JACKSON, S.C. - Mr. Alvin Larke, Sr., age 93, widower of Staretha Larke, of 189 Broome Lane, quietly and peacefully went home to be with the Lord on Monday, February 1, 2016 at NHC, North Augusta, SC. Funeral services will be held 1pm, Friday, February 5, 2016 at Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel, 1255 Druid Park Ave., Augusta, GA. 30901. Mr. Larke will lie in state from 12-1 PM at the Chapel. Burial will follow in the St. Catherine CME Church Cemetery, Jackson, SC. Alvin was preceded in death by his parents, six sisters: Mrs. Irene Paige, Mrs. Rebecca R Gardner, Mrs. Lillie L. Jones, Mrs. Emma L. Rouse, Mrs. Mary L. Chavous, Mrs. Minnie Irvin, Ms. Belle Larke; and five brothers: Calvin Larke Sr., Julius Larke, Jimmie Larke, Albert Larke Sr. (twin); and Goetchus Mays. Alvin Larke Sr. was born on May 3, 1922 in Kathwood Community, Jackson, SC to Henrietta Johnson Larke and Ned Mays. He confessed Christ as his personal savior as a young man and joined and was baptized at St. Catherine C.M.E. Church, Jackson, SC. He remained a faithful member and served as Superintendent of the Sunday School, Chairman of the Steward Board, a member of the choir, and chair of the Stewart and Trustee Rally. He was responsible for many fundraisers including the Pastor's Aid. He was instrumental in the acquisition of the Kathwood Community School. He was educated in the public schools of Aiken County and C.T. Walker Evening School for Veterans in Augusta, GA. He encouraged all of his children to obtain as much education as possible. He enlisted in the United States Army and served for three years, six months and fourteen days. He was a World War II veteran. He was an active member of Taft Lodge #282. Alvin was united in holy matrimony to Staretha Aaron on May 4, 1943 in Aiken, SC. To this union, eight children were born. He was employed at Riverside Mill for over 30 years; Savannah River Plant; King Mill, and was a farmer for many years. The legacy of his season is now left to nine children. Four daughters: Mrs. Shirley (Moses) Johnson - Jackson, SC; Mrs. Emma (Leroy) Glover - North Augusta, SC; Mrs. Elaine (Haywood) Massenburg - Wake Forest, NC; Dr. Teresa (George) Pope - Aiken, SC; Five sons: Rev. Dr. Alvin (Dr. Patricia) Larke Jr. - College Station, Texas; Dr. Charles Larke - Augusta, Ga.; Mr. Johnnie (Barbara) Larke - Hephzibah, Ga.; Mr. George Larke Sr. - North Augusta, SC; and Mr. Warren (Debra) Larke - Jackson, SC; sisters-in-law: Florence A. Maris; Janet (Jimmy) Cofer; Lizzie S. Aaron; Edna D. Aaron and Gladys M. Aaron; a brother-in-law: James Aaron Sr.; a daughter-in-law, Edith F. Larke; Goddaughter: Georgia Larke Lee; "Special Sons": Willie Brown, Rev. Raford Roundtree and Rev. Sam Roundtree; "Special Daughter": Gussie R. Bates; "Special Nephews": Albert Larke Jr., Barney Chavous, and Calvin Jones Sr.; a devoted friend, Ms. Levette Dunbar; twenty five grandchildren; forty-nine great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Paine College National Alumni Association-Augusta Chapter, 1235 Fifteenth Street, Augusta, GA 30901. The procession will leave the residence of his daughter, Shirley (Moses) Johnson, 211 Foreman Road, Jackson, SC, at 11:45 AM. Friends may call at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Emma Larke Glover, 108 Hillside Dr., North Augusta, SC, 29841 or at Jackson-Brooks Funeral Home, 126 Fairfield St. SE, Aiken, SC 29801 at 803-649-6123.
Jackson-Brooks Funeral Home
126 Fairfield Street SE
Aiken, SC 29801
Published in The Augusta Chronicle from Feb. 4 to Feb. 5, 2016