OBITUARY

JoAnn Mitchell Ervin

October 3, 1947June 13, 2021
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COLUMBIA JoAnn Mitchell Ervin, died Sunday, June 13 2021, in Columbia S.C. Born October 3, 1947 in Columbia, she was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Capers Mitchell, of Columbia. JoAnn is survived by her beloved husband of 50 years John Witherspoon Ervin Sr.; her daughter, Joslyn Rose Ervin of Charleston S.C.; her son, John Witherspoon Ervin Jr. of Auckland New Zealand; her grandchildren, Bonner Michael Otis, Mitchell Rose Otis and Orence Ervin Mahr-Batuz; her siblings, Patsy RaeTweedy and Joseph Capers Mitchell Jr. JoAnn, also known as “Ha-Ha”, was the epitome of a lady and grace in all that she did. She loved and protected her family fiercely. She was a passionately devoted daughter, mother and wife. Wherever she went, she was a beacon of light, shining her kindness and love to all whom she touched. She appreciated beauty in every sense of the word, inside and out. She was beauty inside and out. JoAnn loved her life and lived it to the fullest. She spent much of her youth in Ocean Drive. Undoubtedly, her fondest memories will forever be at “The Beach”. She was a legendary shagger, even being inducted into the South Carolina Shag Hall of Fame. The beach fed her soul, eventually leading her to raise her children in Pawleys Island, S.C. JoAnn will forever leave an imprint on the souls and hearts of each and every person who knew her. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, June 17, 2021, at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, Columbia, with visitation immediately following the service. There will be graveside burial for family and friends at 1:00 p.m. Friday, June 18, 2021 at Indiantown Presbyterian Church, Indiantown S.C. Memorials may be made to the Susan B. Komen Foundation, 13770 Noel Road, Suite 801889, Dallas, TX 75380. Memories may be shared at www.dunbarfunerals.com.

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, June 17, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, June 18, 2021

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Cyndy Raymond

June 19, 2021

She was the epitome of beauty and grace, the perfect lady. Rest in peace sweet lady.
My condolences to the family who will miss her greatly.

Lynsey Jordan

June 16, 2021

What a beautiful and infectious lady. JoAnn had a gift of making every person feel as they were the most important person in the world. I have so many wonderful memories of being in her presence and heard so many stories from her daughter Joslyn. Fly free JoAnn, we will miss you greatly.

Diane Mills

June 15, 2021

My sympathy fir JoAnn’s family. I have fond memories of when she worked at the beach and saw her again a few years back. She was still smiling, having fun, and pretty.

Jane Henson

June 15, 2021

I was shocked & saddened to learn of JoAnn's passing! We go back a long, long way! I met her through some other shagging friends! She was always a lady & good friend! We will all miss her! She is probably learning some new dance steps in heaven! RIP, JoAnn!

Carol Tucker

June 15, 2021

John do you remember when you and JoAnn lived in the house next to Mother and Daddy and invited us to supper? JoAnn spent a lot of time fixing a roast that smelled so good! When she took it out of the oven she dropped it on the floor and she said oh well and put it back in the oven for a few minutes and we ate it!! It was so good and we laughed and laughed about our wonderful dinner with you and JoAnn. I will really miss JoAnn and her laughter. She always brought so much joy into my life. I love you John, John Jr. and Joslyn.

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