Carl "Gene" Harvey, 81, of Effingham, IL passed away at 7:55 p.m., Thursday, October 11, 2018 at Effingham Rehab and Nursing in Effingham, IL. He was born in Herald, IL on July 16, 1937 the son of Charles Bernard and Mayme Lucille (Williams) Harvey. Gene married Shirley Ann Bozarth on December 25, 1954 and she preceded him in death on March 17, 2015.
Gene started his career in the grocery business at the age of 16 at Boren’s Grocery Store in Carmi. He went on work for Martin and Bayley, Big Star and Big John stores. Gene moved to Salem, IL and helped manage numerous grocery stores in Southern Illinois. He also worked a short time with the U.S. Postal Service. Gene was a member of the First Baptist Church in Effingham, and had been a member of the Mt. Vernon Jaycees. Gene also loved to work in his flower garden.
Gene is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Angie and Dan Nance and Karla and Chris Roberts all of Springfield; two sisters, Dorothy Murphy and Patsy (John) Atkins, both of Norris City; four grandchildren, Ryan and Zachary Thoroman of Effingham and Jimmy (Macie) Kirgan, Jr.of Effingham, and Stephanie Jones of Peoria; and two great-grandchildren, Addelyn and Emersyn Kirgan. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Clyde and Clinton Harvey.
Funeral services for Carl "Gene" Harvey, 81, of Effingham, IL will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, October 15, 2018 at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery near Thompsonville. Visitation will be from noon to the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. on Monday at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home.