Irvin, Sr. NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Reverend Dr. Nathaniel Irvin, Sr., 87, North Augusta, S.C., passed away Saturday, October 1, 2016. A celebration of his extraordinary life will be held Saturday, October 8, 2016-11:00 a.m. at the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel of Paine College, Augusta, GA. Interment will be held at the Old Storm Branch Baptist Church Cemetery, Beech Island, SC. The family will receive friends Friday, October 7 from 5:30- 7:30 p.m. at the Old Storm Branch Baptist Church. Rev. Irvin was driven by a desire to serve. As pastor, teacher, principal, civil rights and community leader, counselor and friend, he made no distinctions among the needs of people. Throughout his 54 years of pastoring (Greater Mt. Canaan Baptist Church 1959-1980, Augusta, GA; Old Storm Branch Baptist Church 1980-2013, Beech Island, SC), he proudly proclaimed the Grace of Jesus Christ, the power of forgiveness, and the need to love one another. He was a beloved teacher and school administrator, a historian, and an outspoken civil rights leader in the CSRA and beyond. He proudly served this nation as a member of the U.S. Army (1950-1952). He earned the BA and MS degrees from South Carolina State College, and did further study at the University of Kentucky. For his lifetime of religious and community service, and his support of education, he was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Morris College, Sumter, S.C. (1999). Reverend Irvin is survived by his wife, Eugenia (Jean) Johnson Irvin; daughter, Cheryl Elizabeth Irvin, Esq, Houston, TX; two sons, Dr. Thomas L. Irvin, Col-Retired, USA Army, North Augusta, S.C., and Dr. Nathaniel (Chandra Goforth) Irvin II, Louisville, KY; sister, Marie L. Key, North Augusta, S.C.; three grandchildren, Nathaniel Irvin III, Atlanta, Jovian Zayne Irvin, New York, and Roman GianArthur Irvin, Atlanta, GA; brothers and sisters-in-law, many nieces and nephews, godchildren, friends, and dear friends, Roosevelt and Theresa Mealing and Rev. Jacob Trowell. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be made to Paine College, Office of the President, 1235 Fifteenth St., Augusta, GA 30901. G. L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary, 614 West Avenue, North Augusta, S.C. (803) 279-0026.
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Published in The Augusta Chronicle from Oct. 4 to Oct. 7, 2016