The Rt. Rev. Charles Farmer Duvall, retired bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast, died on October 8, 2020 in Columbia, SC. Due to Coronavirus restrictions regarding inside services, a burial service will be held at graveside at Old St. David’s Episcopal Church in Cheraw, SC on Tuesday October 13, 2020 at 11:00 am.
Charles Farmer Duvall was born on November 18, 1935 in Cheraw, SC and was the second child of Henry Powe Duvall, III and Elizabeth Farmer Duvall. His father was the third generation proprietor of the Cheraw Hardware & Supply Company.
After attending Cheraw public schools, Duvall graduated in 1957 from The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, where he was a member of the elite Summerall Guards and upon graduation was awarded with the prestigious Charles O. Willson Ring by his classmates.
Upon graduation from The Citadel, he was married to Ann Warren (Nancy) Rice of Charleston, SC before attending Virginia Theological Seminary where he graduated with a Master of Divinity in 1960.
Duvall served three churches in SC from 1960 to 1962: Holy Trinity in Grahamville, SC, Church of the Cross in Bluffton, SC, and a small mission on Hilton Head Island, SC. In 1962 he became the rector of St. James, James Island in Charleston, SC. Between 1970 and 1977 he served as the rector of Holy Trinity Church in Fayetteville, NC after which he became rector of the Church of the Advent in Spartanburg, SC.
On November 15, 1980 Duvall was elected bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast and was consecrated the following spring by Presiding Bishop John Allin. He served as bishop of the Central Gulf Coast for twenty years, retiring in 2001.
Known as a storyteller, Duvall emphasized the teaching office of the bishop. He recorded a series of ten Bible stories titled “Biblical Stories Retold to Tickle the Ear and Touch the Heart.”
Duvall had a lifelong connection with Kanuga Episcopal Camp and Conference Center in Hendersonville, NC. He attended camp there as a boy, led youth conferences there early in his ministry, and as a Bishop was a popular chaplain for Summer Guest Periods for many years. He served on the Kanuga Board of Visitors and was at one time Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Duvall served on numerous boards and received recognition for his accomplishments from many. The School of Theology at the University of the South, where he served on the Board of Directors, and Virginia Theological Seminary both awarded him a Doctorate of Divinity. He also served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Episcopal Media Center, which joined with Day 1 Ministry to become the Alliance for Christian Media during his tenure. In addition, he served on the Board of Directors of St. George’s College in Jerusalem.
Charles Farmer Duvall was predeceased by his brother Henry Powe Duvall, IV and his sister Elizabeth Duvall Eubanks. His survivors include his wife of 63 years Nancy Rice Duvall of West Columbia, SC, his daughter Ann Duvall Barwick (Daniel), his sons Charles Farmer Duvall, Jr. (Ellyn) and Theodore Wannamaker Duvall (Katherine). He is also survived by grandchildren Elizabeth Barwick, David Barwick, Benjamin Duvall, Samuel Duvall, Beverly Duvall Bowers, Anne Lawton Duvall, and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Kanuga Conference , Retreat, and Camp Center in Hendersonville, NC (https://www.kanuga.org/giving/) or Harvest Hope Food Bank of Columbia, SC.