Bits & Pieces


Recent Births


Tyler Prentice Lilly was born September 26, 2005 in Murray, Calloway County, Kentucky. He came into the world weighing a healthy eight pounds and five ounces. Parents are Michael “Mitch” Prentice Lilly and Rebecca “Becca” Carson Lilly of rural Calloway County. Mitch is a partner with his father Larry in Lilly’s Body Shop in Murray, and Becca is a third-year student at Murray State University. Both sets of grandparents live in Calloway County, as do Rob and Wanda Erwin, the proud great-grandparents. Tyler is also a third great-grandson of Joseph Lafayette Erwin, and a 26th great-grandson of Sir William de Irwyn, Laird of Drum.      -Reported by Wanda Erwin




Lillian “Lillie” Grace Roy celebrated her first birthday recently with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. She received tons of gifts, but her favorite was a little rocking horse. She took a special delight in her birthday cake, and was promptly covered with it from head to toe (the editor elected to omit that picture).

Lillie was born November 20, 2004 in Wichita, KS to Christopher and Marci (Diehl) Roy. Grandparents are Lloyd and Cheryl Ann (Erwin) Roy. Cheryl Ann is the daughter of Robert Parker and Vilma Jean (McGill) Erwin of Wichita.

                                               Reported by Vilma Erwin





Tex, Ruth & Alf

Ruth Erwin spent five days in November in Deland, Florida with her brother Alf Hansen and his wife Norma. Alf is a young eighty-eight, and a retiree of the U.S. Navy. It was only four years ago that Ruth “found” Alf. That is another story, an incredible one, and was reported in the March 2002 issue of The Bagpiper

While there she was able to meet, for the first time, first cousin Harvey L. "Tex" Hansen, 81, and his wife Lillian who currently live nearby. It was a moving experience for all, and many tears were shed. It is near-impossible to fill a decades-old void in just a few hours. All pledged to meet again next year.

                                                                                                                   Reported by Ruth Erwin



Scott Erwin

 The December 2004 issue of the Bagpiper  included a reprinted article from the Richmond, Virginia Times-Dispatch that described Scott Erwin’s service in Irag (currently a senior at the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia).

He subsequently received the Defense of Freedom award—the civilian equivalent of the Purple Heart—for the wounds he received June 2, 2004 when his convoy was ambushed while he was working as a volunteer for the Coalition Provisional Authority.

Ambassador L. Paul Bremer III, the former civil administrator in Irag, presented the medal in a special ceremony at the Pentagon. A personal profile of Scott, as well as a description of the presentation ceremony, can be found on the Internet at:

And finally... Vilma Erwin, of Wichita, Kansas, Scott’s grandmother, reports that he has received a Rhodes scholarship. Starting this fall he will attend Oxford University for two years.  Go Scott!!




Buren Franklin Erwin


Funeral services were held for Buren Erwin November 2, 2005, at 2PM in the chapel of the Imes-Miller Funeral Home in Murray, Kentucky.  The Rev. Bob Saywell officiated.

Pallbearers were Jonathan Vance, Michael Phillips, Nathan Dodd, Barry Dunn, and Kieran, Devin, Ryan and Brendan Erwin. Burial followed in the South Pleasant Grove Cemetery at Crossland, Kentucky.  

Mr. Erwin, 80, of rural Hazel, Kentucky, died Monday, Oct. 31, 2005, at his home.

A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, he served in Okinawa and the Palaua Islands from 1943-1946 during World War II.  He was a member of South Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church.

Two sisters, Ople Turbyfill and Ilee Wisehart, both preceded him in death.  Born June 14, 1925, in Calloway County, he was the son of  Duncan Kelly Erwin (1880-1970) and Amanda Odie Outland Erwin (1888-1974).

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Betty Jo Lax Erwin, to whom he was married Nov. 13, 1947; four daughters,  Jennifer Erwin, Louisville, Mrs. Debbie Dodd and husband, Billy, and Mrs. Krista Fristoe and husband, Linn, all of Murray, and Mrs. Lynn Rowland and husband, Rick, Indiana; two sons, David Erwin and wife, Fina, Guam, and Stephen Erwin and wife, Patti, Illinois; one sister, Mrs. Esther Morton, Murray; one brother, Theron Erwin and wife, Rachel, Brewers; eight grandchildren, Kelita Dunn, Jonathan Vance, Nathan Dodd, Courtney Rowland, Karlee Rowland, Rebecca Erwin, Timmy Erwin and Stacie Ayala; 11 great-grandchildren, Adam Dunn, Devin and Christian Erwin, Cole, Chandler and Chloe Dodd, Kyle, Alex, Alu and Quinn Erwin and Zoe Ayala.   

                                                                                                             -Reported by Wanda Erwin


The Bits & Pieces column is intended to be a bulletin board for our extended family. The list of items on it is often short, not—it is suspected—because the list of family events was short, but because the Bagpiper editor was not informed of various family happenings. This newsletter is purely for the benefit of our extended family. It needs the participation of everyone to make it interesting and informative. Please...remember to inform your newsletter of births, deaths, graduations, marriages, special events, etc., etc.                                                                                                                          -Editor