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Obituary – Dr. John T Ervin, Colonel US ARMY, Retired

John T. Ervin, DVM, Colonel, US Army Retired, 87, died on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at South Georgia Medical Center. After retiring from the Army, he worked for several years with Dr. Kenny Mitchell and Dr. Welch Agnew at Pinellas County Animal Services.  He also taught classes at SPC Veterinary Technology program for 17 years.  He was 87 at his death.  He was born in Valdosta on April 1, 1933. Shortly after High School he joined the Navy during the Korean Conflict serving for 4 years. He then attended the University of Georgia for eight years, earning his Bachelor of Science degree and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Dr Ervin joined the U.S. Army in the Veterinary Corp and served his country for 28 years, rising to the rank of Colonel. He served in Germany, Okinawa, and with several US Army  and Naval Bases as an Army Veterinarian. One of his most interesting assignments was serving as staff Veterinarian of Navy Resale Services, as a member of the Inspector General Team which entailed worldwide travel Naval facilities over the globe.
Colonel Ervin received numerous Military awards and decorations, to include, 2 Legions of Merit, and 5 Meritorious Service Medals among others. His hobbies included gardening, fishing, and travel.  He was a life member of both the Association of the US Army and the Veterinary Medical Association, and at one time was a member of the Pigeon Society. A faithful member of Welcome Hill Church of Christ, he had lived in Brooks County most recently to be near his family.

He was also a doppelganger for Kojak (Telly Savalas), getting tons of autograph requests around the world.  He was a wonderful gentleman and will be greatly missed. Funeral services were held on Sunday, February 21, 2021. Condolences may be conveyed online at www.mclanecares.com.