Collins-McKee-Stone Funeral Home

30 Riverside Highway, Bassett, VA


Robert Lee Ervin

September 15, 1954July 26, 2020

Robert Lee Ervin (known to friends as “Bob”), a resident and native of Henrico County, VA, before retiring to Patrick County VA with his wife of 35 years, Tammy, has permanently changed his address. On the 26th day of July 2020, Bob received an invitation that he could not refuse, a reunion with family and friends that he had not seen in a long time. It included a special offer, “To live in the glory of God forever.”

How can only a few words be written to truly capture someone who touched so many in sixty-five years. Bob blessed us with rich memories and valuable lessons. Some learned to fish, camp or canoe; how to select the right tool for the job; to love nature and each other; and always, just to be thankful.

Bob could accomplish anything he set his mind to do, especially with wood. Starting at age 12, he assisted his dad, Sherman, in building a Grandfather’s Clock. Mom, Jeanette, was happy when they completed it because they were building it in her living room. However, she loved it and the clock was able to stay in the living room. Later, he built a Teardrop Travel Trailer in a labor of love for his wife, Tammy.

Bob attended Highland Springs High School (VA) and continued his education at Ferrum College (VA) graduating in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. Bob proudly served his Country as Port Security in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. Bob became a Master Firefighter, serving 30 years with the City of Richmond, VA Fire Department. Not finished with firefighting, he volunteered for five years at Fairystone Volunteer Fire Department. As a member of Pocahontas Bassett Baptist Church, he happily severed as a Deacon and Usher until the trials of Lewy Body Dementia with Parkinson’s began.

Bob’s wife, Tammy; son, Michael and wife Lisa; daughter, Beckie Litchford and husband Charlie; grandchildren, Gunner Lee and Whitley Ervin, ask (during this extra un-ordinary time) that everyone who remembers Bob to celebrate Bob’s life in their own special way. T he family will be holding a private service at the Westhampton Memorial Park’s Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, we hope that you will do an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness for some poor soul in need to honor Bob, so that his love and kindness will live on.

Besides the above mentioned family members, please keep in prayer, Bob’s brothers Dr. William Ervin (Allison), James Ervin (Renee’), sister, Pam Thompson, numerous nephew, nieces, great-nephews and niece, extended family and the host of dedicated friends who have been God’s hands in our lives.

Arrangements are being handled through Collins Funeral Home, 30 Riverside Drive, Bassett, VA 276-629-2515 and other Dignity Memorial Agencies.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Robert Lee Ervin

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Paul Brown

July 31, 2020

May God bless your family and friends, Chaplain Paul Brown The City of Richmond Fire
and Emergency Service

William Rice

July 31, 2020

Bob was a great man and firefighter I not only had the pleasure of working with him at the City of Richmond but also along side him many days when he made the cabinets and book shelves in my home. There has probably never been a man as talented with a bare piece of wood than Bob. I would like to send condolences to Bobs family during this time. God Bless

James Walker

July 30, 2020

I was blessed to work with Bob in the Richmond fire Department and knew he was the kind of man that cared for the people he served in the city of Richmond . he was a dedicated and courageous Firefighter and was the kind of guy that always covered your back. I also had the opportunity to work with Bob and his brother Jimmy on several building projects and learned a lot of skills from them as well as a lot of unpredictable hillarious moments that only those two brothers could come up with. This is not goodbye but only an intermission till i see you again.

Kenny Roberts

July 30, 2020

Bob and I grew up together as next door neighbors. I was 3 years older and when the "big kids" did anything Bob was a kid you never minded tagging along. He was a good kid and grew into a good man. Although I was only able to work with him, directly, for a short time in the Richmond Fire Dept. I saw him work at fires enough to know that he was an excellent and courageous firefighter.

My sympathy and thoughts are with Bob's family and friends. I know you will miss him greatly. He was as nice a guy as I've ever met. Rest in peace Bobby.

Ronald Short

July 30, 2020

Bob, was a good man, it was a pleasure working with him for many years at Station 13, I have a lot of good memories. My sincere condolences to his family.

John Hinant

July 30, 2020

Bob was a great man, father, firefighter and friend. He was a pleasure to work with and always had something going on. He will be truly missed but we will see him later on. God Bless him and his family.

stuart and dana scott

July 28, 2020

we will never forget such a dear friend and fellow fire fighter one of the most pleasant human beings we have ever known

Jessica and Brian Phillips

July 28, 2020

We met Bob at the Fairystone Volunteer Fire Department when he became a member and have fond memories volunteering and helping with country breakfast fundraisers. He helped us by making and installing our kitchen cabinets which are absolutely perfect! We would see him at a few craft shows in the area and so talented in wood working. He also made a beautiful round picture frame for a wall hanging for us also. We appreciate all that he has done for us and will certainly not forget him ever. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. We will truly miss him.


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