Harvey III, King

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King Harvey III (a.k.a. Junie) peacefully made his transitional journey from life temporal to life eternal while a patient at Shadyside Hospital at 6:01 a.m. on August 10, 2008, after his battle with cancer was completed.

King Harvey III, 45, was born and raised in New River, Va., by the union of his parents, King Harvey Jr. and Agnes (Shirley) Harvey. King had four other siblings. His family and close friends affectionately knew him as “Junie.”

As a child, King developed his love for football and began playing midget football. He was educated through the Pulaski County School System and graduated from Pulaski County High School. He ran track and played basketball and football while in high school. Based on his phenomenal athletic ability, King earned a full-college scholarship and attended West Virginia University (WVU) from 1981 to 1985. He graduated with a BS degree in physical education. While in college he played football, based on his accomplishments, gained notoriety, and became “the local celebrity” in town. King established just about every offensive record in the books for a running back, and most of those records still stand. King received many awards and recognitions including four collegiate rings. King Harvey III was an “Athlete Extraordinaire.”

King confessed his belief and love for Christ at an early age and was a member of First Missionary Baptist Church in New River, Va. When he moved to Pittsburgh, he joined and was a current and faithful member of the Mount Ararat Baptist Church in Pittsburgh, Pa. As his last days were nearing, King said, “If God is ready for me, then I am ready to go home. Because there is no place like home.”

King moved to Pittsburgh, Pa., in April 1999 after he met the love of his life, Vicki Jones, affectionately known to King as “Pretty.” King and Vicki were united in marriage on August 12, 2000. King worked in the social work field as a teacher and counselor at Pressley Ridge and Fayette Resources in Pittsburgh, Pa.

King loved his family and was best known for his southern hospitality and for making friends and family ‘feel right at home.’ He made it a point to always check up on everyone “to make sure that they were alright.” He loved working out and keeping his body in good, physical condition and he won many awards and trophies for weight lifting. He took great pride in making sure that his home was well taken care of and always made sure that his yard was perfectly manicured. King loved cooking his favorite southern dishes, pork chops, beans and greens.

King Harvey III left behind to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Vicki Jones Harvey, of Pittsburgh, Pa.; parents, King Harvey Jr., of Washington, D.C., and Agnes (Shirley) Harvey, of Radford, Va.; daughter, Chateria Harvey, of Atlanta, Ga.; stepson, Shon Reed, of Pittsburgh, Pa.; sisters, Charlene Jones, of Radford, Va., and Marcindy (Kevin) Harris, of Washington, D.C.; brother, Jeff Harvey, of Radford, Va.; sister, Teresa (William) Blake, of New River, Va.; grandmother, Thelma Jean Harvey, of Washington, D.C.; aunt, Delores Moore Harvey, of Washington, D.C.; devoted uncles, Van Pettus, of Radford, Va., and Charles E. Pettus, of Glasgow, Va.; in-laws, Victor and Lillie Mae Jones, of Pittsburgh, Pa.; brother-in-laws, Shawn and Steven Jones, of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and a host of many other relatives and friends.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Mrs. Lillie Jones, mother-in-law, Coach Hicks, Coach Nehlem, Clarence Carlos II and Nancy Johnson for their continued love and support during King’s illness and the important part they played in his life.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, August 16, 2008, at First Missionary Baptist Church, New River, Va., with the Rev. Montie E. Brown Sr. officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, August 15, 2008, at the church.

The Harvey family is in the care of Penn’s Funeral Home, Pulaski, Va.