Huntsville TV Reporter From Signal Mountain Dies Unexpectedly At 22

Saturday, August 10, 2019
Ivy Snow Ervin
Ivy Snow Ervin

A Huntsville, Ala., TV reporter from Signal Mountain died unexpectedly on Saturday. Ivy Snow Ervin was 22.

She was remembered on the website of WHNT News 19: "It's with heavy hearts that we tell you about the death of a coworker and friend - Ivy, one of our incredibly talented reporters at WHNT News 19 - suddenly died. She was just 22 years old.

"You've seen Ivy here since January, sharing stories about community events, police investigations, new state laws and so many more. We are so blessed to have worked with her and gotten to know her.Ivy had a wonderful heart, great humor and a passion that came through in her life and work. We mourn her loss, but will never forget her kind spirit.

WHNT News 19 General Manager Stan Pylant said, “We’re heart-broken to hear this news.  She had much more of her life to live and leaves us way too soon. Ivy was a rising star and hard-working journalist.  Our hearts go out to her family, friends and colleagues. We’re hurting and we are missing her greatly.

Paul Caron, WHNT News 19 news director, said, “Ivy was starting to live her dream - to tell people’s stories, and have her journalism make a difference for those who needed her help. She lit up the newsroom with her smile and was admired greatly by all of her colleagues.  We’re all stunned and saddened."

Jerry Hayes, WHNT anchor, said on his Facebook page that she "died in her sleep this morning."

She was born Aug. 4, 1997 in Chattanooga and was a 2015 graduate of Signal Mountain High School, where she was a cheerleader from 6th-12th grade.  She also cheered for Integrity Elite Cheer Team.  She was also a winner of the Tennessee D.A.R.E Contest. 

She graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Information Sciences Degree from the University of Alabama in 2018.  While at Alabama, she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority and was the founder of the Rotaract Club.

Ms. Ervin interned for WTVC News Channel 9 the summer of 2017 and went on to work for WVUA Channel 23 in Tuscaloosa, Ala., before joining WHNT.

Survivors include her mother, Sharon Germ Ervin of Signal Mountain; father, David Ervin of Mountain City, Tn.; sister, Winter Ervin of Signal Mountain; grandparents, John and Judy Germ of Soddy Daisy; boyfriend, Forrest Petty of Huntsville; aunts and uncles, Steve (Laura) Germ of Rock Spring, GA, Greg (Debbie) Germ of Soddy Daisy, Jeff (Aimee) Germ of Hixson, Eddie (Angela) Ervin of Hixson, and JoAnn Ervin of Chattanooga; and several cousins.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. at the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home. Funeral services will begin at 6 p.m. in the North Chapel with Belinda Martin, Mike Royer, and Dr. Fred Steelman officiating.  Burial will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ashton Kutcher’s Sex Trafficking Prevention, THORN atwww.thorn.org; or the American Diabetes Association at www.donations.diabetes.org. 

Arrangements are by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson.


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