Ervin Nelson

August 6, 1935 ~ January 16, 2024 (age 88) 88 Years Old

Ervin Nelson Obituary

Ervin William (EW) Nelson, 88, passed away January 16, 2024. Ervin was born August 8, 1935 in Tatum, TX to the late Webb Nelson Sr. and Elnora Vance Nelson.

He was the 5th born of 6 children. He graduated from Mayflower High School.

He dedicated his life to Christ at an early age becoming a member of Springfield C.M.E. Church, where he wore many hats and serving as Deacon until recently health decline. He loved serving God and his community serving a Mayor Pro-Tem for the City of Tatum, TX for 40 years.

Ervin worked for Resistol Hat Factory for many years before becoming employed at Texas Eastman Chemical Company where he later retired after 24 years.

Ervin married the late Vallie Murel Nelson where 4 children were born from this union. He would go on to marry Jessie Hopson.

He loved spending time with family and brought so much joy and laughter with jokes and silly banter. He never met a stranger and the most loving and kindest person one could know.

Ervin was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Webb Nelson Jr., Maurice Nelson, Virgil Nelson, Dorsay Nelson, sister Laura Trimble, daughter Ursula Hopson Davis and granddaughter  Unjanatae Hopson.

Ervin leaves to cherish his memory: his wife, Jessie Nelson; children, Sheilda (Artimonthy) Sammons of Tatum, TX, Eva Isaac of Mesquite, TX, Calvin Nelson of Austin, TX, Tracie Nelson (Anetra)  Nelson of Tatum, TX, Willie (Wonder) Hopson Jr. of Longview, TX; 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and a host of sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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Open Viewing
January 26, 2024

1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Craig Funeral Home
2001 S. Green Street
Longview, TX 75602

Funeral Service
January 27, 2024

2:30 PM
Original Zion Hill Baptist Church
14165 HWY 149
Tatum, TX 75691


Friendship Memorial Gardens
15210 Highway 43 E.
Tatum, TX 75691


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