February 22, 2016


Roberta Joyce (Hawkins) Ervin – Shoals
Roberta Joyce (Hawkins) Ervin, 91, of Shoals, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 at Memorial Hospital & Healthcare Center in Jasper.
Born on June, 2, 1924 in Indianapolis to the late Beatrice Hawkins, she was raised by her grandparents Phillip and Anna Hawkins in Natchez. She married George Charles Ervin Sr. on June 16, 1940 and they were married 69 years at his passing in 2009.
Joyce declaired her main occupation as homemaker and “raising kids,” however she held several jobs outside of the home, including Tarzan’s in Orleans, Loogootee Textile, Crane Depot and Tedway’s Grocery in Shoals. She was baptized at the age of 13 in Lost River and was a member of the Natchez United Methodist Church. Joyce was a 68-year member of the American Legion Ladies Auzilliary, a member of both the Jug Rox Grandmothers Club and the order of Rebekah’s. She also had a special fondness for collecting pigs.
She is survived by her daughters, Carole S. Tow, of Shoals; Georgia Ann Sorrells, of Shoals, Karen and her husband Richard Wilson, of Washington; sons, Jerold Eugene Ervin, of Shoals, John Phillip and his wife, Astrid Ervin, of Shoals; 17 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren and 7 great-great grandchildren.
She is also preceded in death by a daughter, Cozetta Marie Tredway in 2012, a son George Charles Ervin Jr. at at the age of 13 in 1958 and two grandsons.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the hour of service at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 at the Queen-Lee Funeral Home in Shoals. In keeping with her wishes, following her service Joyce will be cremated and laid to rest at a later date in Hawkins Cemetery.
Condolences may be made on-line to the family at www.queenlee.com

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