Harvie Lee Oliver Jr., 72 of Lower Burrell, transitioned peacefully into the arms of his heavenly father on Friday, April 28, 2023, at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, surrounded by his loving family. Born February 25, 1951, in New Kensington, he lived in New Kensington area his entire life. Harvie was a member of Bibleway Christian Fellowship Church, where he faithfully attended in his later years.
Harvie enjoyed living life to the fullest. His infectious smile and generosity touched the heart, soul, and spirit of everyone he met. He was one of the kindest people you could ever meet.
Harvie was a member of several social clubs where he perfected his pool game and tried to hustle you out of your money. He enjoyed listening to music and played bass guitar with the band, “Senior Moments” and several other bands over the years. In addition, he enjoyed watching the Pittsburgh Steelers, completing sudoku puzzles, playing cards, backgammon, and chess with his friends and family. Harvie also liked spending time at the river looking for crayfish, so he could catch “that big fish.” Most importantly, he enjoys spending time and playing with his great-grandchildren.
Harvie was a 1970 graduate of Valley High School. The stories of his athletic prowess are legendary in the Alle-Kiski area. He has held various track and field records, while at least one remains unbroken to this day. You would often hear stories of him jumping out of the long jump pit or do something extraordinary on an athletic field. He was an all-around naturally gifted athlete.
Harvie was preceded in death by his parents, Harvie Lee Oliver Sr., in 2004; Eunice (Furr) Oliver in 2005; and a niece Tara G. Rowe in 2001.
Survivors include six children, LeeAnn (Shawn) Cunningham of Lower Burrell; Gayly (Joseph) Crawford of Gibsonia; Harvie (Lucretia) Oliver of Dumfries, VA; April (Brandon) Green of Ravena, NY; DeDeshia (Kevin) Trammell-Mariner of New Kensington; and Wyatt “Tony” (Stephanie) Newton of Pittsburgh, three brothers, James (Irene) of Seattle, WA; Hollin “Tommy” (Carina) West of New Kensington, Wally (Debbie) Dorsey of New Kensington; and three sisters, Regina (Larry) Rowe of Arnold; Carol (Darryl) Daughtry of Pittsburgh; and Lamonica “Cherokee” Fields of Creighton; 23 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren and one on the way; Long time partner Yvonne “Sue” Jackson; and 3 additional grandchildren that he loved like his own.
Viewing will be Thursday, May 4, 2023, from 2-4 & 6-8 PM in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington. A funeral service will be held Friday, May 5, at 2PM at Bibleway Christian Fellowship Church, 504 Eighth Street, New Kensington. Rev. Mitchel Nickols will officiate. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. Anyone attending the service is asked to go directly to the church.