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William “Kenton” Harvey

1937 - 2020
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
William “Kenton” Harvey

Kenton Harvey died Dec. 14, 2020 at the age of 83 years.

His body has been donated to science and a memorial will be held later this year.

In lieu of flowers the family suggest memorials, if any, be made to your local church of Christ or to the Foster’s Home for Children in Stephenville, Texas.

William “Kenton” Harvey was born to Claude “C.W.” and Ida Harvey on Oct. 15, 1937 in Fort Worth, Texas. After spending his early years in Aledo, Kenton then moved with his family to Azle to begin a dairy. Kenton was a graduate of Azle High School, Weatherford College and Stephen F. Austin State University.

At Azle High School Kenton was active in baseball, basketball, track and Future Farmers of America. While in Weatherford College, he served for one year as Texas state president of Future Farmers of America. He was an FFA exchange student to Great Britain in 1958. While at Stephen F. Austen State University, he was FFA president and chosen Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.

At the age of 50 he was introduced to the sport of golf and became an avid golfer. He was a baseball buff and studied baseball trivia. Kenton was also a domino enthusiast, especially the game of “42”, which was played at all family gatherings and for which he won several tournaments in his later years.

In August of 1959, Kenton married his high school sweetheart, Shelia Fay Stewart (Azle HS Class of 1959), and they embarked upon a marriage lasting 52 years, ending with Shelia’s death in 2011. After graduating from college, Kenton worked in a Ft. Worth bank, but quickly the farm of his youth called him to return to Azle.

From 1960 to 1974, Kenton owned and operated a dairy farm in partnership with his father, The Harvey & Son’s Dairy. Kenton was highly active in the Young Farmers of Texas and was recognized for that work.

Although he excelled at farming, his first love was preaching the gospel of Christ. He began training as a preacher when he was a young teenager at various congregations in the Azle area. He served as minister for churches of Christ in the cities of Poolville, Briar, Justin and Aledo and occasionally Boyd and Santo. He also preached in many revivals through the years and officiated many weddings and funerals.

Kenton was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

He is survived by his son, Perry Harvey and wife, Gloria; daughter Angela Harvey and husband Dan Archibald all of Fort Worth; sister, Patsy Glover and sister-in-law, Linda Dabney, both of Azle; grandchildren, Kaleb Harvey, Parker Harvey; Oliver Archibald and wife Dorcas Leung; Lucas Archibald, Noah Archibald, Savannah Harvey, and Sebastian Archibald.

The Azle News,

Jan. 6, 2021 Edition

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