Dr. Alfred Hamilton Garvey Sr.

May 24, 1929April 13, 2018

Dr. Alfred Hamilton Garvey, 88, died peacefully on April 13, 2018.

Son of Fred Kesler Garvey and Edna Weiss Garvey, Alfred was born in Knoxville, TN and soon moved to Winston-Salem, NC where he grew up. He was preceded in death by his beloved siblings, Fred Kesler Garvey, Jr, John Weiss Garvey, and Sarah Garvey Deal. Dr. Garvey is survived by his beloved wife, Rose Potter Garvey, daughter, Susan Garvey Seaton (Jeff); sons, Jack Hamilton Garvey (Annette), James Potter Garvey (Louisa) and Alfred Hamilton Garvey, Jr. (Carole). He had 10 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was called “Papa” by all.

It was in Winston-Salem where Alfred met the love of his life, Rose Murray Potter at the age of 5. As their friendship grew, so did their lifelong core of friends.

Alfred attended UNC and later graduated from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine where he studied Urology under the care of his father, the department founder. He then began a medical practice in Greensboro that continues today as Alliance Urology Specialists.

As Alfred was able to enjoy some leisure time, he included his family in many of his passions; the house and boat (The Roseola) at Wrightsville Beach, the trout fishing mountain lodge and retreat, Long Hope, the Off Island gun club and the Greensboro Country Club. His family bonded around these activities and continue to do so today.

Dr. Garvey was an accomplished pianist who performed in public venues and with friendly gatherings. He loved many music styles but was particularly impassioned with Classical. His family can still recognize and hum the tunes of the Greats, including Mozart and Beethoven, due to the countless hours of Alfred’s practice sessions on the piano. He even played french horn with the UNC Marching Band in the 1949 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. He loved gardening at this Kimberly Drive house and at the Wrightsville Beach house. As his fishing pursuits slowed down, Alfred concentrated on oil painting as his primary pastime and he took his skill to a level that his paintings now adorn the walls of the homes of his family.

Alfred was a Captain in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a Navigation Specialist and active member of the U.S. Power Squadrons. He was a kind, gentle soul with many interests-a true Renaissance man. His doctrines included citizenship, honor, hard work, loyalty, love and decency. He leaves behind a loving wife and family.

A service to celebrate Alfred’s life will be held Tuesday, April 17 at 11:30 am at St. Francis Episcopal Church with a reception to follow in the parish hall.

Memorial contributions may be made in Alfred’s name to St. Francis Episcopal Church, 3506 Lawndale Dr., Greensboro, NC 27408.

Online condolences may be offered at www.haneslineberryfuneralhomes.

Hanes-Lineberry Funeral N. Elm Street will be assisting the Garvey family.


  • Fred Kesler Garvey, Father
  • Edna Weiss Garvey, Mother
  • Rose Murray Potter Garvey, Wife
  • Susan Garvey Seaton and husband Jeff, Daughter
  • Jack Hamilton Garvey and wife Annette, Son
  • James Potter Garvey and wife Louisa, Son
  • Alfred Hamilton Garvey Jr. and wife Carole, Son
  • Fred Kesler Garvey Jr, Brother
  • John Weiss Garvey, Brother
  • Sarah Garvey Deal, Sister
  • Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

  • St. Francis Episcopal Church


  • St. Francis Episcopal Church Tuesday, April 17, 2018
  • A Vistitation will follow the service Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Dr. Alfred Hamilton Garvey Sr.

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David Robinson

April 19, 2018

My condolences to my old friends Jim Garvey, Al Garvey and also the whole family. I am sorry for your loss. Great man with a great family. Many wonderful memories at Page High, NCSU, Wrightsville Beach condo, and so many more.

Megan Hunsinger

April 18, 2018

Dr. Garvey and his wife were two of my favorite members at the Greensboro Country Club. I often took care of them on Friday nights when they came to dinner with the Allens. He was a great man and will be missed. I wish I had been able to keep in touch since leaving the club in 2016. Love to all, especially to Mrs. Garvey.

Katherine Craft Kopp

April 18, 2018

Dr. Garvey was my godfather (and Rose was and is my godmother). Rose and Al were two of my parents' dearest friends and Al was in their wedding in 1952. He was a sweet man and a fine physician and I know he will be deeply missed by family and friends. Love to Rose and all the Garveys from the Crafts.

Johnny White

April 17, 2018

To Rose and family,
Al was a neighbor for many years, a great guy, a gentle, soft-spoken soul and my physician whenever I was in deep trouble with kidney stones.
My best to all,
Johnny White

Jeff Morgan

April 17, 2018

Sorry to learn about your fathers passing.
Thinking of you in this difficult time.
Jeff Morgan

Mary Schencnk Dator

April 16, 2018

Dear sweet Garvey family, we send much love and are holding you all in the light. Your Dad was one of a kind and always made us laugh. Sending prayers. Mary Schenck and family

Lee Dixon

April 16, 2018

I have always loved your Mom and Dad. They were very special to all of the Trotter's. My mom especially enjoyed your Dad's piano playing and I have to say it was a treat to listen to!! Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers . Mom will be so excited to see him!!
Lee Trotter Dixon

Jody Sutlive

April 16, 2018

Dr. Garvey was such a fine man and physician. I went to him many years ago suffering from a urinary and bladder problem that was very painful. He treated the problem with great skill and compassion. It was such a joy to be a patient of such a caring physician. I will always remember Dr. Garvey very fondly.
Jody Sutlive

Debbie Garvey Little

April 15, 2018

Dear Aunt Rose, Susan, Jack, Jim & Al,
I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Alfred's passing. I had the upmost respect for Uncle Alfred. I cherish the times we shared years ago at various family events. Keeping all of you in my heart & prayers. Love, Debbie

Mike & Lia Jones

April 15, 2018

Lia and I are so sorry to hear about your loss. In reading about Dr. Garvey's past, I reminisced about all the fun had at the mountain house and Wrightsville Beach house. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.