Barbara McKelvey, the daughter of Sadie Huggins and the late Soloman Brown, was born on September 2, 1953 in St. Stephen, South Carolina. On Tuesday, July 23, 2019, God in his infinite wisdom called Barbara home to rest eternally. Barbara was raised in a Christian home and attended St. Stephen Baptist Church where she was baptized. Barbara was a 1971 graduate of St. Stephen High School. 

After graduating High School, Barbara married the late Jonathan E. McKelvey in St. Stephen South Carolina. They entered Holy Matrimony on February 19, 1972. From that union came three children, Tonya, Dene, and Joey. Barbara worked for the United States Air Force Base Exchange for many years as well as for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina until her retirement in 2010. Barbara was also a dedicated volunteer at Helping Hand of Myrtle Beach. She was a dynamic songstress and an avid seamstress. Barbara’s soul stirring voice touched and changed many lives. In 1989 she became a member of Sandy Grove Baptist Church where she held positions in many ministries. Her most profound work was during her tenure with the Youth Ministry.

Barbara was married to the late Jonathan E. McKelvey until his death in 2013. She was a family-oriented woman who was blessed with a great sense of humor and had the ability to make anyone she encountered smile, laugh, sing along with her, and believe in themselves. Throughout her life she touched many people with her encouraging spirit.  She will be remembered for her warm heart, anointed voice, and compassion towards others. 

Barbara was preceded in death by: her husband Jonathan E. McKelvey; father, Soloman Brown;  father-in-Law, Edward Sumter; sister, Sandra “Mumbo” Huggins; brothers, Eldridge “Dee Dee” Huggins and Ricky Huggins; sister-in-Law, Bonita “Bernie” Stephens.

Those left to cherish her memory include her mother, Sadie Huggins, Mother-in-Law, Willie Mae Sumter;  three children, Tonya (Durward) White of Houston, TX, Na’Dene (Clinton) Horry of Summerville, SC and Joey ( Andrea) McKelvey of Atlanta, GA; nine grandchildren, Devan Smith, Kobe McKelvey, Tyra White, Jaden McKelvey , Trinity White, Xaviar Horry, Donovan White, Greison McKelvey and Madison Horry; sisters, Sharon (James) Jenkins of St. Stephen, SC, Zelda Huggins of Hoboken, NJ; brother, Wilbur (Valencia) Huggins of Hoboken, NJ; sister, Annette (Richard) Wright of Hoboken, NJ, Pam Huggins of Hoboken, NJ; brothers, Sidney Huggins of St. Stephen, SC and Donnie (Missy) Huggins of Hoboken, NJ.  sisters-in-Law, Beverly Jefferson of St. Stephen, SC, Donna Johnson of Detroit, MI, Alfreda Pinckney of Raleigh, NC; brother-in-Law, Alfred Pinckney of Mequon, WI, sister-In-Law, Felicia (Matt) Bryant of Pineville, SC; Aunts, Ruth Mouzon, and Azalea (Francis) President both of St. Stephen, SC, Anna Mae Joynes of Philadelphia, PA, Earlene Squire of Bronx, New York; Uncle, George Squire, Philadelphia, PA;  Aunts-in-Law, Celia Gourdine, Naomi McKelvey and Sulie McKelvey all of St. Stephen, SC ; Four God-Children, Deon Paige, Alaina Young, Danielle Lewis and Yessence Lewis; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Friday, August 2, 2019 at Sandy Grove Missionary Baptist Church.  The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Thursday August 1, 2019 at Ocean View Funeral Home, Myrtle Beach Chapel.  The Ocean View Funeral Home, Myrtle Beach Chapel is assisting the McKelvey Family.


7 Responses to MRS. BARBARA McKELVEY

  • Sorry for the loss of your mother. I worked with her at Blue Cross in the PDM department. We had a good time when it got around the Clemson/Carolina game. Decorated the department in all that orange!! I still have my tablecloth and pot holders she made. I enjoyed working with her.

  • Sorry for the loss of your mother. Your family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers.

    The Gregg Family

  • I continue to pray for this family as you go through this valley of sorrow. I regret that I can not be with you at today’s service, but know that God in His infinite wisdom will take care of you.

  • Cousin Barbara, you will be missed. Thank you for your beautiful spirit and being a Warrior for the Lord while you were here on Earth. Now you will be singing in God’s Choir. We will miss you, we love you, But GOD Loves you more. Each time I look at the beautiful quilts you made for my Son’s High School Graduation and Family Reunion, I will remember you and smile. You’ve left a wonderful legacy with your children and grandchildren.

  • So sorry to hear the loss of your mother . Praying for the family

  • Ms. Barbara will truly be missed. I worked with her and she trained me. She was very patient. I will miss that smile. I will keep the family in my prayers.

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