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Mattie Garves

ROCK HILL -- Mrs. Mattie Alleine Nelson Garves, 96, formerly of North Charleston, S.C., went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 15, 2008. She was the widow of John Francis Melvin Garves Sr., who died April 15, 1954. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 20, 2008, at Carolina Memorial Funeral Chapel, 7113 Rivers Ave., North Charleston SC 29406.

Born in Charleston, S.C. on Dec. 26, 1911 to Samuel William Nelson and Mattie Alleine Morris Nelson, Mattie Alleine was educated in Dorchester, S.C., and in Charleston. She also graduated from the former Baptist College of Charleston at the age of 62. Mattie Alleine had 11 siblings, all of whom preceded her in death. Throughout her life Mattie Alleine taught her five children through her own example... exhibiting kindness, gentleness and patience. She especially loved her children, their families and her relatives.

Demonstrating her deep love for music and education, Mattie Alleine played and taught piano, played the organ and taught kindergarten for the Ferndale Baptist Church, and taught first grade at Boulder Bluff Elementary. She also was an active member of Deer Park Baptist Church since 1954. Mattie Alleine extended her musical knowledge by studying violin in her late seventies.

She is survived by her daughter, Kathryn of Dawsonville, Ga.; her son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Ann Garves of Summerville, S.C.; her son, Bill Garves of Corona, Calif.; her son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Donna Garves of Bloomington, Ind.; and her daughter and son-in-law, Maryellen and Melvin Truelove of Rock Hill, S.C.; and 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, 2008, at Carolina Memorial Funeral Home, 7113 Rivers Ave., North Charleston, SC 29406.

Memorials may be made to Serenity Palliative and Hospice Care, Inc., 223 South Herlong Ave., Suite 110, Rock Hill SC 29732.

Carolina Memorial Funeral Home is serving the family with funeral arrangements.