Claude Smith "Buster" Harvey III

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Claude Smith "Buster" Harvey III passed away at his home on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018.
Born on May 5, 1960, he was the youngest child of the late Claude Smith "Sonny" Harvey Jr.  and Maxine Brown Harvey, both of Oliver Springs. Buster graduated from Oliver Springs High School in 1978 and went on to the University of Tennessee. While at UT, he was very active in his fraternity Pi Kappa Phi and remained very close to his fraternity brothers until his death. After graduating with a degree in business administration in 1982, Buster remained a "Vol for Life" and could often be found cheering on his team at Neyland Stadium and Thompson-Boling Arena. Buster was very involved in numerous civic activities, both in Oliver Springs and in Knoxville, where he lived. He especially loved his work with the Oliver Springs Historical Society, as he was interested in sharing the genealogy and history of his town.
Buster loved to travel and enjoyed taking his friends on tours of New York City to see all the latest Broadway shows. Buster was co-owner of Harvey's Furniture, where he worked all of his life, and would often be the first to greet customers as soon as they walked in the door. He was known for his loving manner, kind smile and generous heart, and was truly a friend to all. Though a lifelong member of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, Buster also worshipped with dear friends and relatives at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church in Knoxville. Buster is preceded in death by his parents, Claude Smith Harvey Jr. and Jennie Maxine Brown Harvey; nephew, Johnathan Gary Patterson; great-niece, Brenna Joy Whedbee; and great-nephew, Sullivan Thomas Rowe.
He is survived by two sisters, Claudia Maxine Harvey Patterson and Donna Maria Harvey Whedbee and husband Joe; brother, John Thomas Harvey and wife Donetta; nephews, Joseph Michael Whedbee and wife Beth and John Mark Whedbee and wife Amanda; nieces, Jennie Shea Patterson Raper and husband Kevin, Rebecca Ann Harvey Rowe and husband Chris and Katelyn Elizabeth Harvey; great-nieces, Claudia Sydney, Allison Grace and Ava Kathryn; great-nephews, Caden Michael, Parker Guy, Cole White and Silas Gray; as well as countless cousins, honorary nieces and nephews and close friends.
Services were held at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, Oliver Springs, on Saturday, Feb. 24. The family received friends from 5 to 8 p.m. with the funeral services to follow. A graveside service was held at the Oliver Springs Cemetery at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25. In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to the Oliver Springs Historical Society or the printing ministry of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church. Premier Sharp Funeral Home, Oliver Springs, is in charge of arrangements. An online register is available at
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Published in Roane County News on Feb. 24, 2018
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