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Jonnie Erwin

May 17, 1941 — November 2, 2021


Jonnie Rickett Erwin, 80, passed away peacefully at her home while surrounded by her family on Tuesday, November 2, 2021. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her father and mother-in-law, Frank "Pete" and Bonnie Erwin; her siblings and their spouses, J.B. Rickett, Ruth and Floyd Stancell, Eva Nell and Jack Wilson; her niece, Mary Wilson.
Mrs. Erwin is survived by her husband of fifty-eight years, Terry L. Erwin; her children, Frankie Lane (Amy Carol) Erwin and Susan Denise (Tim) Frix; her grandchildren, Olivia Faith Erwin, Amelia Hope Erwin, Brittany Frix Fairbanks, Cassidy Frix, and Bryson Frix, her sister and brother-in-law, Hilda and Charlie Chadwick; sister-in-law, Norma Rickett; her great grandchildren, Brendlee Fairbanks, Junior Fairbanks, and Willow Fairbanks, her brother-in-law, Tony (Brenda) Erwin; many nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.
Philippians 4:13: 'I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me,' was the life verse of Jonnie Rickett Erwin, who lived by and validated this inspired truth through a life of faithful servitude.
Jonnie was born in Gordon County on May 17, 1941 to John Ervin and Sudie Parker Rickett. She attended Belwood Elementary school and graduated from Calhoun High School in 1960. She went on to study education at Shorter College and Graduated with a bachelor's degree in Religious Education from Covington Theological Seminary. Teaching was her passion, and she shared this love for over 35 years working as an educator at The Old Liberty School, Sonoraville Elementary, and Canaanland Christian School.
She married her high school sweetheart, Terry, on April 14, 1963; she was a faithful and loving wife to him for over 58 years. During this time, she was a devoted and inspiring mother to 2 children, 5 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and countless other people she taught and mentored.
She was a member of the Concord Missionary Baptist Church for over 40 years where she served as organist, Sunday school teacher, missionary correspondent, and mentor through the jail ministry. Jonnie was also an avid writer and Bible scholar producing volumes of Biblical outlines and study notes, as well as publishing a gospel tract entitled, 'Is It Real?' that went on to be instrumental in guiding her son Lane to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Only eternity will tell how many more were influenced through her obedience to the Holy Spirit in writing her personal testimony of Faith in Christ through this gospel tract.
During Jonnie's journey, she was also gifted as a wonderful seamstress, gardener, and baker as well as a wedding coordinator, wedding musician, and skilled cake decorator.
Jonnie loved her family dearly and sacrificed many luxuries to enable those around her to flourish. She loved her Lord and Savior most of all and lived out that commitment to the fullest through Christ's strength.
We will miss you so much, but we'll see you soon.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, November 6, 2021 from noon until 2:00 p.m. at Concord Baptist Church. The funeral will follow the visitation at 2:00 p.m. from Concord Baptist Church. Burial will follow the service in the church cemetery. Brother Randy Sutherland and Brother Isaac Johns will officiate; Brother Bryson Frix will officiate at the graveside. Pallbearers are Brent Erwin, Eric Erwin, Eric West, Clyde Garland, Barry Rickett, Joseph Chadwick, and Jeff Dyer. Her former students will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Flowers are being accepted or donations may be made to the Concord Baptist Church Missionary Fund.
The Brannon family and staff are honored to serve the family of Jonnie Rickett Erwin.


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