Reverend Orville L. Harvey

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Reverend Orville L. Harvey

PRINCETON Reverend Orville L. Harvey, 94, of the Havens, died peacefully early Sunday morning, August 5, 2018 at his residence and is now resting in peace, awaiting the Glorious Appearance of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Born May 14, 1924, at Flat Top, he was the son of the late Joseph Crockett Harvey and Ada Florence McBride Harvey.
He was a graduate of Spanishburg High School, and a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army and a part of General Patton's 3rd Army. Mr. Harvey began his career with U. S. Steel Coal Company in August of 1942 and remained with them until his retirement in October of 1971.
He was called to the ministry in 1947 and was ordained in October of 1949. In his early ministries, he held tent revivals on the Welch-Pineville Road and organized Sunday School throughout the area. In 1954, he and his wife began cottage prayer meetings in homes around Princeton. In June of 1956, they assisted with organizing the Princeton Advent Christian Church on Prince Street, Princeton. There he pastored for some 35 years and then ministered in surrounding areas for many years thereafter.
He served as President of the Pocahontas Conference for more than 25 years and was President of the Appalachian Region for 6 years. Pastor Harvey served on the Executive Council for 6 years and the Judicial Committee for 11 years. He also served as Chairman of the Conference of Ministerial Association for 5 years and a Deacon for the Conference. He was Past Chairman of the Princeton Ministerial Association and had served as Chairman of the Chaplain Committee for Princeton Community Hospital.
Pastor Harvey was loved by all who knew him and respected by his peers and family. He was devoted to his Lord and Savior, his family, and friends and will be remembered for making people laugh and smile with his practical jokes.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by the love of his life, his precious wife of 66 years, Alma Allison Gross Harvey, along with his 4 brothers. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
He will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his two devoted daughters and their husbands: Anne "Florence Anne" & Jim Smith of Roanoke, VA, Karen & David Hall of Princeton, special nephew, Von Peery & wife Jan of North Aurora, IL, 7 grandchildren: Andrea Starosciak, Matthew "Matt" (Anne) Smith, Allison (Chris) Hall, D.J. (Sarah) Hall, Caleb, Mollie & Xander Peery, 8 great grandchildren: Lily & Grace Starosciak, Evelyn & Elaine Smith, Natalie & Micah Hall, Annalee & Morgan Hall. Along with a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
On Thursday, August 9, 2018, at 11:00 A.M. we will celebrate the life of Pastor Orville L. Harvey from the Advent Christian Church on Prince Street, Princeton with Pastors Rob Buchanan & Joe Pritchett officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton.
Friends may visit with the family Wednesday evening from 5 until 7 P.M. at the funeral home and one hour prior to services at the Church.
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Serving as pallbearers will be Gene Hudkins, Gordan Graham, Von Peery, Matt Smith, D.J. Hall & Chris Hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Advent Christian Church, c/o Building Fund, P.O. Box 48, Princeton, WV 24740.
The Harvey family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory & Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.
Published on August 6, 2018
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Pamela Harvey Sartin
Aug 13, 2018
I met Reverend Harvey at the Christian Advent Church and he later baptized me some 50-55 years ago. I always though a lot of him. I just recently found his name in the book for my father's funeral when I was 8 mos old along with Harold Okes. Later finding out that they knew each other when they were young. It's a small world because Florence you and I ran around a lot during school years. I know you will miss your father. I did not get to the service because I am in Delaware now.
Debbie Pauley Parsell
Aug 08, 2018
I met your father at PCH. He new my Dad from U S Steel in Gary. He married my husband and I 42 years ago. He was a wonderful man.
Violet Waldron
Aug 08, 2018
Condolences goes out to the Harvey family: I was in the church many times back in the late 60's.
Sondra (Blasher) Stamper
Aug 07, 2018
My sincere condolences to the Harvey family. I remember Rev. Harvey very well from the time I was a little girl growing up in Gary, WV. He was my Papaw's (Jess Walden) best friend and in later life I would go to the Advent Christian Church with him on Sundays to hear Rev. Harvey preach. He was a wonderful man loved by the Walden and Blasher family. They have all gone to heaven now and will welcome Rev. Harvey with open arms as he enters the Golden Gates of Heaven.
Jack robbins
Aug 07, 2018
I remember pastor Harvey praying with my mother at Princeton community hospital go rest high on that mountain
Aug 06, 2018
u know u guys need to get over it and let him rest in piece
John & Sandi Lawrence
Aug 06, 2018
Darlene and John Worrell
Aug 06, 2018
Rev. Harvey married us over 30 years ago. He was such a kind and gentle man with so much joy. We are so sorry to hear of his passing. Our thought and prayers are with you all.