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Carl Edgar Spiva was born on July 20, 1953. He was a veteran Law Enforcement Officer known to his friends and associates as “Ed”.

He was an amazing husband to Sabrina, the world’s greatest brother, dad, grandfather, friend and a respected police officer.

He is survived by his wife Sabrina Kim Spiva, his brother Howard Spiva (Kelly), his son Earnest Spiva (Kelly), his grandchildren, Devon Spiva, Aspen Spiva, and Vivian Spiva who were his pride and joy and he loved them dearly. Also surviving are his nephews Gene Spiva (Gage), Bryan Woods (Kelly), Clay Porter and his niece Michelle Masteller (Bob). He has many cousins, aunts and uncles and some relatives that he doesn’t claim.

He was predeceased by his father Earnest “Ed” Edgar Spiva, his mother Vivian Tarpley Spiva Williams and his sister Elaine Spiva Woods Watson.

Ed began his Law Enforcement Career in 1974 in South Carolina (Hilton Head, Palmetto Dunes, Ridgeland and North Augusta) he worked as a general-patrol officer, a sergeant in crime prevention and public relations and a detective in undercover drug operations. He was a policeman’s policeman. He taught and shared his knowledge with everyone.

In 1980, he joined the Chatham County Police Department. In December of 1982 he became a member of the Metropolitan Drug Squad. He remained on the drug unit until June of 1993, except for temporary duty assignments with the Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force and the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Squad.

He has written, taught and given classes for the Georgia Police Academy, the Governors Organized Crime Prevention Council, the Regional Counterdrug Training Academy, at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth Georgia and other law enforcement academies.

In 1993, Ed vested his time with Chatham County Police and contracted with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Office of Special Investigation for the Air Force, Internal Revenue Service, Army Special Forces and other State, Federal and Local Law Enforcement agencies. He served as a Training Coordinator for the State of Georgia at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, Georgia. In June 1995, Ed started teaching full time at the Georgia Police Academy where he specialized in Drug Enforcement, Electronic Surveillance, and Gang Organizations.

Ed was a well-known and highly respected instructor in the law enforcement community. He was a great teacher and taught many classes along with his brother Howard on real estate, asset protection and tax structuring. Ed helped many people by holding classes, meetings and he also taught people one on one. His knowledge and skills in communicating with his students, private investigators, police officers and the public was outstanding.

He was a Legend.

Ed has trained federal, state, and local law enforcement officers nationally and internationally in forty-eight states and three countries in the use of electronic surveillance equipment. Ed was a consultant on many television programs for Pursuit Production and Real TV. His videos where shared on the TV shows “Cops” and “Police Chase and Pursuit”. He was carrying a huge video camera and filming arrest in the 1980s (before the police shows like Cops).

He earned his P.O.S.T. (Police Officer Standard & Training) Certified Senior Instructor in 1987. In 1999 became a state certified private investigator and a Certified Instructor for the Georgia Board of Private Detectives and Security Agencies. Ed became an independent contractor in March of 2000. He has been with Spiva Law Group since June of 2000.

For the last 21 years he has worked side by side with his brother in the family’s law firm. Ed helped many deserving clients get justice. His contributions defined the core values of Spiva Law Group’s reputation of “service strength and results”. Ed helped many widows, orphans and deserving families get justice. He truly changed everyone’s life that he touched.

Carl “Ed” Spiva is the world’s greatest brother! He was Howard’s “wingman” and will forever be missed.

The family is creating an account to benefit the widows and orphans of police officers who are killed in the line of duty, in Ed’s honor/ name; under The Justice for Children Foundation, Inc., a Georgia nonprofit.

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 o’clock Friday, April 30, 2021, at Gamble Funeral Service – 410 Stephenson Avenue.

The funeral service will be held at 7 o’clock Friday evening, April 30, 2021, in the chapel of Gamble Funeral Service. Interment will be private.

Online Condolences

  1. Michael Robbins says:

    Ed was a generous man with a ready sense of humor. He was capable of many tasks which he used to help others, myself included. His life is well worth emulating. He will be missed by his family, friends and brother and sister police officers. I will not forget Ed.

  2. Ron F. Palefsky says:

    There was never a mold made of Eddie as he was truly hand crafted to be one and only! His humor, serious and professional sides were all intertwined into one fabulous person. May he rest in peace and family share pure joy in his life.

