Harvey Hibits Harkins went to his heavenly home on Nov. 16, 2021. Harvey was born in Galveston on March 7, 1936, to Beulah Irene and Vyron Vernon Harkins. He moved to San Antonio when he was 18-months-old.
Harvey attended Sam Houston and Brackenridge High Schools where he was a member of the National Honor Society and graduated in 1954. He continued his education at the University of Texas in Austin, the University of Houston and Houston Baptist University. He was known for his wisdom and was a great debater who could argue one side of an issue and then flip and argue the opposite side. He married the love of his life, Edwina Cheatham, in 1956, at Whitsett Baptist Church. He often told of how he began praying for his future wife when he was just a teenager and how God had answered that prayer with Edwina. They lived in San Antonio, Houston and have resided in Whitsett since 1998. Harvey worked for 31 years for General Motors Parts Division and retired from GM in 1987.
Harvey accepted Christ as Lord and Savior of his life at a young age at Riverside Baptist Church in San Antonio. He faithfully followed his Lord in love and service. He taught his family to love God, to honor Him with their tithes and to faithfully serve in the local church. He served as a deacon at Sharpstown Baptist Church when living in Houston and later as a deacon at Whitsett Baptist Church. At Sharpstown Baptist, he worked in numerous Sunday School teaching positions from the nursery to the youth. He also went as a sponsor on many youth mission trips.
For over three decades, Harvey enjoyed pitching for the Sharpstown Baptist Church Men’s Softball Team. Annually, he assisted his daughter, Deborah, with the SBC Fall Festival. He was a role model to all who knew him. He valued honesty and integrity and believed in doing what is right no matter the cost. He never shied away from lending a helping hand. His generosity and forgiving nature have blessed so many in the family, at the church and around the world. His nonjudgmental and compassionate nature showed as he led his family to assemble bags for the homeless at Christmas instead of exchanging gifts. The family then handed these bags out all over the Houston area to those in need.
Harvey was interested in behavioral sciences and worked in management and leadership for most of his career at General Motors. Additionally, he enjoyed designing and building his homes. In 1960, he designed his home in San Antonio. He also designed and built his first house in Whitsett, which was hit by lightning and destroyed by fire in 1997. Unfettered by the loss, he began building his second home at the same location immediately after the fire. As in many other circumstances, his faith was exemplified in how he reacted to tragedy and provided a witness of how believers receive peace from God. He often said, “The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord!” Harvey’s creativity was also demonstrated in his car designs, poetry, authorship of the book, “A More Interesting Line” and in the numerous school projects he helped his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren complete. He was clever, known to be able to fix anything and had a wonderful sense of humor to the very end.
Harvey is survived by his wife, Dr. Edwina Harkins of Whitsett, five children, Sharee Jayne Cantrell, Michael Jeffery Harkins, Deborah Snow Fitzhugh, Brigitte Dawn Parker and November Autumn Concepcion and their spouses, Craig Fitzhugh, Gordon Parker and Ricardo Concepcion. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren, Suzanne Hickey and spouse Jon, Brooke Cable and spouse Billy, Garrett Cantrell and spouse Dalon, Chad Harkins and spouse Natalie, Adam Harkins, Heath Fitzhugh and spouse Summer, Brandy Kelske and spouse Frank, Jenifer Whitaker and spouse Matthew, Travis Parker, Alicia Lima and spouse Charlie, Cheyenne Shores and spouse Tre, Christi Siegel and spouse McKay, Sheryl Parker, Alex Concepcion, Isabella Concepcion and Elisa Concepcion, Additionally, he is survived by 41 great-grandchildren, Christian Hickey, Jillian Hickey, Morgan Hickey, Greyson Hickey, Chase Cable, Haylee Cable, Landon Cantrell, Alyvia Cantrell, Silas Harvey Cantrell, Rosaleigh Cantrell, Jake Harkins, Ryan Harkins, Charlee Harkins, Joleen Harkins, Mitchell King, Maison King, Madie King, Jaidon Harkins, Jace Harkins, Craig “Jr.” Fitzhugh, Kaydence Fitzhugh, Kaleesi Fitzhugh, Kylie Hays and spouse Zechariah, Jacob Kelske, Jaxon Kelske, Jeremy Fitzhugh, Sydney White, Samantha Grimminger, Jenna Whitaker, Hurley Parker, Romee Parker, Cate Lima, Anderson Lima, Chip Lima, Ames Harvey Lima, Andi Edwina Shores, Izzy Shores, Rory Shores, Fletcher Siegel, Cora Siegel, Bruce Valdez and Valentina Valdez.
Celebration of life was held at Whitsett Baptist Church on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, at 2 p.m. A private interment for family was held at Cheatham Cemetery.