Charles Carter Garvey, a former vice president of sales and marketing for the Morning Advocate and State-Times, died Sunday.

He was 94.

Visitation will be at Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 825 Government St., from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and for one hour prior to the 11 a.m. funeral on Friday at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 2025 Stuart Ave.

Garvey retired from the newspapers in 1985.

Before that, Garvey had worked with Manship-owned businesses since 1947, when he sold advertising for Baton Rouge radio station WJBO.

“Mr. Garvey was not only a great mentor for me but also a good friend,” The Advocate Publisher David C. Manship said Tuesday.

Manship said Garvey served the paper as both business manager and director of advertising for many years.

“Because of his ability to meet people and have them feel as though they had known him as a true friend from the second they met, he was perfect for both jobs,” Manship said.

Michael Garvey, Charles Garvey’s son, said Tuesday that his father had a unique ability to talk to anybody, “from a CEO to a guy digging ditches.”

“My father never met a stranger,” Michael Garvey said.

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Michael Garvey said his father also had an amazing gift to mimic dialects, including a Cajun accent.

“He would give speeches all over and he always started off with a Cajun joke in a Cajun accent. He was almost Rich Little-like,” Michael Garvey said.

Charles Garvey was born in New Orleans but lived in Baton Rouge after enrolling at LSU in the late 1930s.

In 1941, Garvey enlisted in the U.S. Navy just before World War II and became an aviator.

Garvey was assigned to the USS Minneapolis, a heavy cruiser, at Honolulu, 60 days after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Between 1942 and 1944, Garvey flew missions in the Battles of the Coral Sea and Midway as well as the island campaigns of the South Pacific.

After the war, Garvey returned to Baton Rouge, obtained a business degree from LSU and started selling advertising for WJBO.

Garvey was a member of the Manresa House of Retreats for more than 50 years.

Garvey received a citation from the International Newspaper Advertising and Marketing Executives Association in 1985.

Garvey was presented that year with the President’s Council Award for 30 years of dedicated service to newspaper advertising.