Born Oct. 23, 1916, in Essex, Mo., son of the late Charles and Ollie Mae Null Erwin, he was a U.S. veteran, having served in WWII and was awarded two Bronze Stars and Good Conduct Medal. He was a maintenance foreman for Loxcreen Company, a member of the American Legion, a member of the VFW and was of the Pentecostal faith.
Survivors include one daughter, Judy Bowlen and husband, Jerry, of Marshall, Mo.; two sons, David Erwin and wife, Shelia, of Bragg City and Charles Erwin Jr., of Murray, Ky.; two step-sons, Neal Stokely, of Murray, Ky. and Jim Stokely and wife, Debbie, of Kennett; 11 grandchildren, George and Ashley Beatty, Hailea Erwin, Jennifer Hood, Daniell Berry, Melissa Young, Michael, Joe, Jimmy and Jamie Stokely and Misty Voyles and three great-grandchildren, Heath and Hunter Hood and Kaitlyn Stokely.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27, at the John W. German Funeral Home Chapel in Hayti, Mo. with Brother Earl Martin officiating.
Burial with full military honors was held at the Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Kennett.