Mr. Herman L. Harvell, 74, of 19722 Flatfoot Road, Dinwiddie, Va., entered into eternal rest early Saturday morning, July 12, 2014, at Sitter and Barfoot Veterans Care Center in Richmond, Va. He was born May 6, 1940, to the late Charlie and Charity Dickerson Harvell. He was the youngest of 11 children. He was preceded in death by five brothers: Leander, John, Charlie, Robert, and James; four sisters: Mary, Flossie, Lillie and Estelle.
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At an early age, Herman was baptized at Olive Branch Baptist Church, Dinwiddie, Va. He completed the eighth grade in the Dinwiddie County Public School System. Herman served in the U.S. Army from 1961-1964 during the time of the Berlin build-up in Germany. While working at McWilliams Forge in Rockaway, N.J., he became certified in air conditioning, refrigeration and heating from Lincoln University in Newark, N.J.. After relocating to South Hill, Va., he earned his GED and started his own business, "Lee Harvell's Appliance Service". After closing his business, he became employed at Powhatan Correctional Center in Powhatan, Va., and then transferred to Mecklenburg County Correctional Center in Boydton, Va., where he excelled to the rank of sargeant before retiring in 1995.
Herman leaves to cherish his memories: one sister, Glenis R. Warren of Wyncote, Pa.; four daughters, Julia Rives (James) of Petersburg, Va., Desiree Roberts (Davis Jr.) of Callao, Va., Angela Harvell–Moore of Chesapeake, Va., and Lydia Harvell of Colonial Heights, Va.; one stepdaughter, Cynthia Booker of Petersburg, Va.; four grandchildren, James C. Rives, Jermontra Moore, Ashley Roberts, Diamond Roberts; two stepgrandchildren, Dejanee Walton and Marquis Smith. He is also survived by Gloria Booze Harvell; Mary Booker Harvell; Hazel Wynn Parham, a close friend; a host of nieces; nephews; cousins; other relatives; and special friends, including Willie Thorne, Lewis Satterwhite, Juanita and Spencer Dickens, Junior Ridley and Lee Henderson.
A celebration of life will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 17, 2014, with the Rev. Herbert Anderson officiating at Little Zion Baptist Church, 24603 Little Zion Road, Carson, Va. The interment will follow at Crestview Memorial Park, 18599 Highway One North, La Crosse, Va. A wake will be held at Petersburg Chapel-Joseph M. Johnson and Son Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 16, from 6-7 p.m. Additional viewing will be at the church on the day of the funeral from 10–11 a.m. The family can be contacted at 804-732-2267 or 804-704-0346.
Funeral services entrusted to Joseph M. Johnson and Son Funeral Home, 530 S. Sycamore St., Petersburg, Va., 804-863-4411.
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Published in The Progress-Index from July 14 to July 15, 2014