James Malcom "Malc" Cave

August 21, 1924 - August 15, 2013

James Malcom “Malc” Cave (Brother Cave) went to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 15th, 2013, at Veterans Administration Home of The Brave Hospice, Dallas, Texas. 

Malcom was born August 21, 1924 in Princeton, Texas to Alton Loyd and Lucille (Hammond) Cave.  They lived in Princeton and Melissa where Malc attended school and was active in sports.  On one of the visits to watch basketball in Blue Ridge, he met the love of his life, Ava Yvonne Myrick.  He told his friend that night she was the girl he would marry, which he did in 1943.  Malc was a proud WWII veteran, having served our country in the United States Navy aboard the USS Harris, APA-2.   

After WWII, Malc returned to Melissa.  Jobs were scarce for the soldiers but he did find work through a government sponsored program with Finney’s Bakery in McKinney, Texas.   Soon after, Malc and Ava moved to Houston where he found employment with Houston Power.  Malc accepted God’s call to ministry which took them to Corpus Christi, Texas, where he attended the University of Corpus Christi Seminary.  He was ordained as a Baptist minister in 1952 in Leesville, Texas.  After serving as pastor in South Texas (Hope, Yoakum, Leesville) a move to McKinney in 1954 resulted in the start of the Victory Baptist Church (later known as McKinney Baptist Temple).  He also served in ministry throughout Collin County, Arlington and Antlers, OK. 

At the time of his death, he was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Ennis, Texas.  There he served in his later years ministering at Kevin’s Halfway House, Sunday School teaching at Tabernacle, and preached in various churches in the area.

Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Ava;  four daughters: Lavon Fisher and husband Bentley of Bella Vista, AR;  Sherry Schlager of Larsen, WI and Ennis, Texas; Rebecca Tomberlin and husband Paul of Scurry, Texas; Deborah Tarpley and husband Don of McKinney, Texas.  Also, grandchildren: Tina Fisher-Shirley, B.J. Fisher, L. Noel Moore (Joni), Kimberly Moore-Reoh (Darren), Bradly Tomberlin (Julie), Heather Tomberlin-Smith (Thomas), Natalie Tomberlin-White ( Jason), Bryan Williams (Shannon), Stephen Williams (Krissie), Cody Tarpley, Greg Tarpley (Diana), Kevin Tarpley, and Bridgette Leonard;  22 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.  He is also survived by brother-in-law Billy Meadows, as well as a host of other family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Mildred Cole-Dunderdale and Helen Meadows; brothers George Cave, Herman Cave, and Alvin Cave; granddaughter Angela Rhea Moore, great-grandson Jarod Isaac Moore, son-in-law Randy Schlager, and grandson-in-law Mark Shirley;  nieces Sharon Cole-Binger, Vicki Cave, and nephew Alton “Bubba” Cave.

Visitation will be Saturday, August 17, 2013 from 5 pm to 7 pm at Turrentine- Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Allen, Texas.  The funeral service will be held at 4 pm on Sunday, August 18, 2013 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow.  Burial will immediately follow the service in Blue Ridge Cemetery.

The family requests memorial donations to the family or charity of their choice.

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Dear Ava, Lavon, Sherry, Rebecca, Debbie and Family...We are sorry for the loss of your Husband, Dad and Granddad. Our family has many fond memories of you all that we will treasure forever. Bro Cave was the first preacher I ever knew as he taught us about Jesus. I wouldn't trade anything for the times that I got to spend in your home as a young girl. Bro Cave was a special man who had a special family w/a love filled home. May you all find comfort in your memories, your faith, family and friends as you go through this difficult time of loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. God bless, and we love you all! Darrell & Karen Price, August 18, 2013 Brother Cave I thank you for your kindness and your love for people. I rember going to church on wilcox street when i was just a kid,I always tell people my mother took me to brother cave's church.your a blessing to all and will be missed dearly.you and my brother jackie were men among men.and great coon hunter's bet many people dont know that.May the lord keep you and hold you,and give your family strength...you all are in our prayers. Paul wayne Rutledge, August 18, 2013 My heart breaks for all of you and especially your Mom. Both of your parents have always been a beacon of light, hope and kindness in this world. I have many wonderful memories of time spent with all of you but one of the most recent ones is that of your father speaking at Helen's service. Never a large man in stature, he seemed even less so as he slowly made his way down the aisle with the aid of his cane. The other minister steadied him as he step up to the pulpit. Then the Uncle Malcolm of my memories came out once more. His stature upon the pulpit can rarely be met by any others. His way voice was strong, clear and as full of healing words as ever. I sat in even more wonderment of him than I did as a child. Only my Uncle Malcolm could deliver such a selfless message at such a sad time in his own life. You and your sisters have been blessed beyond belief to have been able to have him and Aunt Ava for parents. I love you all and I know his love and strength will see you through your grief. Doylene Brady, August 18, 2013 My dad, George Cave, dearly loved his brother Malcolm. Just the mention of his name would bring a smile to his lips and often result in a wild tale from their childhood. I didn't get to spend as much time with Uncle Malc as some of the other nieces and nephews, because we lived in other states, but there was no question that he loved me. He'd get a twinkle in his eye and give me a big hug, even after I grew up to be much taller than he was. One thing you knew about Uncle Malcolm was that he love the LORD he served and he wanted you to know that his LORD loved you, too. He also loved his wife and his girls - absolutely and unconditionally. We'll miss Uncle Malc, but his love will never be far away from us. Jane Cave Sadek, August 17, 2013 I have just learned of Brother Cave's departure for Heaven. He truly loved GOD, Family and Country and served all well throughout his life. H never waivered in his beliefs. All our hearts are saddened by the Family's loss. We lift you up in prayer tonight and will continue in the days to come. May GOD send you comfort and ease your pain. The Moore's of Ben Wheeler, Texas Larry B Moore, August 16, 2013 My Uncle Malc. I have too many thoughts going through my head, right now. Literally, I wouldn't be here right now, if not for him. During WWII, he introduced my Dad, Gene Cole to his sister, Mildred Cave. Gene wanted someone to write to, so he introduced Mildred to him. They later married and me and my Sis, Sharon, became a part of that union. He was a huge part of my young life. From coon hunting with Mr. Myrick to baptizing me as a youth, he is such a strong part of my life. Don't know if he ever realized that. I have a vivid memory of him holding my son in one arm and a fishing pole in the other. Yes, there was a fish on that line and my son thought he was catching a whole lot of fish. And, my Uncle Malc was smiling as much as Matthew. I love you Aunt Ava and I hurt with you now. But, how blessed were we to have Uncle Malc in our life. Love to all. Gene Alton Cole, August 16, 2013 Mrs. Cave and family, I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Cave's passing but know he is without pain and in the arms of the Lord. I pray God will hold you and comfort during this time of loss. But find comfort that someday, we will all be together again. God bless you all. Love, Donna Harrington, August 16, 2013 We're going to miss you, papaw. You were my best fishing and dove hunting buddy. Love you. Greg Tarpley, August 16, 2013 Uncle Malc was the first person to tell me Jesus loves me and how I needed Him as my Savior. I am eternally grateful to have him as my uncle and brother in Christ. I know he is in heaven with His Father and because of him I know I will see him again when I reach my heavenly home. My prayers and thoughts are with aunt Ava and family. Love you all. Judy Rae Cave-Anderson, August 16, 2013