William R. "Bill" Ervin
November 6, 1953  -  April 26, 2018

William R. "Bill" Ervin

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Sunset Memorial Funeral Home
6801 E. Business 20
Odessa, TX  79762
Sunday, April 29, 2018
6:00-8:00 pm
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Funeral Service
Sunset Funeral Home Chapel
6801 East Business 20
Odessa, TX  79762
Monday, April 30, 2018
1:00 pm
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Sunset Memorial Gardens
6801 E. Business 20
Odessa, TX  79762
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William “Wild Bill” Robert Ervin, 64, ascended to his new heavenly home on April 26, 2018 in San Angelo, Texas.

Bill Ervin was born in Odessa, Texas to Robert and Dorothy Ervin on November 6, 1953. He was raised in Andrews, Texas for most of his childhood, where he rose to hometown stardom in athletics and academics. As the years went on, that admiration expanded. He changed the lives of many as a Licensed Professional Counselor, and as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor for more than twenty years. Bill also influenced and inspired hundreds around the nation with his other passion in life, music. The list of his accomplishments – spiritually, educationally, professionally and personally – are a tremendous testimony to the full life he led in his time on Earth.

Bill is survived by and will always be cherished in the lives of his children: Alexandria Ervin Foster and husband Landon Foster, William John Robert Ervin and Dogan Jett Nelson Ervin; his sister, Cathy Cavin and husband Elmo Cavin, brother Andrew Ervin and wife Darlyne Ervin; and his granddaughter, Elliana Foster.

He is preceded in death by his father, Robert Ervin, and his mother, Dorothy Ervin.

Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Sunday, April 29, 2018 at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home.

Bill’s Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, April 30, 2018 at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Dr. Jimmy Braswell of Cumberland Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will follow.

In lieu of flowers, please make your contributions to Serenity House at 1546 N. 2nd Street in Abilene, Texas, 79601.

Bill’s family wish to extend our sincere thanks to the doctors and nursing staff at San Angelo Community Medical Center, as well as the friends, loved ones and church families that brightened Bill’s life through prayer and encouragement.


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  1. Sheila Demorrow
    Odessa, TX

    God speed and save a place for Me. R.I.P. Bill

  2. zuma hotchakoo
    Pagosa Springs, CO

    "How about 'Mack the Knife' one more time? Get up here, Andy!"

  3. Mark Evans
    Eagle River, AK

    Condolences from Mark and Karen Evans in Alaska.

  4. Elaine Eubanks Thomas
    Richardson, TX

    Sending hugs and prayers to Bill’s family. I will always remember many fun times growing up with Bill in Andrews. You will be missed by many. May you find peace❤️ Elaine

  5. Sam Lee
    Andrews, TX

    "along the way we've gathered souvenirs to remind us of days gone by. They're the pages in the chapters of a wonderful book, it's the story that we call our lives. One by one we'll all disappear, but we will never fade away, if we will always remember, to never forget, the love that we have today"

  6. Stanley Scott
    Lubbock, TX

    Great memories of growing up with Bill in Andrews. My prayers for Andy, Cathy and your families.

  7. Rheta Duncan
    Odessa, TX

    Such a wonderful man who reached out to so many people. Integrity, honesty, compassionate are the words I can think of. Worked with Bill at the Permian Basin Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. Witnessed the help he offered to so many. You will be missed on this earth but sure you have been welcomed in heaven/

  8. David Zachary Christenson
    Plainview, TX

    You will always be a part of who I am, Bill. Thank you for being a very large part of my life. You touched my heart in ways that very few people ever have. Your family is in my prayers. I love you man!

  9. Gwen
    Garland, TX

    Prayers to Bill's family. Bill was very talented and had a way of making people feel special. He's in Heaven playing guitar with that big grin.

  10. Edna Conn
    Odessa, TX

    I am saddened you are gone. You had been such a good and encouraging friend. Sing with the angels. Until we all meet again....

  11. Tom (Tommy) Echols
    Breckenridge, TX

    Knew Bill in Andrews and reconnected a while back. Tremendously talented individual and a great sense of humor. So shocked to hear of his passing. My prayers for his family

  12. Bruce Cooper
    San Antonio, TX

    My heart broke. Loved this man. We meet at Cody Cattle company. Many parties that lead to both finding the path of recovery. His voice and music and spirit will be in my heart. Condolences to the family and sing one for him.

  13. Mary Lou (Berggren) Birney
    , TX

  14. Jackie Parnell
    Andrews, TX

    Known Bill Most of my life. We always had a good time together in the early years(ElPaso Tx) May God Be with you Bill. One of the goodies

  15. Cindy Edwards - Mathews
    Ruidoso, NM

    My deepest and heartfelt love to all of this precious family. Bill will hold a special place with me always. Thank you for the gift of friendship since childhood. Love and prayers for you all in the days ahead. Cindy

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