LUMBERTON — Dr. John David Cave, 83, most recently residing in Atlanta, died Feb. 26, 2013.
A graveside service for friends and family will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Meadowbrook Cemetery in Lumberton. A memorial will follow at 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Lumberton, Dr. David Elks, the Rev. David Turner and Mr. Philip Cave officiating.
He was born in Williamston, S.C., in 1929, and was the son of the late Rev. Julian Attaway Cave and Cornelia Lee Clinkscales Cave.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Laura Carden Cave; and his brother, the Rev. Julian A. Cave.
Dr. Cave was a retired minister and missionary. He was a graduate of Furman University, Greenville, S.C., and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas. He completed his Th.D. from Southwestern Seminary in Philosophy of Religion. He then went on to become Associate Pastor of Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church in Atlanta, from 1956-1958. From there he went to East Washington Heights Baptist Church, Washington, D.C., where he served as Senior Pastor from 1958-1962. Following his ministry there, he and his wife, Laura, served as foreign missionaries in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 1962-1973, where he served as a Professor at the International Baptist Seminary as well as Pastor of the International Baptist Church. After leaving the mission field, he taught at Midwestern and Southeastern Seminaries and then became the Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church, Rocky Mount, serving from 1975-1990. He then moved to Lumberton, where he retired from full-time ministry after serving as Pastor at First Baptist Church in Fairmont, from 1990-1996. In retirement, he served as interim pastor at several Baptist churches in Robeson County.
Dr. Cave is survived by two sons, Dr. David Cave and wife Peggy of Brookline, Mass., and Philip Cave and wife Shannon of Raleigh; a daughter, Laura Morgan and husband Dr. Jeff Morgan of Pinehurst; seven grandchildren, Jonathan, Will, David, Philip, Julian, Whit and Tara; and two sisters, David Turner of Clarksville, Ga., and Ruth Robertson of Montevallo, Ala.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Floyd Mortuary & Crematory Inc. in Lumberton.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Julian and Cornelia Cave Scholarship Fund, North Greenville University; 7801 Tigerville Road, Tigerville, S.C., 29688.
On-line condolences may be made by visiting: www.floydmortuary.net.