IN LOVING MEMORY OF OUR FATHER
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We are grateful for the life of our dad, Ernest Lee Garvin. Dad was born to the late Delia Garvin Lowry Easer on Oct. 15, 1922, in York County, S.C. He was reared by his grandparents, the late Thomas and Mamie Anderson Garvin. He served God, his family, county and community faithfully. He attended and graduated from Jefferson High School in York, S.C. After graduating, he enlisted in the United States Ar-my, serving in World War II and achieving rank of sergeant. Upon completing military service, he worked 25 years with the United States Postal Service.
In July 1933, dad was married to the late Marie Meeks Garvin. From this union, four children were born, one daughter and three sons. He loved his family and served as the foundation of hard work, suc-cess and commitment to Christ. He reminded us to trust God daily and to be grateful for God's many blessings. In November 1995, he married Margaret Kennedy Wilson and welcomed her daughters into his family and heart.
Dad instilled in our family three tenets: the values of a good reputation, honest character and ethical principles. He was the proud founder and owner of Garvin's Professional Cleaning Service. His faithful-ness to God allowed his business to expand across Gaston and Mecklenburg counties, providing clean-ing services to residential, industrial, and commercial customers.
Dad was a committed member of Langrum Baptist Church in York, S.C. until he relocated to Gastonia and joined Tabernacle Baptist Church where he was a faithful and charter member. He was active until declining health left him homebound. He was a deacon and usher, and member of the Brotherhood and Pastors Aide ministry, and a regular participant of Sunday school. He was also a devoted member of the Gaston County chapter of the NAACP, the Moloch Elk Lodge number 48 and the American Legion.
Surrounded by his loved ones, God called our family patriarch home on June 1, 2014. He is preceded in death by his eldest son, Columbus Thomas Garvin and his brothers, Columbus T. Lowry and James Cooledge Lowry. He leaves to mourn him his wife, Margaret Wilson Garvin; daughters, Ernestine Garvin Davis (Irvin) and Kimberly Garvin McGill; sons, James C. Garvin, Horace E. Garvin and Timothy Stewart (Lois) stepdaughters, Angela Wilson Barber and Zsa-Zsa Wilson; many grand and great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
We will remember him and always be comforted by his words of wisdom, "I am thankful."
Published in Gaston Gazette on June 15, 2014