Charlie Garrett Cave

Born: Sun., Sep. 18, 1927
Died: Fri., Jan. 13, 2017


Visitation

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Mon., Jan. 16, 2017
Location: B. F. Cave Funeral Chapel


Funeral Service

1:00 PM Tue., Jan. 17, 2017
Location: Union United Methodist Church Cemetery


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Mr. Charlie G. Cave, age 89, departed this earthly realm in Beaufort, South Carolina, where his soul took peaceful flight to meet his God and Creator in that bright, celestial world and to rejoice forevermore around God’s Throne. 

Charlie Garrett was born the youngest of four siblings to the late Mr. Lucious Cave and Mrs. Rosa Mixon Cave in Old Barnwell County, SC.  He received his early formal education in the public schools of Allendale County, SC.  At an early age, he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and remained an active and lifelong member of the Union United Methodist Church in Kline, SC.  From his beloved parents and very first role models, he learned the value and importance of godly character, love of family, strong work ethics, discipline, education and service to others.

In August 1956, Mr. Cave was united in holy matrimony to the former Verdell Ella Reddish of Blackville, SC, and to this union, his two beloved sons were born:  Michael Garrett Cave and Carlos Vergil Cave.  They were happily married for 26 years before Mrs. Cave’s untimely death in July 1982. 

In later years, he was preceded in death by his parents, his two sisters, his brother and his firstborn son, Michael Garrett.

In July 1985, Mr. Cave was united in holy matrimony to Mamie Holly Townsend, a native of Barnwell County.  They were happily married for nearly 32 years until his death, and from this union, he inherited three loving, young adult daughters:  Sherrell, Lisa and Jennifer.

As an adult, Mr. Cave farmed in Old Barnwell County but later pursued small business interests in Allendale, ranging from a mechanic’s garage to real estate ventures.  For a number of years, he was also one of the lead singers with the local gospel quintet known as The Friendly Five.  He and his first wife, the late Mrs. Verdell R. Cave, established the Cave Funeral Services of Allendale in 1960. And, in 1966, they opened a funeral home in Ehrhardt, SC to serve residents of Bamberg County.

Ever the civic-minded, progressive and concerned citizen, Mr. Cave believed fiercely in the enrichment, support and uplift of local youth, which led him to run for and win a seat on the local Allendale County School Board of Trustees—a position that he held with distinction for 42 years from 1970 to 2012.  He also served faithfully as a member of the Allendale Masonic Lodge #53, the local Allendale County Chapter of the National Association of Colored People (NAACP) and other civic organizations.

Mr. Cave is survived by his wife of the home, Mrs. Mamie H. Townsend Cave; four children:  Carlos V. Cave, Sr. (Shirley) of Bluffton, SC; Sherrell Y. Lane of New York; Lisa A. Townsend of Virginia; Jennifer M. Norfleet (Doug) of Virginia; nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; six godchildren; four sisters-in-law: Onetha Holly, Dorothy Kirby, Alpha Anderson and Eliza Cave; two brothers-in-law:  Ben Holly (Elizabeth) and Julius Green (Rosalyn); a faithful cousin and caregiver, Marie Hankerson; a beloved cousin and employee,  Bernard Brown; as well as other beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, friends, and colleagues.

 

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Diane Palm
   Posted Sat January 14, 2017
My condolences and prayers to all family members.

Linda Leath Brown
   Posted Sat January 14, 2017
Mamie Nell and Carlos,
Much sympathies and love from my family to yours.
Sleep in peace, Cousin Garrett

mary ford
   Posted Sat January 14, 2017

GARDEN PATH was sent by Mary Koon Ford.

With Deepest Sympathy from the children of Lovell Mixson Koon: Mary K. Ford, David Koon, and Marvin Koon Rest In Peace Cousin


Etosha Cave
   Posted Sat January 14, 2017
Rest in peace Uncle G. I will always remember you leading the men's choir in; Hold up the Light all ye Heaven Bound Soldiers.

Pastor Wayne G. and Sister Velma M. Carter and the Mt. Olive Baptist Church Family - Walterboro, South Carolina
   Posted Sat January 14, 2017
Our expressions of sympathy is extended to Mrs. Mamie Cave, Carlos, and the entire Cave Family, during your loss of a wonderful man.

Our hearts are heavy, as, we will miss Mr. Cave's words of wisdom and loving conversations, but will keep them close in our heart.


Rev. & Mrs. Joseph Abram,Jr
   Posted Mon January 16, 2017
our heartfelt sympathy to sis.Mamie , Carlos & family in the lost of your love one. God is able to see you through. Pastor & Mrs. Abram

Myrtle Grahameded help
   Posted Mon January 16, 2017
We lay to rest an Icon of Allendale; a man that touched so many family lives.
He was a go to person if you needed help. He will be truly missed and always
remembered as a leader ,father, friend and cousin. May he R I P . In Loving Memory Celestine Cave Graham and Family.

James W. Creech and Family
   Posted Mon January 16, 2017
My family and I want to extend our condolences to the Cave Family during your time of loss. The memories of Cousin Garrett will always have a special place in our hearts. I was especially blessed over 45 years ago, when he had enough belief in me to give me a car loan for my first car while attending Voorhees College. May God give you all the comfort you need during your time of loss and continue to bless you all for years to come.

Love,
Cousin James and Ernestine Creech and Family
Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Betty Strudwick
   Posted Mon January 16, 2017
Thinking of you during your time of sorrow.

Fidelity Chapter No. 40 Order of the Eastern Star
   Posted Mon January 16, 2017
The officers and members of Fidelity Chapter No. 40 Order of the Eastern Star extend our sincerest condolences to Sister Mamie Cave on the death of your husband. We further extend condolences to the entire Cave family including Sister Valerie Cave, Sister Eliza Cave, and Sister Clara Coath. Brother Cave will truly be missed. May God continue to be a light to all of you at this difficult time and grant you an unwavering strength and an everlasting peace.

Sister Althea Carter, Worthy Matron
Brother John Chaney, Worthy Patron

BERNARD COHEN
   Posted Tue January 17, 2017
MAY THE GOOD LORD KEEP THE CAVE FAMILY AS THE APPLE OF HIS EYES ALWAYS. MR. CAVE WAS A BLESSING TO ME,FOR WHEN I WAS OUT OF WORK HE GAVE ME
A JOB. HE WAS A KIND AND HUMBLE MAN, THERE WAS A QUITNESS ABOUT HIM A CALMNESS I SHALL ALWAYS REMEMBER HOW HE LOOK OUT FOR ME. GOD BLESS YOU MR. CAVE REST IN PEACE.PASTOR BERNARD COHEN. ( A.K.A. BOO BOO) HE SAID BOO BOO COME ON I HAVE WORK FOR YOU.THANK YOU FOR YOUR LOVE AND KINDNESS MR.CAVE.

DeVOE FAMILY
   Posted Tue January 17, 2017
The family of the late Rhodel and Daisy DeVoe join many in praying your strength and unwavering faithfulness. Another compassionate patriarch has answered God's call. We love you.

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