History Groves - Lucille Ervin

Lucille Ervin, resident of Durham since the 1930s, was born and reared in South Carolina. She moved to Durham with her first husband, who died from tuberculosis, and remained to marry her second husband, Alonzo Ervin, who also passed away too young. Throughout her long life she has been a stalwart member of her family, raising a foster daughter and caring for a widowed aunt; her Durham community, including during her long employment in the Duke Hospital Pathology Department;  and her church, St. Mark AME Zion. She has served as a Deaconess at St. Mark, as well as Missionary and a member of the Neighborhood Benevolent Club, the Senior Citizens Circle and the White Rose Circle, for whom she still hosts meetings in her home.  Widely regarded for her deep faith and loving spirit, she can find the positive in her impoverished childhood and life of struggle.  Lucille Ervin is a beloved member of her church family, generous with her attention and affection — but not, she admits, her pound cake recipe.