Robert Marsh Harvey of Newland, North Carolina, died Friday, June 8, 2018.

Bob was born May 18, 1926 in Danville, Virginia to LeRoy George and Gladys Marsh Harvey.

Bob is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mabel Marie Stout Harvey, sister Margaret (Peggy) Hudson of Danville, VA, daughters Gwendolyn Boesch of White Lake, MI and Gaylene and husband David Petcu of Newland, NC. Bob also leaves behind two grandchildren, Matthew and wife Raeyanna Boesch of Highland, MI and Lisa Wiley and husband Jeffrey of Milford, MI, along with three great-grandchildren, Lilah Boesch, Landyn and Ava Wiley, as well as many nieces and nephews.

After serving as a radio technician in San Diego, CA during World War II, Bob returned to civilian life and a career in radio and television. As he mentioned in his memoirs, he found Mabel waiting for him on top of Table Rock Mountain in North Carolina. He relocated with her to St. Louis, MO to begin their married life and raise a family. For many years he was devoted to service and advocacy for Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC) clearing trails, “bashing” briars on the mountain balds, leading hikes and creating an informational tailgate display at Carver’s Gap on Roan Mountain. Bob was grateful to twice receive SAHC’s Volunteer of the Year award. Upon retiring, Bob found volunteer opportunities both in St. Louis and Avery County, North Carolina where he and Mabel moved in 2003. He worked with children in Mabel’s first grade classroom and served as sound technician at Walnut Grove Church.

Bob’s interests through the years included a lifelong love of bluegrass music, especially any version of “Lee Highway Blues”, all things related to geology, trains, the Brown Mountain Lights, photography, coin and stamp collecting, Scrabble and more.

Funeral arrangements are private. Memorials in Bob’s name to Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC) or Walnut Grove Church are most appreciated.

SAHC
372 Merrimon Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801
or
https://appalachian.org

Walnut Grove
55 Lipps Lane
Newland, NC 28657

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