This Darlington, S.C., native came to Augusta's Paine College in 1929 as business manager. He held that position until his death in 1964. His many accomplishments included being the first black elected to public office in Georgia since Reconstruction in 1951 as the first black member of the Richmond County Board of Education. He also became the first black scoutmaster in Georgia heading up Troop 20 in Augusta. He was the first black member of the Richmond County Tuberculosis Association, served on the Augusta USO board of directors throughout World War II and was chairman of the 10th Congressional District of the Georgia Republican Party. Georgia Gov. Marvin Griffin in 1955 sent Ervin with eight other black men and 21 white men to Washington, D.C., to represent Georgia at a White House conference on education.