  3. Robert Plaster says:

    Eddie was one of a kind person and police officer. Always willing to help a brother officer.

  4. Gene and Wendy Spiva says:

    Kim, we give you our deepest sympathy as the family says goodbye to another stalwart member of the Spiva clan. May God be with you and bless you Kim in the loss of your husband and Howard in the loss of your brother.

  5. John Eustace says:

    When Ed first came to CCPD I was a corporal on the watch he was assigned too. I’d not met him prior and the first I knew of him was hearing him on the radio. I ask the dispatcher “when did we hire another female officer”? I met Ed later and we’ve been friend every since. Great Officer and even greater man and friend. I’ll see you on the other side Eddie !

  6. Pamela Fowler says:

    Eddie was the one who always wanted to make everyone feel good with his jokes and antics. He will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him. Rest In Peace Eddie in the arms of Jesus.

  7. Gary Glemboski says:

    Ed was good man. Always ready to help when asked. We worked together many times and was the consummate professional. He will be missed by many.

  8. Patrick T O'Connor says:

    This is a huge loss for our community. Ed always had a smile and a ready handshake. I will miss him greatly.

  9. Tarry Kirkland says:

    I had the honor and privilege to work with Ed. A great cop and really good guy! He will be missed.

  10. Diane and Skip Sasser says:

    Our sincere condolences to the Spiva family. We are saddened for the loss of a loyal friend, a law enforcement partner, and a true gentleman. Ed had a genuine-ness every time we met, a ready hand shake, and a wicked sense of humor. His laugh was contagious as was his smile. He will be greatly missed. Our loss is heavens gain. Rest in peace, brother.

  11. Karen Thompson says:

    To know Ed was to truly love the man. He shared his smile and kind heart with all who knew him. To say he will be missed is an understatement. Those who knew him will always feel the loss of a great friend.

  12. Sandy and Robert Lamb says:

    Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all during this difficult time.

  13. Patricia Mann says:

    My deepest sympathy, Sabrina. Ed was such a special person and will live on in the hearts of all who knew him. He will always be remembered for his wit and his smile. Praying you find comfort in the days ahead.

  14. Rick and Kathy says:

    Sabrina and family members of “Spiva”. Our heartfelt condolences he’ll be missed by many.
    I first met Spiva on the Metro Drug Squad. At one point during the Ricky Givens gang takedown, we rode together, what an incredible experience.
    He will always remain in my heart as my Brother.

  15. Joy Gellatly says:

    Ed was a great police officer and never hesitated to pass along his knowledge and skill to other members of the thin blue line. His laugh was contagious and his smile could brighten a room. He will be missed. My thoughts & prayers are with his family.

  16. Ronald Nichols says:

    To the Spiva family I pray that God will hold you in his hand and guide you during this time. I know that from the CCPD family of officer we will miss him . He was always around when you needed him. he knew how to lift up anyone no matter how down they be. Thanks for letting all of in law enforce be a part of his life and yours.

  17. Sallie Humphries says:

    Kim we never met but Howard and I are old friends I want to wish my deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband Ed and your brother Howard. May God somehow comfort your hearts in knowing that he is with him. Loss is so hard as we miss their love and companionship here with us but never forget they are waiting for our reunion in heaven one day where there will be no more sorrow only happiness and love

  18. Judith Tyree says:

    Heartfelt condolences to the Spiva family. For many years, I had the privilege of knowing Ed when he passed along his knowledge through training and shared his skill as a Police Officer and Deputy Sheriff when we worked together. He will truly be missed. May thoughts and prayers lifted bring you some comfort during this trying time.

  19. Sandi Aycock says:

    Sabrina I pray that you find comfort in Ed’s wonderful memories and knowing how much he loved you. Your extended family will always be here for you. I am truly going to miss his presence and how he always made everyone feel happy.

  20. Lisa Lester says:

    My sincere condolences to you all. I work with Louis & Connie, they always talked about how much fun they had when you all were together. Keeping you in my prayers, hold on to your memories.

  21. Rotary Corporation says:

    Louis, Connie and Family,
    Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers for the days ahead. So very sorry for your loss,

    Your Rotary Family

  22. James & Tracie Watson says:

    Earnest & family, we are praying for you & your family as we ask God to bring you the peace that passes all understanding during this difficult time…God bless…

  23. Jake Lawrence says:

    My condolences to Earnest, Kelly, Devon, Vivian, Aspen, and the rest of the family.

