Cathy Culpepper Harvey (1950 - 2019)

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Gastonia, North Carolina

Cathy Culpepper Harvey died peacefully at home following a long illness on January 10th. Born June 24th, 1950 in Lousville, Kentucky to missionary parents, Dr. Robert and Kathleen Culpepper. She soon sailed to their missionary assignment in Fukuoka, Japan.

Cathy embraced the culture, growing up in Japan. She became fluent in the language, learned Sumei painting and ikebana flower arranging. As a teenager, she became a TV host on Japan's KBCTV, then went to on to model for Dentsu Advertising. Cathy studied art at Canadian Academy in Kobe, Japan.

Cathy came back to America to attend Hollins College in Roanoke, VA. She earned her PH Beta Kappa Key and graduated Cum Laude in studio art and art history. Over the years, Cathy's paintings found their way to many Charlotte and Gastonia homes and businesses.

Her skill as an artist was surpassed only by her love and caring as a mother, wife and home maker. Cathy is survived by her husband, Ken and six children, Shelton Wilder McCuthchen, Beau Wilder, Charlotte Harvey, Chip Harvey, Matthew Harvey, and Laurel Smith. The children blessed Cathy and Ken with six wonderful grandchildren.

Cathy also used her talents to spread a little sunshine. She conditioned event flowers, then delivered them to shut ins and nursing home residents. Never knowing a stranger, she was funny and always happy and positive.

She was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Gastonia. Cathy will be remembered a great friend and beautiful person.

A funeral service will be Wednesday, January 16, 2018 at 2:00 pm at St. Marks Episcopal Church in Gastonia with a burial at Gaston Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens or All Saints Episcopal Church, Gastonia.

Condolence messages may be sent online at www.McLeanFuneral.com. McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the Harvey family.
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Published in Charlotte Observer on Jan. 11, 2019
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