member of First United Methodist Church of Newport, he attended regularly as his health permitted. Ervin was a past member of the Parrottsville Ruritan Club, and served a term as president during the initial opening of the Parrottsville Medical Clinic. He was preceded in death by his son Robert Lee Ervin; parents; brother Kenneth Ervin; parents-in-law James H. and Ann Martin Clark. Survivors include his wife Elizabeth Clark (Penny) Ervin; children, grandchildren and great grandchildren Michael Clark Ervin, Melissa Ann Ervin Moback, David Ervin, Elizabeth Lovelace, Rachel Ervin, Sarah Ervin, Kevin Ervin, Bailey Lovelace, Austin Lovelace, Blake Ervin, Braxton Ervin and Emily Manos; aunt Kathleen Raper; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Walter and Marti Steffen and several cousins. Graveside service will be held 1 pm Sunday, August 20, at Huff Family Cemetery with Pastor James Bennington officiating. Military honors will be provided by the East Tennessee Veterans Honor Guard. The family will receive friends from 3 pm to 5 pm, at First United Methodist Church following the burial. Memorials may be made to the Parkinsonís Foundation, Wounded Warriors Projects or the charity of choice.

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