    I never met Ed personally but I heard countless stories of how great of a man he was over the years. He raised a incredible man who I’m fortunate to call a friend.

    They say that children reflect the best traits of their parents when raised with love. Earnest, I hope you find solace in the fact that the family you have built is a direct reflection of the incredible man your father must have been.

    Much love brother,


  24. Anne Horn says:

    My heart is saddened as I learned of Ed’s departure to heaven to be amongst the many angels there !! The memories I have of all the funny stories, sayings, & jokes that only Ed could tell ( besides Howard ) could leave you laughing for countless hours !! If he liked you & cared about you, he would be there for you in a heartbeat !! I know I miss him & everyone else does !! We will keep his memory alive through countless stories !! Sabrina, Howard , Earnest & all family members, please know I’m so sorry & I love all of you !! GOD bless each of you !!

  25. Crazy Jack and the Gilmore family says:

    He was so kind hearted and a great friend. He always made you laugh, he he was a super guy. He was always there when you needed him .He will be truely missed

  26. Dr. Luis Branch says:

    Our deepest sympathy for the Spiva family. Our hearts goes out to all his family. Ed always had a smile and am sure the good Lord is smiling in him right now.

  27. Audrey Biloon says:

    To the Spiva Family and friends of Ed….

    Although I never had the privilege of meeting Ed, please accept my prayers for God to fill your aching hearts with memories that bring you peace in the knowledge that his very well lived and immeasurably well loved years on earth now place him among the angels.

  28. Sandra & Lynn says:

    Our hearts break for your family. We will keep you in our prayers!

  29. Judy Brock says:

    I met Ed Spiva when I became a member of the Metro Drug Squad, At first I thought he was the long lost brother of some comedian,. He was so funny.. It was not long till I saw the other side of Ed , He was brilliant in every aspect of his job.. His sense of humor was always there but it could never cover up his intelligence.. I really loved working with Ed, He was always so respectful and kind and I will never forget him….Judy Brock

  30. Jo M. McCutchen says:

    No matter how many times he came into the courthouse, he always had a smile! Heaven has gained another good one! Keep smiling Ed! You will be missed!

    Much love!


  31. Mark and Barbara Roush says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you
    You all at this time. I know Ed will be missed by
    many. God’s peace and love be with you.

  32. Karen Lange says:

    Dear Howard and Kelly,
    I am so sorry to hear about Ed’s passing. I know this will leave a huge hole in your lives. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  33. Clay Ratrerree says:

    Life is too short, but the truly exceptional make the most of every moment they have on this earth. Ed was one of those persons whose accomplishments clearly reveal a man whose life was well-lived. His family and friends will miss him dearly, but let us pause and give thanks for his presence in our lives.

  34. Peter R. Doliber says:

    Ed was a remarkable man. It was magical how he was able to be so gentle and funny and equally tenacious and strong. The world is a better place because he was here. And there is a huge hole that will be impossible to fill. Much love to his family.

  35. Bob & Wanda Hanneman says:

    Ed was one of a kind. Always smiling, kind to everyone and always had time to say hello. Helped so many. He will be sorely missed. Prayers for all the family.

  36. Pat Welsh says:

    Ed was truly a one of a kind of guy. He was always willing to help someone out and brighten your day with a joke. Ed was truly ahead of his time with his knowledge of electronic surveillance and expertise. I work with Ed with the sheriff’s department and as a private investigator.
    Ed was a very special friend and I will miss him tremendously. To the Spiva family please accept my condolences on your loss.
    Pat Welsh

  37. David Crawford says:

    Please accept our deepest sympathies. I had the great pleasure of meeting Ed at several STLA events over the years with STLA Past President Howard, Kelly and the Spiva family. Ed was a great man and a wonderful investigator. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.

  38. Kathryn and Jim says:

    Sabrina, Howard, Kelly, and Family …Our prayers go out to you for Ed’s untimely passing. He was so central to your family and work and his loss will be felt throughout the community and beyond.

    Our heartfelt condolences,

    Jim and Kathryn Myrick

  39. Renee L Robbins says:

    Ed was a generous man, and helped so many people. He was funny and always made me laugh. He was smart, especially when working with electronics. I send my deepest sympathy to the family.

