James Garvey, 43, volunteer and chief with Hampstead Fire Department

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James Garvey
James Garvey

HAMPSTEAD — Mr. James Garvey, beloved son of Kenneth and Rebecca and grandson of Lillie Mae and recently deceased Thurman “Pete” Garvey, died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017.

James was born on August 10, 1973, and was a lifelong resident of Hampstead, N.C.

He became a volunteer at the Hampstead Fire Department while attending Topsail High School, where he was a graduate. He was offered a scholarship from GMC; but a true family man at heart, decided to join the family business and later on started his own business. James continued with the fire department achieving chief status. As a result of his continued work there and his deep felt need to help others is credit to his kind heart and willingness to help anyone with no expectation of anything in return. Having been this person, he has touched the hearts of many and was loved by everyone who was lucky enough to have known him.

His big heart and beautiful spirit and life will forever be cherished in the immense love of his wife, Dianne Garvey, and their four amazing children, Steven Daniel, Madison Lynn, Alexandra Nicole and Jamie Garvey. He was the beloved son-in-law of Lorraine and Donald Bedson; big brother to sister, Julia Ann and brother, William Lyle; and uncle to their children, MyKayla Nysha and Declan Grey Garvey; along with love of many extended family and friends. He will most surely be missed by all who were privileged enough to know him.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, at Topsail Baptist Church. Burial will be in Sea Lawn Memorial Park. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 9, at Topsail Baptist Church.