Bobby D. Erwin of Hot Springs went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Oct. 20. He was 78.
Born March 23, 1934, in Benton, Bob was a local artist and a Vietnam War veteran. He was a loving husband, father and true patriot. During the course of 25 years, he served in three branches of service – the Army, Navy and Air Force from which he retired in 1977 with the rank of captain. Between services he graduated from Arkansas State University and was in hotel management with Holiday Inns of America in Dallas, Texas.
He moved to Hot Springs in 1981, where he owned and operated art galleries in downtown Hot Springs. Missing military life, he became reemployed with the Department of Defense as a billeting officer (hotel manager). In 1989, he was assigned to Rhein Mein Air Base in Germany during Desert Storm/Shield. At every stage of his life, he won awards and recognition for his achievements.
As a high school athlete in Benton, he made All-State Quarterback in 1951 and USAF Most Valuable Player in the United Kingdom in 1957. He was named to the Benton Athletic Memorial Museum Wall of Fame and won many art awards.
He was predeceased by his parents, Lester R. and Murvin Bowen Erwin; one sister, Lela B. Erwin Hines; and two brothers, C.L. “Bugs” and E.W. “Buddy” Erwin.
He leaves behind his wife, Barbara Horne Erwin; three sons, Robby D. Erwin of Dallas, Texas, Toby Don Erwin and Tony L. Erwin, both of Bryant; two step-daughters, Angela McGuire and husband Casey of Tulsa, Okla., and Kimberly Manning of Hot Springs; four grandchildren, Hannah Manning of Hot Springs, Chris Naegele and Stevie Marshall and husband Ben, all of Tulsa, Okla., and Andrea Dolezal and husband Brian of Hoisington, Kansas; one sister and brother-in-law, Venita and Richard Jacobs of Benton; and many family members and friends who will miss him but rejoice in knowing that he is in the loving arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Ashby Funeral Home.
Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Burial will be at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock.
Full military honors will be provided by the Little Rock Air Force Base Honor Guard.
Online guest book: www.ashbyfuneralhome.com .