  40. Walter Anderson says:

    I met Ed in 2003 when I was a reserve Deputy. Ed always had a positive word of encouragement that would impact you, and made you better. One such saying that he imparted to me was “Good Will and Gestures, don’t always have to be tied to a buck”. No truer words spoken. Thank you Ed, for leading by example. My deepest sentiment and prayers of encouragement, to you the Spiva Family.

  41. Tony Bevill says:

    Today is my first hearing of Ed’s passing. I am sad. Knew this guy from the time he was Chief in North Augusta until after he joined us with Chatham County Police. What an asset to every facet of law enforcement he touched, We had some crazy times together riding patrol and bustin’ bad guys with Metro Drugs in the late 1980s. I lost frequent contact with Ed after I left CCPD in 1990, but I continued to hear great things about him and his endeavors. This man will be greatly missed – by family, friends, and everyone whose lives he touched. I know Howard will be lost without him for a while. Giggle on, brother. I miss you.

  42. Bill Harvey says:

    You have been a great servant to you county, state and country, get some rest now, we have the watch now…May the Perpetual Light Shine Upon Him…..

  43. Geri Spears says:

    Ed was always willing to help in any way he could. He always had a smile and could tell some funny stories. My heart and prayers are with his family.

  44. Macky Kendrick says:

    There are not enough words to describe a friendship or kinship with Ed Spiva. A true friend and gentleman. I enjoyed every minute I had contact with him. His outlook and attitude on life was magnetic. He was a true friend and his sense of humor always made my day. I will miss you Ed, and have been extremely honored to be part of your circle. I am physically unable to give you a real goodbye, but just know my heart is there. I love you and will miss you. Until Valhalla. Go with God.

  45. Marsha Nave /Turner says:

    I only met Ed about 5 years ago, with my better half at a cookout. He work together years ago. He and Howard were very giving..Ed helped my daughter, finding a place to live. He always had a smile. Loved to talk about his many assortment of pets. We had lost our 9 year old Yorkie. Talking about their illnesses and Vet bills. He said, they had.lots of vet bills and don’t have some of them long.. but he knew, that.while they they were with him they had a good life.. That had stuck in my heart and mind.. Any of us that had the chance to know him are truly blessed. You are next to the Lord no doubt..Miss you

  46. Tiffany Henry says:

    Ed was such an amazing man and it was such an honor to know him and work with him! I loved stopping by his office for help (or just to chit chat) on a daily basis while working at Spiva Law Group. He stood out as one of the most real and helpful people I have known. He will be greatly missed!

  47. Jennifer Taylor says:

    It was an honor to work alongside Ed at Spiva Law Group. I will miss his witty banter and friendly demeanor. I am very glad to have had the opportunity to know him, and my heart goes out to his family during this time of loss.

  48. John Wes Witt and family says:

    From the first day I met Ed he was always nice to me! Willing to help
    any way he could. He will be missed greatly.

  49. Bruce Watkins says:

    Ed was a good guy, I went to the police Academy with him and he was always in a good mood and always willing to help. I worked with Ed on several construction and real estate jobs and he was generous to a fault (I don’t think I ever paid for a lunch). I will miss Ed. My thoughts and prayers are with Sabrina and the family.

  50. Lisa Davis says:

    Howard and Kelly,

    Ed was such a wonderful man. He always had a joke ready for you when you saw him. I know your heart is breaking, just know that he was loved and always made you smile. We are praying for you and Kelly.

    Lisa Davis, Daniel and Hannah

  51. Jim Murray says:

    I was sad to read of Ed’s passing. I had the opportunity to work with Ed for many years when dealing with drug cases that crossed both city and county lines. When I asked for his help he never said NO and would always respond in minutes. He was a true professional and also fun to be around with his positive spirit and lookout on life. A police officer like him comes along once in a life time. In many cases we do not understand that until it is to late to pay the respect his work ethic deserved. It is my wish that God will hold both him and his family in the palm of his hand and guide them through this difficult time. I am sure Ed is enjoying sharing his stories with his fellow police officers that have departed before him. COURAGE!

  52. Patricia Abrams Latimer says:

    Ed was a wonderfully spirited individual with a beautiful smile and caring heart. He will be missed. My deepest sympathy to his family and loved ones.

  53. Matt Sutton says:

    I just found out about Ed’s passing. He was my partner on MDS before he retired from CCPD. Oh, the stories I could tell… I’ll always remember that laugh. Go with God, brother.

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