CAMDEN JAMES HAROLD HARVEY
James Harold “Cash” Harvey, 81 of Camden, AR passed away January 15, 2021, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on June 7, 1939, in Chidester, AR to Herbert and Clara Harvey. When James was born, he barely weighed 4 pounds. The doctor told Mr. and Mrs. Harvey that James probably wouldn’t survive. He became an insulin dependent diabetic at the age of 25. His doctor told him that he probably wouldn’t live past the age of 40. Because of his dedication to living a healthy life and the wonderful care provided by Leota, he was able to live a happy and long life.
James is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Shirley Harvey Brooks, his brother John Harvey, and his uncle Jim Harvey.
James is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Leota Harvey of Camden, AR; daughter, Michelle Vaughan and husband, Shannon of Camden, AR; grandson, Matthew Vaughan of Camden, AR; granddaughter, Heather Vaughan of Camden, AR; daughter, Jennifer Harvey of Camden, AR; son, Walter Harvey of Italy; one niece, Holly Daniel; four nephews, Ricky, Harvey, Thor, and Richard; and several great nephews, great nieces, and cousins.
James was a member of Westside Church of Christ. He was baptized as a young teenager and remained faithful throughout his life. He served as an elder at the Washington Street Church of Christ for a few years. He enjoyed going to church and reading the bible.
He graduated from Camden High School in 1957. After graduation, he joined the Army Reserve and was stationed at Fort Chaffee. He served for 6 years. James attended college at Southern State University (now known as SAU). He graduated with a BBA in General Business and later completed a major in Accounting. He passed the CPA exam and received his license in 1978. He had a successful income tax preparation business located at his home. James worked at International Paper Co. for over 35 years in the Accounting Department. He earned the nickname “Cash” after working two weeks at IP. His old black Volkswagen blew up and burned. Luckily, he managed to get out of the vehicle safely. He went down to Urrey Motor Company. Mr. Urrey sold him a new Plymouth Fury and allowed James to make weekly payments on the down payment and also make monthly car payments. When he returned to IP on Monday, some of his co-workers teased him and James said just call me “Cash.” The nickname stuck throughout his career. Even after his retirement, his former co-workers continued to call him “Cash.” He served on the Supervisory Committee for over 25 years at River Valley Federal Credit Union.
James had numerous hobbies that included the following: playing the guitar; playing the piano; woodworking, he built several pieces of furniture and buildings that are located on his property; listening to country music and going to concerts; and exercising. He loved to watch the Razorbacks play football, and he took his family to a lot of games when the kids were growing up. He was an avid Camden Panther fan and later on a Fairview Cardinal fan. He loved watching Michelle, Jennifer, and Walter march in the Panther band, watching Matthew play Fairview Cardinal football, and watching Heather cheer for the Fairview Cardinals. He also loved taking Matthew to school, and taking him and Heather to the bakery everyday afterschool when they were younger. He will always be remembered as the most loving and devoted husband, father, father-in-law, and Granddaddy.
The funeral will be held in the pavilion at Bluff City Cemetery at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. Dwayne Scribner will be officiating. Honorary Pallbearers will be Ricky Steed, Ren Scribner, Matthew Williams, Henry Kelly, and Raymond O’Dell. There will not be a visitation, but the body can be viewed at Proctor Funeral Home.
The family requests that all CDC guidelines regarding masks and social distancing be strictly observed.