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Reverend Dr. McKelvie Christopher Prince Garvin

January 12, 1931 ~ March 3, 2024 (age 93) 93 Years Old

Reverend Dr. McKelvie Garvin Obituary

2 Timothy 4:7 “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith”

Reverend Dr. McKelvie Christopher Garvin, affectionately known as “CP”, was born January 12, 1931, to the late Deacon Adam McClary Garvin and the late Sister Florence Footman Garvin, in Dorchester County, SC.

Dr. Garvin received salvation at an early age.

 He was a graduate 1952 of Memorial High School. He furthered his education at South Carolina State University and received a bachelor’s degree in agriculture. Dr. Garvin went on to obtain a Master’s Degree from University of Brooklyn in 1975. He continued his education by enrolling at New York Theology School obtaining a Bachelors, a second Masters and a PhD.

 Dr. Garvin was a statesman among preachers. He spent his life cultivating and training preachers for ministry. He has authored several books and has read the Bible in its entirety fifty-two times. He has been a teacher, professor, and pastor. Up until he transitioned he held bible study twice a week and was on the radio. Dr. Garvin was noted for being a living epistle being read of men. He wholistically lived the life that he preached about.

“CP” had a congenial attitude and had the ability to electrify a room with his mere presence. He had an uncanny sense of humor and that coupled with his educational background made his preaching and teaching second to none.

He was preceded in death, along with his parents, by three wives and fourteen siblings.

His life’s journey will be treasured by his son, Mendes (Michelle L.) Garvin; stepdaughters Ruth H. (Joseph) Davis and Bernice H. (Nathan) Cunnigham; brothers, Raymond Garvin and Albert Garvin; beloved sister, Fanny Garvin; ten grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends, collaborators of gospels, and students.

On Sunday, March 3, 2024, Dr. Garvin transitioned to be at rest after a brief illness. He will forever be loved, remembered, and cherished. A godly man and a true servant.

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Services

Public Viewing
Friday
March 8, 2024

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Callaham-Hicks Funeral Home
228 North Dean
Spartanburg, SC 29302

Public Viewing
Saturday
March 9, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Mt. Moriah Baptist Church
445 S Church St
Spartanburg, SC 29306

Celebration of Life
Saturday
March 9, 2024

11:00 AM
Mt. Moriah Baptist Church
445 S Church St
Spartanburg, SC 29306

Interment following funeral service
Saturday
March 9, 2024

Mt. Calvary Baptist Church
93 Mount Calvery Church Rd.
Spartanburg, SC 29302

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