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Bill Harvey

May 5, 1930 December 8, 2018
Bill Harvey
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William Amos Harvey, “Bill” aged 88 of Lenoir City, passed away Saturday morning, December 8, 2018 at UT Hospital, Knoxville. Born May 5, 1930, the third son of the late Bruce and Ora (Clevenger) Harvey in Jefferson County, TN. The family lived as tenant farmers 2 miles from the Bush Canning Factory. Bill attended elementary school at Chesnut Hill and later attended Maury High School. He accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior at the tender age of 12 and was baptized. Jobs and income were scarce and so Bill decided to join the Marine Corps and was sworn in at age 17 in Nashville and went to Parris Island, SC for boot camp and basic training. At 120 pounds he was slight of frame but in good shape. At times he was not sure he would make it through the training but he persevered. Following boot camp he was sent to Camp Lejune, NC and subsequently applied for overseas duty which was granted. He traveled to Treasure Island in San Francisco, CA. Soon after the group boarded a ship, no one knew where they were headed. On the 5th day of May, 1948, their ship docked at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, It was his 18th birthday. He had never been on the ocean before. He was excited and apprehensive. The views were unbelievable. There next stop was the island of Guam. To his surprise, there were no buildings in sight, only palm trees everywhere you looked. There was a road beside the dock so Bill and two others decided to follow the path through the palm trees into the village. Still yet, they were nervous because it was rumored there was still Japanese soldiers on the island. Later they learned that the enemy was still on the island but were in hiding before they were subsequently captured. The Guam people were very dark skinned and very beautiful. He also had the opportunity to see first- hand where the atomic bomb was dropped in Japan and was in China when Shan Ki Sheck was pushed out of power by Mao Se Sin. Bill was honorably discharged June 30, 1950.

After serving 3 years in the Marine Corps, Bill married Anna B. Cody and at age 22, he rededicated his life to Jesus. He became a Sunday School teacher for teenagers and later, adults. He chaired building funds at two different churches and was elected treasurer for Prince William County Council of Churches.

He started witnessing from his church and around a year later, along with a fellow church member, the two were able to lead a retired park ranger to Jesus. After that, Jesus blessed his efforts in witnessing to others. He was elected Sunday school superintendent and was ordained as a deacon in 1969.

Soon after, Jesus began to plant the idea to start a day care program. As chairman, about two years later, they began the ministry of teaching and caring for children. Additionally he was trying to figure out how to acquire a 2 acre tract of land that was adjacent to the church. The church did not have the means to buy the property. Jesus led him to think about asking the owner of the property to give the 2 acres to the church. He laughed at the thought. However, Jesus nudged him to do just that. To his surprise the owners gave the property to the church!

His next experience was at the Stonewall Memory Gardens. He was hired by the assistant manager and over 5 years worked himself up to Vice-President. He organized the county Easter Sunrise service in Stonewall Memorial Gardens which was well received.

He enjoyed that but wanted to try something else. He found himself selling home materials which were packaged as everything you need to complete a home from start to finish. That led him into contracting to finish these homes. He found himself building homes for the next 24 years. During that time he bought two small restaurants. That was a good deal. He bought some land and developed a subdivision. He built a beautiful home for his family and developed two more subdivisions. During this time of his working career, He and other contractors formed a building association and Bill served as the President of the Prince William County Builders Association, 1974 and 1975. He also added an Insurance company to his list of holdings which he later sold to his partner.

In 1980 he married his second wife Marion Myers. She had a daughter who was 5 and they added a son to their family. Marion and her mom wanted to relocate back to East Tennessee. They bought a home in Knoxville and purchased a mobile home park in Oliver Springs. He found another park in Morristown and acquired it and finally he bought a 13 acre mobile home park in Lenoir City called Rambling Acres. It had 32 older homes. Bill worked hard managing and growing the property and by 2015, he had successfully worked to grow the park to 88 homes. That same year, he sold the park but remained as a resident until the time of his death.

In Lenoir City, Bill was a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church. He loved to talk to people about his Lord, Jesus. Over the years he has witnessed to countless individuals but since 2012, he had witnessed to more than 4000 people. His message was simple…If you have accepted Jesus, you are a prince or princess, after all, you are a child of the King.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Elmer and Mitchell Harvey.

He is survived by his sons, Steve Harvey of the Philippines, Gary Harvey, of Blount Co., John Harvey, Lenoir City and adopted daughter, Melissa Harvey, Knoxville. 6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren also survive.

Services honoring and remembering Bill Harvey will be held Tuesday, Dec. 11th, 2:30 PM in the McGill Click Chapel with Rev. Brian Courtney officiating.

Entombment will be held 2:00 PM, Dec. 13th in the Mausoleum of Resthaven Memorial Gardens, 2642 Hwy 25, Dandridge, TN with military honors.

The family will receive friends 1:00 – 2:30 PM Tuesday prior to the service at McGill Click Funerals & Cremations, 1366 Hwy 72 N, Loudon. www.mcgillclick.com


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Visitation

Tuesday

11

Dec

1:00 PM 12/11/2018 1:00:00 PM - 2:30 PM 12/11/2018 2:30:00 PM
McGill Click Funerals & Cremations

1366 Highway 72 North
PO Box 301
Loudon, TN 37774

McGill Click Funerals & Cremations
1366 Highway 72 North Loudon 37774 TN
United States

Funeral

Tuesday

11

Dec

2:30 PM 12/11/2018 2:30:00 PM
McGill Click Funerals & Cremations

1366 Highway 72 North
PO Box 301
Loudon, TN 37774

McGill Click Funerals & Cremations
1366 Highway 72 North Loudon 37774 TN
United States

Interment

Thursday

13

Dec

2:00 PM 12/13/2018 2:00:00 PM
Resthaven Memorial Gardens

2642 Hwy 25
Dandridge, TN 37725

Military Honors Conferred

Resthaven Memorial Gardens
2642 Hwy 25 Dandridge 37725 TN
United States

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Resthaven Memorial Gardens Final Resting Place

2642 Hwy 25
Dandridge, TN 37725

2642 Hwy 25 Dandridge 37725 TN
United States
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