Elder Jervey was born in Bonneau, South Carolina on August 7, 1934 to the Late Louis Jervey, Sr. and Susie Rollerson Jervey. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Ann Hackett Jervey, and siblings: Wilson, Maude Paige, Ben, Richard, Daniel, Esaw, Jacob, Rebecca, William, James, Lillie Mae Campbell, Willis Brown, and Joe Gosen.
Elder Jervey received his early education in Bonneau, South Carolina. He joined Grace A.M.E. Zion Church, under the leadership of Reverend L. A. Lawson, now Scott A.M.E Zion Church under the leadership of Reverend Dr. Gloria M. Snipes. Louis was a dedicated member and served Scott for more than 60 years in several capacities: Preacher’s Steward, Steward, Usher, member of Willie Alls Memorial Choir and the Lawson Chorus. He became so filled up when he would lead one of his favorite songs “I’ve Been Redeemed.” He loved to listen to gospel music and he recently was singing “May the Work I’ve Done Speak for Me.” Elder Jervey worked for Parks and Recreation Summer Program delivering lunches.
Elder Jervey enjoyed visiting the sick and shut in and it did not matter whether he knew them or not. He was well respected in the community. He encouraged people of all walks of life, giving them advice about job decisions, marriage, Salvation and how to love themselves and put God first in their life. He had a sense of humor and told many stories about his life in South Carolina.
He and his brothers did many repairs throughout Scott A.M.E. Zion Church (tiled floors, drop ceilings, carpentry work and many repairs) Louis and his brother Richard assisted the late Reverend Madison J. McRae (Pastor of Scott) construct the Baptism Pool in the lower chapel of Scott. They also remodeled the Crawford Dining Hall and the kitchen. His most memora-ble work was that he designed the large white Cross currently hanging in the sanctuary of Scott A.M.E. Zion Church.
Elder Jervey is a member Ezion Fair Baptist Church, under the leadership of Rev. Dr. C.T. Curry. He sang on the Men’s Choir and he enjoyed attend-ing bible study when he was able. In 2018 he was blessed to be elevated to Elder. He talked about how much his church family loved him. He bragged that he was the only one who was allowed to sit on the front seat of the of the bus. He loved Pastor Curry and his family. On Sunday afternoon he would call his children and say “Good God Almighty, that Pastor of mine really got something said today. The people kept coming up to the front, Lord Have Mercy we have 10-20 people join every Sunday!”
May 22, 1954, Elder Jervey was united in Holy Matrimony to the late Ruth Ann Hackett Jervey and they shared 60 years together. From this union were seven children: Linda Jervey Harrison, Patricia Jervey, Deborah Lewis, Kenny Jervey, Audrey Jervey, David Louis Jervey and Kimberly Jervey.
Elder Jervey worked for DuPont in many capacities until he retired in 1985 as a carpenter with 38 years of service.
When Elder Jervey’s health began to fail and he had to use a cane he was determined to be the perfect gentlemen his mother taught him to be. He held doors for the ladies and helped them on the bus before he took his seat.
Elder Jervey was always surrounded by his children, family or friends of the family. On this Sunday morning, God allowed his child to slip away peacefully; his son David, grandson Casime and granddaughter Lisa were right by his side. Our Heavenly Father saw fit to take Elder Jervey to his final resting place on February 3, 2019. He leaves to cherish his memories, eight children: James Louis Hackett, Linda Jer-vey Harrison (Jimmie), Patricia Jervey, Deborah Lewis (Michael), Ken-ny Jervey, Audrey Jervey, David Louis Jervey, and Kimberly Jervey; Grandchildren; Lisa Beach, DeAndre’ Jervey, Melvin Smith, Michael Smith, Damika Jervey, Danielle Jervey, Markevis Stanford, Gregory Jervey, Tyreek Reynolds, Kimjuana Jervey, Casime Harris, David Flowers, Tymiere Lively, Muffy Williams, Dwayne Grant, 28 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. One brother, Reuben Jervey; seven sisters-in law, Angela Jervey, Frieda Jervey, Vera Gosen, Doretha Minus, Betty West, Barbra Allen (George) Toni Thorpe (Curtis); brother-in-law, Arthur Hackett and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends. A compassionate and caring caregiver, Della King,; devoted grandson, Deon Jervey; devoted friends of the family, Thelma Lewis, Juan Rodriquez, who visited and prayed for him and Gerri (Turkey) Williams, who has been a friend of the fami-ly for more than 20 years. Elder Jervey had a lot of respect for her and cared for her as one of his children. She made herself available to step in and assist with his care whenever she was needed.
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