MAJ(R) Gary Elford Harvey

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MAJ(R) Gary Elford Harvey, U.S. Army, retired, 75, of Ohatchee, passed away on June 30, 2016, with his family by his side. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at 1 p.m. at K. L. Brown Memory Chapel in Golden Springs, Ala., with the Reverend Eugene Burgess and MG Gerald Watson officiating. Burial with full military honors will be held at the Maple Grove Cemetery, Alexandria, AL, following the service. The family will receive friends on July 5, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Gary is survived by his wife of 27 years, Kathy Cavender Harvey; daughters, Elizabeth Harvey Hernandez (Robert), Catherine Harvey McCluer (John) and Whitney Williamson Dishman (Todd); four grandchildren, Lindsey Erin Pointer, Caitlin Brooke McCluer, Emma Frances Pointer "Emmer" and John Woodford McCluer; one sister, Carol Harvey; special brother, Lee Hayslette and special mom, Dora Mattox. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Winnifred Harvey. Gary was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. He served in the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps from 1958 - 1961 before enlisting in the U.S. Army in May, 1961. In 1965 he was commissioned at the Infantry Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Ga. His assignments included tours in the Dominican Republic, two tours in Vietnam, Forts McClellan, Riley, Bragg, and at the Marion Military Institute as Assistant Professor of Military Science for four years. His last military assignment was as Executive Officer at the Anniston Army Depot. His military awards include: The Bronze Star Medal for Valor, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal for Heroism, Army Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross for valor and heroism, Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. He was a Special Forces, Airborne, Soldier through and through. After retirement from active duty, Gary served 25 years as an Army Civilian at Fort McClellan, where he was Operations Officer at the U.S. Army Chemical School, Deputy Director and later; Director of Plans, Training, Mobilization, Security and Reserve Component Support, Base Transition Coordinator and culminating as Site Manager of Fort McClellan after the Base Realignment and Closure. He proudly served his country for 45 years. He received his B.S. in biology from Jacksonville State University and his Masters in Education from Livingston University. He was a Life Member of the Special Forces Association and proud member of the Chemical Corps Regimental Association. He was active in the community and loved camping and traveling, which he and Kathy did for 20 years. Their love was complete and their life together was as one. Pallbearers are Mr. Robert Hernandez, LTC(R) Bob Grogan, SGM(R) Lee Hayslette, Mr. Will Henson, SGM(R) Joseph Malinowski, Mr. Kyle Medders and MAJ(R) Thomas Gattis. Honorary Pallbearers are members of the U.S. Army Special Forces Association Chapter 92, Marian Military Institute "Swamp Fox", Chemical Corps Regimental Association and Cheaha Sams Camping Club. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to the COL Ola Lee Mize Medal of Honor Chapter 92 of Special Forces Association or the MG Gerald Watson Chapter, Chemical Corps Regimental Association. Donation information will be available at the funeral home during the visitation. K.L. Brown Memory Chapel 620 Golden Springs Road Anniston, AL 36207 256-231-2334
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Anniston, AL 36207
(256) 231-2334
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Published in The Anniston Star on July 3, 2016
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