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The Rev. Marvin Whitfield

June 29, 1928 January 5, 2019
The Rev. Marvin Whitfield
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The Rev. Marvin Whitfield, 90, of Clinton, was promoted to Glory early Saturday morning, January 5, 2019. God’s angels came for him while he was at his home. He had been a revered minister with the North Carolina Conference of the Pentecostal Holiness Church.

His life will be remembered in a worship and celebration service to be Wednesday, January 9, at 1 p.m. at Clinton Community Church, 1901 Sunset Avenue, Clinton. Officiating will be Bishop Thomas H. McGhee, Vice Chairman of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church; Bishop Danny Nelson, the Rev. Dwight Dunning, the Rev. Jim Whitfield, the Rev. Wiley T. Clark, and Joey Leggett, Superintendent of Falcon Children’s Home. Burial will follow the service in Maplewood Cemetery in Mount Olive, with his grandson, the Rev. Adam Partin, and his brother, Rev. Jim Whitfield, providing remarks. The family will be receiving friends at the church prior to the service, beginning at 11 a.m.

Memorial gifts may be made to Marvin & Joyce Whitfield Life Center, c/o Royal Home Ministries, PO Box 39, Falcon, NC 28342.

He was a native of the Thunder Swamp area west of Mount Olive and was raised, saved and sent out from the Thunder Swamp P.H. Church to carry out the Good News. He gave his heart to the Lord at age 22 in 1950 and was licensed to preach in 1954 and was ordained to the Gospel ministry in the N.C. Conference of the Pentecostal Holiness Church in 1956. In 1957, he graduated from Holmes College of the Bible.

His pastoral trail includes serving as interim minister at Gum Springs P.H. Church in S.C. He then served as pastor of Robersonville P.H. Church, Kenly P.H. Church, Clinton P.H. Church (for 16 years), the Capital Church in Garner, and Person Street P. H. Church in Fayetteville.

Marvin and Joyce felt a heavy burden for an alternative to abortion for women with unplanned pregnancies and had a God given passion for this cause. They founded the Alternative to Abortion Ministries, which later became The Royal Home Ministries. He served as General Coordinator for more than 15 years.

Rev. Whitfield served on the Evangelism Board of the Pentecostal Holiness Church Conference, served terms as a member of the Credentialing Committee of the Conference, and also on the conference’s Stationing Committee.

He enjoyed being with his family and nurturing his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. His life was, indeed, one of service to God, His church, and people.

Surviving are a daughter, Deborah Whitfield Smith and husband, Eddie, of Selma; a son, Stephen Mark Whitfield and wife, Kay, of Mount Olive; five grandchildren, Brandon Mark Whitfield, Adam Nicholas Partin and wife, Sheli, Benjamin Goldyn Whitfield and wife, Brooke, Kelly Partin Massengill and husband, Ryan, and Stephen Matthew Whitfield and wife, Faith; nine great-grandchildren; a brother, the Rev. Jim Whitfield and wife, Regenia, of Goldsboro; a sister-in-law, Jean S. Whitfield of Mount Olive; sister-in-law, Pat Whitman Grady and husband, Dr. Perry Linwood Grady of Raleigh; and many nieces and nephews.

Family members who have welcomed him into heaven include his beloved wife, Joyce Whitman Whitfield; his parents, James Albert and Ella Mae Hudson Whitfield; sisters, Flossie W. Pipkin and husband, Kelso, Mavis W. King and husband, Samuel, and brothers, Lorenzo Whitfield and wife, Helen, Ralph Whitfield and wife, Lois, D. Burval Whitfield, J. G. Whitfield and wife, Hetty Ruth; and a great-grandson, Benjamin Luke Whitfield.

The family wishes to express deep appreciation to the many caregivers along the journey of caring for Mr. Whitfield, including Judy Smith, JoAnn Faison, Andreal Hendricks, Mary Lee, and Johnnie Joyner.

A Tyndall Service, Mount Olive.


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