Ervin Junior Standridge, aged 59, of Dover, Arkansas, passed away on Monday, December 11, 2023, at his residence in Dover.
Junior was preceded in death by his parents, Ervin and Evelyn Standridge; his wife Brenda Standridge; his grandson Easton Cole Bring; his granddaughter Madelyn Alyse Standridge; his brother Paul Standridge; and his sisters Shirley Freeman and Ruth Hudspeth.
Junior is survived by his daughters Jayla (Matt) Ritchie of Knoxville; Jara (Kade) Bring of Dover; Jaden (Ruben) Standridge of Clarksville; his sons Jace Standridge of Dardanelle and Josh (Casey) Standridge of Hector. He is also survived by numerous grandchildren whom he adored: Kaden, Greyson, Maverick, Sawyer, Samson, Juniper, Maddy, Ruby, Willa and Baby Girl Ritchie who is due to arrive in March.
In addition to his children and grandchildren, Ervin is survived by his sisters Georgia Henson, Lois Riley, and Carolyn (Floyd) Humphrey; and his brothers James "Pete" Hudspeth and Lindon (Terrie) Standridge. He also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews.
Junior was a true country boy who embodied hard work. He began working as a power line cutter in the mountains just after completing the 8th grade. He later found employment at Tyson in Clarksville where he worked as a Maintenance man for over 25 years. Junior took great pride in all of his children's accomplishments and found immense joy in the presence of his beloved grandchildren. They always brought a smile to his face.
In his free time, Junior enjoyed hunting, raising animals, farming, fishing, and mowing the lawn. One of his favorite pastimes was playing baseball with his grandkids. He also took pleasure in persimmon slinging, shooting guns, and camping. The creek near his house was a special place for him, and he would often be found there with his hounds and a .22 by his side. Ervin had a green thumb and excelled at gardening, particularly growing tomatoes. Cooking over an open fire during camping trips brought him great delight.
Junior went without in order for his children to have what they needed. Even as his children became adults, he continued to ensure that they were fed before he ate himself. He was not only a caring father but also a doting grandfather.
In 2017, Junior gave his life to the Lord and accepted Jesus Christ as his savior. Although he may not have been a perfect example of a Christian, he found comfort in his faith. Junior believed in living modestly and cherished the mountains where he was born and raised.
Junior lived life on his own terms, often stating that he was born in those mountains and would die there. His wish was granted as he passed away at home surrounded by the land and hills he held dear. While we all wish it could have been later rather than sooner, we find solace in knowing that Junior went out on his own terms.
The family will receive friends 10AM Saturday December 23, 2023 until service time. A Celebration of Life service will begin at 11AM Saturday at Pleasant Grove Assembly of God.
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Russellville Family Funeral Home.