Lewis “Eli” Harvill, 88, passed from this life on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018 in Bowie.
Funeral Service will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 at 10 a.m., at Forestburg Church of Christ. Reverend Joe Nimock will be officiating, songs by Danny Russell. Pallbearers will be Riley Harvill, Kevin Harvill, Roger Thurman, Orren Hooper, Les Howell, Joshua Eli Harvill.
Burial will follow at Perryman Cemetery in Forestburg, Texas.
Family will receive friends on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 from 6 to 8 pm, at White Family Funeral Home in Bowie, Texas.
Arrangements entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.
Eli was born Jan, 13,1930 to Bert Lewis Harvill, Sr and Lucille Steadham Harvill. He was born on the family farm near Saint Jo, Texas and grew up around the Forestburg, and Saint Jo areas. He attended school in Dye Mound, Saint Jo, and Forestburg.
He began his career working for the State hospitals in Wichita Falls and Vernon, Texas. He entered military service in 1951. After basic training in Georgia, he shipped overseas and served as a Communications specialist in war-torn Europe stationed in Augsburg, Germany. After the military, Eli resumed his work as Engineering Supervisor with the State institutions. He entered Midwestern State University, receiving his Degree in education in 1958. His career with the state spanned almost 40 years. After his retirement from the State, he returned to Forestburg to raise cattle in Montague county for many years.
Eli married Bobbie Jean Tullos in Wichita Falls, Texas in 1951. Eli and Bobbie have one son, Lewis Eli Harvill, Jr and wife Natalie of Lubbock, Texas, one daughter, Glenda “Sue” Harvill Roach and husband Brad of Nocona, Texas.
Eli married Shirley Moore Lanier of Forestburg in 1985. He has two stepsons John Lanier and his wife Jamie of Decatur, and Charles Lanier of Forestburg, two stepdaughters, Phyllis Teakell and husband Ricky of Weatherford, Texas, and Janice Gresham of Forestburg.
Eli is survived by two brothers, Bert L. Harvill, Jr (B. L.) and wife Edna Merle of Bowie, Texas, and Dale Harvill and wife Debbie of Houston, Texas. One sister Vera Heaton and husband Lee of Gig Harbor, Washington; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
In lieu of flowers, a charitable memorial donation to Hospice of Wichita Falls, 4909 Johnson Rd., Wichita Falls, TX 76310 would be welcome.
Sorry for your loss. I always admired Eli and he was a good friend.