SELMA, Ind. – Ervin Prentice Chafin, 90, went to be with his Lord and Savior Monday, October 1, 2012 at 9:48 p.m., at his home surrounded by his immediate family and Pastor Dennis Trimble.
Ervin was the first son born to William and Jane Evans Chafin on July 9, 1922, at their home on Middle Burning Creek IN Mingo County. Ervin had 10 siblings and was very close to each of them; they called him “Big Brother.”
Ervin was married for 50 years to his late wife, Ruth Naomi Hensley Chafin, prior to her death on January 9, 2001. Ervin had many interests, including being with his family and friends. During his life he enjoyed supporting his favorite baseball team the Cincinnati Reds, spending time with his friends fishing, hunting and bowling; doing yard work, having a bountiful garden, and doing word search puzzles. He also loved attending church functions. Ervin was known to be one of the first to arrive at church services so he could hear the musicians practice and could greet everyone with a smile as they arrived.
Ervin attended Middle Burning Creek School before leaving home at age 15 to join the Civilian Conservation Corps, serving in the State of Montana building structures in National Parks and sending his earnings home to his family. Ervin joined the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, where he served with the 71st Troop Carrier Squadron in the European Theater. Ervin was involved in battles in Normandy, Northern France and the Rhineland. He received the Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Service Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Service Ribbon, and the World War II Victory Ribbon. He was honorably discharged after completing his service and returned to West Virginia to work in the coal mines. As the result of a friendship developed during the war, Ervin came to Muncie in the late 1940s to search for work. He was employed by Owens-Illinois until their closure, then at Anchor Hocking Winchester, retiring in 1978. Soon after arriving in Muncie, three of Ervin’s four brothers, one of his six sisters and many other relatives and childhood friends settled in the Muncie/Selma area.
Ervin was preceded in death by his parents; wife Ruth Naomi Hensley Chafin; two brothers, Bobby Chafin and William Jennings Chafin; six sisters, Lorraine Chafin Estepp, Louise Chafin Howard, Nora Lee Chafin Sobczak Cunningham, Ruth Chafin Belville Murphy, Ethel Mae Chafin Shimp and Melva Chafin Howard; also a stepson, Gary Lee West.
Surviving are three daughters, M. Carroll Maness (husband, David deceased) of Pacolet, S.C., Donna Staggs (husband, Thomas) of Selma, and Deborah Mercer (husband, Harvey) of Muncie; a stepdaughter, Brenda J. Cottrill (husband, Ron) of Logan, Ohio; two brothers, Harry Chafin (wife, Jewell) of Selma and Billy Chafin of Kermit; four grandchildren, D. Denise Estep (husband, Matt), Brian Mercer (wife, Angel), David Staggs (fiancée Caroline) and Amy Staggs; five stepgrandchildren, Sarah West, Elliott West, Alicia Keyes, Chad Keyes and Joyce R. Cottrill; two great-grandchildren, Kade Estep and Kaylynn Mercer; three step-great-grandchildren, Hayle Turney, Aaron Turney and Ali Mercer, and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, October 5, at Parson Mortuary with Pastor Dennis Trimble officiating. Burial will follow in Elm Ridge Cemetery. Military Honors will be provided by the Delaware County Honor Guard at the graveside.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior services Friday at the mortuary.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to True Light Baptist Church, 805 North Country Club Road, Muncie, Indiana 47303, or State of the Heart Hospice, 1350 N. Broadway, Greenville, OH 45331.
Condolences may be left at www.parsonmortuary.com
Parsons Mortuary of Muncie, Ind., is in charge of the arrangements.