MRS. BARBARA McKELVEY
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.