John Thomas Harvey passed away at UT Medical Center on October 19, 2020 after a brief illness. Born on December 30, 1955, he was the third child of the late Claude Smith “Sonny” Harvey Jr. and Maxine Brown Harvey. John graduated from Oliver Springs High School and went on to Tennessee Tech University where he was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. While taking his college courses, John also became certified as an Emergency Medical Technician and worked for the Putnam & Anderson County Ambulance Services. He graduated in 1977 with a degree in Business Management.
John returned home and began working full-time at Harvey’s Furniture and Appliance. Following in his father’s footsteps, John managed all the day-to-day operations. John was a member of the Oliver Springs Police Department/Auxiliary for 41 years and a faithful member of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church.
A lifelong resident of Oliver Springs, John was always civic-minded. From Eagle Scout projects to being a member of the volunteer fire department, John was always helping his beloved community. Most of the students from the local school knew Mr. Harvey from his time working security for all the sporting events. In his later years, John was a member of the Roane County 911 Emergency Board. When his community needed him, he consistently answered the call.
John is preceded in death by his parents, C.S. Harvey, Jr. and Jennie M. Harvey; an infant child; grandson, Sullivan Rowe; his brother, C.S. “Buster” Harvey III; nephew, Johnathan Patterson; and great-niece, Brenna Whedbee.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Donetta Haynes Harvey; daughters, Rebecca Harvey Rowe (Chris) and Katelyn Harvey; grandsons, Silas and Lofton Rowe; sisters, Claudia Patterson and Donna Whedbee (Joe); mother-in-law, Becky Melton; father-in-law, Ross Haynes (Joanetta); nephews, Michael Whedbee (Beth) and Mark Whedbee (Amanda); niece: Shea Raper (Kevin); great nieces, Sydney, Allison, and Ava; great-nephews, Caden, Parker, and Cole; lifelong friend, Dennis Mitchell; as well as countless aunts, cousins, and close friends.
Services will be held at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church in Oliver Springs on Thursday, October 22nd at 7:00PM with Pastor Matt Reed and Pastor Garvan Walls officiating. The family will not be present due to possible safety concerns, but a visitation will be held before the service from 6:00-7:00PM. Graveside service will be at Oliver Springs Cemetery on Friday, October 23 at 11:00AM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Mount Pisgah Baptist Church Print Shop or Missionary Fund. The family respectfully requests that masks be worn and appropriate social distancing be observed and maintained during the services in order to ensure the health and safety of all in attendance. John dedicated his life to these two priorities, and the family wants to honor his commitment. Premier Sharp Funeral Home in Oliver Springs is honored to serve the Harvey family. A message of condolence may be left for the family at www.sharpfh.com
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