John J Harvell

Published 11:00 pm Friday, September 6, 2013

John J Harvell, age 79, of Troy, AL passed away, Thursday, September 5, 2013 at home.

Funeral services will be held, Monday, September 9, 2013 at 11:00 am from First United Methodist Church of Troy with Reverends Steve Winton and Reverend Jim Dannelly officiating.

Burial will follow in Green Hills Cemetery with Dillard Funeral Home of Troy directing.

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Visitation will be held Sunday, September 8, 2013 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm  at Dillard Funeral Home in Troy.

Mr. Harvell was born May 7, 1934 to Lewis E. and Sadie Morgan Harvell in Wilcox County, Alabama.  In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brothers, Lewis D. Harvell, William P. Harvell and sister Ruby H. Thames. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jo Johnson Harvell, a son, J Johnson Harvell, and a daughter, Jennifer Jill Moncrief (Tim), grandchildren, Jordan Harvell, Jackson Massey, Kohner Massey, Jessica Moncrief, Dawson Moncrief and Zachary Moncrief; brothers, Cecil Harvell (Stella), Joe Harvell (Martha), sisters, Mary Warner, Ann Allen (Wendell), Sadie Pugh (Keith), Sandra Rogers (Jack), sister in laws; Louise Harvell, Mary Johnson, brother in law, Manley Johnson (Mary), as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and 3 great, great nieces and nephews.

Mr. Harvell attended Wilcox Elementary and High School, attended Troy State Teachers College, graduated from Alabama Polytechnic Institute in Agricultural Science and received an MBA from Troy State University.  Mr. Harvell owned and operated Alabama Pest Services, served as President of the Alabama Pest Control Association, was on the Board of Directors of the National Pest Control Association and the Board of Directors of the Auburn University Agriculture Alumni Association.

Mr. Harvell retired after 34 years of service as LT. Col. in the Alabama National Guard.

He was Scout Master of Troop 41 of the Boy Scouts of America for years, serviced on the Alabama Florida Council and received the Silver Beaver award.

Mr. Harvell was a member of Troy First United Methodist Church, was counselor for MYF and Older Youth, taught the Wesley McCartha Class and was a historian for the church.

Mr. Harvell was a member of the Troy Lions Club, served as president and was a Melvin Jones Fellow. He coached youth baseball.  Mr. Harvell was awarded Man of the Year for Pike County in 1981.

Pallbearers will be nephews. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Wesley McCarrtha Class and the 81 Supper Club.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations my be made to First United Methodist Church, 213 North 3 Notch, Troy, Al 36081or Pike County Relay for Life/American Cancer Society, 104 Kaye Lane, Troy, AL 36079