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Town of Poughkeepsie - On the morning of April 24, 2014, Harvey Lee Everhardt, was promoted from earthly sorrows to heavenly rewards, at home surrounded by his loving family, at the age of 79 years old. He was born October 9, 1934 to the late Walter and Alice Jackson Everhardt in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
Harvey was educated in the New York City School District. In 1952, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. While in the USAF, he formed the Sentinals, a singing group, who appeared on Television thru-out England. He was a successful Prize fighter and was a Welter-Weight Champion. After serving his country for four years he received an Honorable discharge. After his tour of duty he was employed at New York University.
In 1958, he relocated to Poughkeepsie, NY and was a long time resident. He was employed at The Hudson River Psychiatric Center, as a Kitchen Assistant, after which he was soon promoted to the position of Head Cook, retiring from that position in October 20, 1988.
On August 19, 1961, Harvey married the love of his life Gwendolyn (Gwen) Bellamy. To this union they became proud parents of three loving children.
Harvey was also in the entertainment business. He formed a singing group, The Tamaneers, who preformed primarily in New York City area, including such clubs as : Marie's, Tropical Inn, and the world famous Apollo Theatre. In the 1960's The Tamaneers recorded a record entitled "Be Anything But Be Mine".
He had a passion for sports and played Semi-Pro football for the N.Y. Ravens. His favorite Pro-Football team was the Pittsburgh Steelers. His love for sports motivated him to start a semi-pro football team in Poughkeepsie area called The Crusaders, and later known as The Diplomats.
Harvey was a Pop-Warner Football Coach for over 30 years, mostly in the City and Town of Poughkeepsie. His teams were The Pioneers and The Hudson Valley Knights. He won three Mid-Hudson Conference Championships consecutively and two back to back Division Three Eastern regional titles. He stressed Academics and had high standards for his players. Harvey loved his youth and became a volunteer Youth Counselor in the community churches and schools. He also taught boxing at the YMCA and the local boxing club on Catharine Street.
In 1967, he established The Poughkeepsie Tighten-Up, a Precision Drill Team, starting with ten members and increased to over 300 youth, and won many honors, thru-out the East Coast of the USA.
Harvey was an active member of the Beulah Baptist Church of Poughkeepsie. There he served and sang in the Men's Choir and member of the Men's ministry until his health prevented him from serving. He started the BBC Tighten-Up Precision Drill Team.
He will be lovingly remembered by his loving wife Gwendolyn (Gwen), (2)sons Rickie Mallory of NYC, Harvey Todd Everhardt of Poughkeepsie; (3) daughters, Janeen Everhardt-Thomas (Robert) of Albany, NY, Tricia Everhardt of Highland, NY and Beverly Anthony-Robinson(Rev. Robinson) New Windsor, NY (2) granddaughters, Janea Thompson of Poughkeepsie, NY, Chelsea Thompson of Albany, NY; grandson Todd Anthony Everhardt of Poughkeepsie;(6) sisters Lola Gourdine of Ossining, NY, Kathleen Duncan of Panama City, FL, Cheryl Chapman(Kenneth) of Adelphi, MD, Valerie Lawrence of Las Vegas, NV, Lally Salz (Jon) of Pomona, NY and Vannece Carter of Haverstraw, NY. A host of nieces , nephews, other relatives and many friends.
He was predeceased by his mother Alice Jackson-Everhardt, father Walter Everhardt and adopted mother Beryl Thomas;(3) brothers Nathaniel Everhardt, Marshall and Ewart Thomas;(2) sisters Desti Jackson and Ianthe Thomas.
In lieu of flowers the family request donations made to Hudson Valley Hospice Foundation 374 Violet Avenue Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.
Harvey will lay in repose 6-8pm Thursday, May 1, at Beulah Baptist Church 92 Catharine Street Poughkeepsie. Calling hour 10-11am Friday May 2, with services to begin 11am at the church. Reverend Jessie V. Bottoms officiating. Entombment in the Community mausoleum at Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery, Poughkeepsie.
Professional services entrusted to Rhodes Funeral Homes 43 Fairview Avenue Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. " Committed To Being The Very Best". Call us anytime at 452-2894 or 452-6143
Rhodes Funeral Home
43 Fairview Avenue Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from Apr. 30 to May 2, 2014