Joseph "Ervin" Waters
February 23, 1918  -  April 1, 2019

Joseph "Ervin" Waters

Harper-Talasek Funeral Home Chapel
500 West Barton Ave.
Temple, TX  76501
Friday, April 5, 2019
6 - 8 pm
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Harper-Talasek Funeral Home Chapel
500 West Barton Ave.
Temple, TX  76501
Saturday, April 6, 2019
12 Noon
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Bellwood Memorial Park and Cemetery
8575 Airport Road
Temple, TX  76502
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Funeral Services for Joseph “Ervin” Waters, 101, of Temple, will be held 12:00 PM Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home in Temple. He will be laid to rest at Bellwood Memorial Park following the service. A time of visitation will be held from 6 to 8 PM Friday, April 5, 2019 at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home in Temple.

Mr. Waters passed from this life on Monday, April 1, 2019. Joseph “Ervin” Waters was born February 23, 1918, to John Simpson Waters and Dora Cornelia Ponton in Lee County, Texas. He married the love of his life, Mary Bunner, in June 1959.

Ervin loved to preach the Word of God. He spent his life as a soldier of Christ, where he preached his first sermon at the age of 17. This was the beginning of a career that lasted for more than eight decades. As a Church of Christ preacher, he preached at countless congregations in the U.S. as well as in Russia and Ukraine, establishing over 50 congregations in California alone. Over the years, he addressed Congress on the issue of conscientious objection, served as editor of several religious publications, and hosted a radio show. He also became an accomplished debater on religious issues of the day.

In his early years, as salutatorian of his graduating class at Temple High School, Ervin excelled at public speaking and debate. He was an accomplished athlete, participating in the state playoffs in football and winning state titles in track. His stellar academic success set him on track to attend the University of Texas for a degree in chemical engineering, but his desire for preaching arose and the rest is history.

As an avid reader, lifelong learner, and passionate genealogist, he traced his lineage back to almost the beginning of time.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his siblings, Barton Waters, Willis Waters, Lyngle Waters, Erma Craig, and Hattie Podany.

Those left to honor and cherish his memory are, his wife, Mary Waters; 4 daughters, Ramona Burnett, Sherri Durham and husband Mark, Jayna Ash and husband James, and Susanne Waters; 7 grandchildren, Hanna Ash Stein and husband Niles, Trevor Burnett and wife Brooke, James Ash and wife Kelsey, Preston Burnett, Alexander Durham, Hope Ash, and Katherine Durham; 1 great grandchild, Haven Stein.


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  1. Steve and Melanie HOLT
    Irving, TX

    A Mighty Prince in Spiritual Israel has indeed fallen. He will be missed greatly!

  2. Ted M Warwick
    Wichita Falls, TX

    When I was 15 years old Ervin honored me when he asked if I would travel with him to learn to preach. Following graduation I accepted. Ervin was one of a kind; unique in many ways. He had no equal when he defended the Truth in debate with the best the opposition had to offer. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  3. Dennis & Nancy Smith
    Joplin, MO

    Received word of Ervin's death from Joe and Alice Bunner. I am so filled with memories of long ago. Ervin's touch on my life goes back as far as I can remember. I have been told that as a child I would sing "Land Where Living Waters Flow" as "the land where Ervin Waters goes"! I grieve with you. Dennis

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