Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home

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Emily Frances Leitner Ervin

16 July, 192627 November, 2019

Mrs. Emily Frances Leitner Ervin, 93, of Statesville, passed away Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at Gordon Hospice House.

Born in Portsmouth, VA on July 16, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Louis Jordan Leitner and Bessie Mathias Leitner.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her step-mother, Myrtle Chadick Leitner.

Mrs. Ervin was a graduate of Madison College (now James Madison University) in Harrisonburg, VA. She was a member of Concord Presbyterian Church, where she served as the Church Organist and Choir Director for many years. She was also a member and Past-President of the MacDowell Music Club and held a Lifetime Membership in the National Federation of Music Clubs. She spent a lifetime sharing her gift and love of music as a music educator in the Iredell County Schools and the community, including private piano and voice lessons to hundreds. A number of her choral and piano compositions were published. Mrs. Ervin was also a member of the Scotts Extension Homemakers Club, Past-Regent of the Fort Dobbs Chapter of the D.A.R., and a volunteer at Scotts Elementary School. In 2007, she received the Old North State Award from Governor Mike Easley for her extensive volunteer work.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 67 years Hugh Harris Ervin, of the home; children, Nancy Ervin Nesheim (Brad) of Richmond, VA, David Leitner Ervin (Kathryn) of Cary, NC, and John Hugh Ervin (Joyce) of Statesville; five grandchildren (Benjamin Nesheim, Philip Nesheim, Anna Ervin Hoppert, Daniel Ervin and Drew Ervin) and four great-grandchildren (Charlotte and Cate Nesheim and John and Joseph Hoppert).

The family will receive friends Saturday, November 30, 2019 from 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM in the fellowship hall of Concord Presbyterian Church. The funeral service will follow at 3:00 PM in the church sanctuary with the Rev. Elizabeth “Liz” Troyer officiating. Burial will be held in the church cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Concord Presbyterian Church 3867 Taylorsville Highway Statesville, NC 28625 or to the MacDowell Music Club.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.bunchjohnsonfuneralhome.com.

Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Ervin family.


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Denise Wilkerson

10 December 2019

I was sad to hear that Mrs. Ervin had passed away. She was a gifted musician and teacher! She came to our chorus class at North when we sang one of her songs. She told us to pay the royalties so she could attend Weight Watchers. She was fun to watch teaching young children. I observed her teaching an elementary class and she had so much energy and enthusiasm. She and the students were playing hand instruments, and everyone was eagerly participating ! May she rest in heaven. Your family is in our prayers.

Carolyn Moody Cavin

30 November 2019

Hugh, John &Joyce and family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. You have my sincere sympathy. Emily was loved by so many people. Emily was my third grade music teacher at Troutman. This was just before Nancy was born. She was a very special lady. Love to you all

Margaret McColl Langendorfer

30 November 2019

Emily has always been a large part of the McColl family life. She was a teacher friend and family member. We loved her music and interest in our family, church family and community. She will be remembered with love and heartfelt thanks for all she did for the McColl kids. 🥰