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Harvey Lewis Elmore

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Harvey Lewis Elmore, 69, died March 9, 2013, at his residence in Panama City Beach surrounded by his loving family and friends. Lewis was born in Geneva, Ala., to the late Harvey H. and Alma Mosley Elmore in 1943. Shortly after he was born, he moved to Graceville, Fla., where he was raised. He received a master's degree from Troy State University. He later taught school and coached football and basketball in Green Cove Springs, Fla., then later taught in Bonifay, Fla. Lewis was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Panama City Beach. During his lifetime he taught adult Sunday school classes and helped establish a Christian day care center. He also had a special gift where he often knew of others needs even before they asked and fulfilled them promptly. He had a passion for making sure that all church grounds always were well groomed and pleasing to our Heavenly Father. Lewis retired as an operations research systems analyst and deputy director of an aviation testing directorate from the Civil Service in 2003 after 30 years of service. He continues to help others even in his passing by donating his body to MedCure for full body research.
Other than his parents, Lewis was preceded in death by his brother, John Milton Elmore.
Lewis is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Jane Whittaker Elmore of Panama City Beach, Fla.; two daughters, Marcy Dixon, and husband, Eddie, of Bonifay, Fla., and Kelley Sawyer and husband, Sean, of Athens, Ga.; two sons, Kevin Powell and wife, Jennifer, of Enterprise, Ala., and Jason Powell and wife, Abby, of Dallas, Texas; two special nephews, Todd Helms and wife, Angie, of Panama City, Fla., and Toby Pridgen and wife, Dana, of Daphne, Ala.; two sisters, Jeannette Nicholson of Birmingham, Ala., and Helen Swanner and husband, John, of Dothan, Ala.; a brother, Wayne Elmore and wife, Jane, of Panama City Beach, Fla.; six grandchildren, Eli and Jordan Dixon of Bonifay, Fla., Trey and Braden Powell of Samson Ala., Matthew Powell of Dallas, Texas, and Aubrey Sawyer of Athens, Ga.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Panama City Beach, Fla., with the Rev. Buford Senn and the Rev. Jerry Moore officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Research Association or to Covenant Hospice Panama City in his memory.
The family would like to say a special thanks to Covenant Hospice and to Dr. Vickie Harrell and her staff.
Southerland Family
Funeral Homes
100 E. 19th St.
Panama City, Fla. 32405
850-785-8532
Published in Panama City News Herald on Mar. 11, 2013
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