Ray Ervin

Ray M. Ervin

May 10, 1958 - March 8, 2021
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Ray Ervin, age 62, of Searcy, Arkansas went to be with the Lord on Monday, March 8th, 2021.

He was a veteran in the Army National Guard, a christian in the Baptist Faith and a Member of the Arkansas State Police Association. He worked 13 years for the Paragould Police Department and then joined the Arkansas State Police. He worked 24 years for the Arkansas State Police until his retirement in 2017.

He is survived by two sisters, Louise Garrett of Paragould; Mary Robinson of Piggett; three brothers, Paul Ervin (Karen) of Paragould; Larry Ervin (Karen) of Paragould; Allan Ervin of Missiourri; a very special friend, Amy Day of Beebe; special friends, Andy Simpson and Jaime Valencia, Randy Day, Chris Boaz and Randy Boaz as well as nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Mervil Ervin; and a his beloved great-aunt Lucie who raised him and his siblings.

The family will receive friends on Friday, March 12th, 2021, from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at Centerpoint Baptist Church 1671 US-64, Vilonia, AR 72173. Funeral Services at 2:00 pm with Ed Sellers officiating. Burial will follow in Vilonia Cemetery in Vilonia, Arkansas with the Arkansas State Police Honor Guard.

The family would like to express their deepest gratitute to Dr. David Naylor of Conway, Dr. Kincaid, Dr. Abobougbo,Dr. Applanini, Dr. Atchley, Nurses Lisa, Jamie, Ashley, Leslie, Gemma, Jodi, Jill and many others that assisted with his care.

Services for Ray Ervin are under the care and direction of Vilonia Funeral Home 1134 Main Street Vilonia, AR 72173. Sign his Book of Memories at
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, March 12, 2021 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Friday, March 12, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Centerpoint Baptist Church
    1671 US-64
    Vilonia, AR 72173
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Funeral Service

    Friday, March 12, 2021 | 2:00pm
    Friday, March 12, 2021 2:00pm
    Centerpoint Baptist Church
    1671 US-64
    Vilonia, AR 72173
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Ed Sellers
  • Interment

    Friday, March 12, 2021 |
    Friday, March 12, 2021
    Vilonia Cemetery
    Cemetery Road
    VILONIA, AR 72173
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    With Arkansas State Trooper Honors


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Posted at 03:19pm
I worked with Ray on the highway for several years, he was a friend. Ray was always ready for work, now he took his time, he never got in a hurry but he was always ready for work if he had that uniform on. Ray had funny cork's about him like we all do. I remember going out to eat with Ray on several occasions, he would wash his hands and sometimes his face in whatever he was drinking, stuff like that you just kinda sit back and watch. He would always bless his food before eating , always. I remember him telling me a story about his ex-wife going out and buying a bunch of furniture without his ok. Ray refused to sit on the new furniture and brought a lawn chair in to the living room to protest the purchase. I don't think he was married to her very long. A nickname we would call Ray was "Mervin Ervin" I don't know where that came from or how it got started but it stuck and he was "Mervin Ervin" to those he worked with. Even though I lost track of Ray after he retired, knowing he has now passed, I will miss him greatly. He will always be missed, he was a friend.

Amelia Baker

Posted at 12:12pm
I was so sad to hear the passing of my neighbor, Trooper Ray. My prayers go out to his family & friends at this difficult time. God bless.
Amelia Baker

Donnie Manues

Posted at 09:14pm
Ray was one of the finest and most professional officers that I have ever had the honor to serve with. He will truly be missed.
Donnie Manues

Donna Hendley Ervin

Posted at 06:28pm
Rest In Peace my Friend.

Colonel Phillips

Posted at 11:37am
So sorry to hear of Ray passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with family.
Sincerely, Colonel Phillips, Retired.

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