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Samuel David ERWIN

March 17, 1951August 24, 2020

Samuel David ERWIN, age 69, of Old Hickory, Tennessee passed away on Monday, August 24, 2020. David was born March 17, 1951.

David's passion in life was for his music. He was a songwriter, producer and artist. An avid sports fan, he loved the South Carolina Gamecocks and Tennessee Titans. He also loved rescuing dogs.

Preceded in death by wife Beverly Erwin.

Survived by Daughters Dava (Jason) Smith and Ashley (Keith) Fly. Grandchildren Jacob Smith, Kyndle Fly, Carson Fly and Sarah Smith. Brother Tommy (Marie) Erwin. Nephew Lucas Erwin.

Celebration of life will be held at a later date.

In Lieu of flowers make donations to Old Friend Sr. Dog Sanctuary 12110 Lebanon Road Mt Juliet TN or Mt Juliet Animal Shelter 115 Industrial Drive Mt Juliet TN.

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Samuel David ERWIN

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Mary Atcheson

September 20, 2020

Samuel "David" Erwin was a huge part of our Adult Bible Study on Sunday morning at GC Church. As we resume our class today, our 1st since the shutdown, my heart is sad that we won't benefit from his knowledge, research, input and sharing of God's word. We'll miss your great talent, your love for the Lord and His word and the songs you sang for us... "Rest" assured David that you will be with us today, in our hearts and for many days to come because of all the memories you left us to cherish. Soar with the Angel's and your precious wife Beverly for we know for certain you have joined her and His heavenly choir, and in this we find peace.

Bob Davis

August 29, 2020

Prayers of comfort for all of David's family and close friends. May God hold you all in His care as you celebrate David's life. I appreciated my friendship with him as a classmate and pal. Good baseball player, we played games on opposing teams in Pony League. He became so passionate with the newest rock music and would even stay home to practice guitar during school, lol. I loved rock also and was so fortunate to see him perform locally often at outside venues. The band could really crank the CTA numbers.
Blessings to you all. I miss David and Beverly and all our friends.

James Hardee

August 29, 2020

I join with so many who were heartbroken to hear of David’s death. I’m praying for God’s tender care of his family through their grief remembering from Psalm 30: 5b: “Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” The “morning” is our future reunion with David.
I’ve known David and Beverly for so long, starting at Airport High School in the 60’s through our occasional phone conversations in more recent times. After we both became Christians, our conversations would always migrate to a discussion of our thoughts about the end times and share with great anticipation the future joy of Christ’s return. 2 Timothy 4:8 teaches that “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing.”
I’ve learned so much from David, especially as an artist and musician. Our friendship was one of my great blessings. We will miss him so.

john geddings

August 29, 2020

Erwin Family,

David and I graduated together from Airport High School in 1969
Also he was my friend through HS and we shared some great times together. We shared many good times at Myrtle Beach together.
Beverly (Peagler) Erwin graduated with us also. She was a wonderful person.
We all loved to go see David and his band during that time. He was a great musician. He will be missed by all of us.
GOD Bless all of you and know I'll never forget him.

Petey Williamson

August 27, 2020

David was a simple man doing what he loved to do. I remember going to here him play at different places around Columbia and was amazed at his ability to make music. To me he was quiet and a little shy but carried a real confidence in his ability to make music. He and Beverly were the perfect couple in high school. And now David is among the Angles in heaven with our Lord Jesus Christ doing what he does best. I hope David meets me at the gates of heaven playing some entrance music to welcome me in.

Marion Shaw

August 27, 2020

Dava & Ashley,
I grew up with your father. Our backyards joined and we spent MANY days as young boys playing football, basketball, all other sports in our backyards. David had the best basketball goal in the neighborhood. I remember when he got his first guitar. He began with acoustical guitar, later added a electronic "pick -up," to that guitar himself and had his first "electric," guitar. From that on it was on! I called him "guitar man," every time I saw him until we left Airport High.
Even though we had not seen each other in years, when I learned of his death yesterday I have spent many hours reliving those days as young boys and the great times we had. I know you will miss him and I will too.
As a added memory; your grandmother Erwin: ALWAYS had the best homemade goodies each Halloween. When I started my night of trick or treat I always crossed the fence and started at the Erwin home.
God bless you girls and know your parents were a huge part of my life growing up but they are together again in Paradise.

Ms. Lin McKenney

August 26, 2020

Always remember David and his music. When he and Beverly were living next door to my brother...and Dava was a baby. Truly, Beverly and David are reunited. Beverly was one of my closest friends. Peace to all the family.

Robbie Robinson

August 26, 2020

I knew David thru my connection with brother Tommy. I will always remember when got his first guitar, sitting on his Mom’s front porch, just figuring out how and what to play. Over the years, I watched in awe as David quickly an amazing musician. We often crossed paths musically and was not surprised when he moved to Nashville. The success that followed David was more than well deserved. He earned his “stripes” and as we fellow players said, “ He paid his dues” . God blessed him with an accomplished career, a loving wife and children and grandchildren.
I can only offer my condolences to his family. He will be sorely missed by so many. RIP my friend.

Jimmy Eldridge

August 26, 2020

When I first met David in 1969 in Columbia, SC, I was stunned by his mastery of any rock music genre. When I reached out to David for him for advice he didn’t hesitate one second. He was not just instrumental in helping my son Jon Eldridge relocate to Nashville two years ago, he made it happen. David was a devoted Christian. My son was a stranger and David took him in, fed him, provided shelter, a bed, transportation and helped him learn his way around Nashville by introducing him to all his friends and contacts. My son, and I as a father, are truly in his debt. May he Rest In Peace and his spirit reap the joys of eternal life with his Heavenly Father.

One of my favorite memories is a rare Saturday night when my group Freedom didn’t have a gig. We went to a local club called The Scene on Taylor Street here in Columbia to see Wildfire. They opened with David playing an extended guitar solo just David working his magic. The solo lasted at least two minutes and ended with a long sustained feedback loop. Then he looked up and with his guitar still in full sustain Wildfire kicked off with Listen by Chicago. Blew my mind. I can still see and hear that night. He was a true gift to all he mentored.

Jimmy Eldridge
Columbia, S.C.

Makky Kaylor

August 26, 2020

David was truly a light in this world and will greatly missed. I loved making music with this gifted man for many years. I’m so glad we could reconnect recently. God bless his daughters he loved so much.
Heaven has gained a fine man and the music has gotten sweeter.


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