Rev. Gerald Harvey

 

Rev. Gerald Harvey

Rev. Gerald Lee Harvey was welcomed into the Lord’s home on Christ’s birthday, December 25, 2016.  Jerry was born on June 1st, 1939 in Robstown, the only son of a beautiful Christian couple, Howard Wayne and Mildred Palmer Harvey.  He grew up in Goliad  near his Magee and Ferrel first cousins, all of whom were loyal and caring friends throughout his life.

He followed his dad’s example and worked in the oilfield, but his deep voice and calm demeanor steered him toward live broadcasting.  He loved working the microphone, and he worked for many radio stations, including one that put him directly in the line of fire as he reported the Whitman UT Tower shooting.  But his greatest life-long passion was his faith.  In the 1970’s he helped build a new church and often thought of the ministry, but it wasn’t until 1997 that, like his great-grandfather who rode the Methodist circuit in North Texas on horseback, Gerald became an ordained Methodist minister.   He pastored churches in Hebronville, Oak Meadow, Nixon, Dilley, and Utopia.  At age 77 he retired, but he was called back and appointed to help with two small churches in Pettus and Pawnee. He dutifully made the long drive until just a few weeks prior to his passing, when his COPD simply made it impossible.

Reverend Harvey was a proud Mason, an accomplished artist, and despite his thin frame, he was a man who knew how to build, weld, plumb, wire, repair, and restore just about anything.

He is survived by his loving wife Karen and her children, daughter Rene’ and her husband Donald Hardy, son Larry Edward Harvey, and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Services will be held Friday, December 30, 2016 at the Hurley Funeral Home in Pleasanton at 2 p.m.

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