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William Young Harvey


1931 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
William Young Harvey Obituary
William Young Harvey passed away peacefully Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. Service: A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church, Fort Worth. Memorials: Donations may be made to the Presbyterian Night Shelter in Fort Worth, Texas. Bill Harvey was born Nov. 26, 1931, in Cartersville, Ga., to Octavia Young Harvey and David Donaldson Harvey. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1954 with a BBA in business administration. Afterwards, he served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force from 1954-1957. Bill moved to Dallas in 1959 and married Patty Mays Cartwright in 1960. He started Harvey Properties, a real estate investment firm, in Fort Worth in 1961, and quickly became known as the expert on raw land investments in Tarrant County. Active in his community, Bill served on the board of directors for Fort Worth National Bank, Greenwood Cemetery and was a longstanding member of the Exchange Club of Fort Worth. Bill spearheaded the effort to bring the Federal Bureau of Engraving and Printing to north Fort Worth and donated the 100 acres that the facility operates on today. He also served on the Advisory Board of Directors for Food for the Hungry, a worldwide support organization headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz. Bill fondly remembered the summers he spent as a lifeguard at Daytona Beach before moving to Texas. While he eventually began to consider himself a Texan, Bill enjoyed many trips back to Georgia over the years. He loved Georgia Bulldog football, hog hunting with his cousins in the Georgia and Tennessee mountains and especially quail hunting in south Georgia with his best of friends. He also spent many wonderful summers with his family at Lost Valley Ranch in Colorado. Bill spent much of his free time "hitting golf balls" and generally hanging out at River Crest Country Club, which was like his second home. In fact, six months after he moved into his house on Carleton Avenue, he was asked how the water pressure was in his shower. He responded: "You know, I really have no idea, but it is outstanding at River Crest." Bill was a huge fan of Texas Ranger baseball. He and six other partners (including Brad Corbett) headed up the group that bought the team in 1973 and he sold his stock in 1988. Bill was also one of longest-tenured season ticket holders. He had a great passion for life and treated every day as a new adventure. He was known for his love for fishing, hunting and golf, and for always helping others less fortunate than himself. Bill truly never met a stranger, and looked at every person as his equal. From a homeless person to a CEO of a Fortune 500 company, everyone was the same in his book. The family would like to thank Trish Barbee and Keith Young for their kindness and compassion during Bill's last few years. Both were always there to support Bill and his family through the good times and the bad times- and always with a smile! Survivors: Four children, Octavia Harvey Leifeste and her husband, Bill, Bourke Cartwright Harvey and his wife, Stephanie, William Young Harvey Jr. and his wife, Kate, Holman Matthew Cartwright Harvey and his wife, Shelly; his half brother and sister, David Harvey of Rome, Ga., and Ludie White of Chapel Hill, N.C.; 11 grandchildren, Will and Claire Leifeste, Reynolds, Meryl, Gus and Tave Harvey, Madison, Will and Josie Harvey and Hayden and Alex Harvey.
Published in Star-Telegram from Nov. 11 to Nov. 12, 2013
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