The Rev. Forest Freeman Harvey, age 83, of Winter Garden, Florida, went home to the Lord on Sept. 23, 2017, at Hospice of the Comforter surrounded by members of his family.
He was born on May 31, 1934, in Columbia, Kentucky, the son of Fred Freeman Harvey and Mary Jane Harvey (Abston). He married June Marie Pierce on April 3, 1954, in Jamestown, Tennessee.
He attended Albany High School in Albany, Kentucky, and received his Bachelor of Bible Theology and Master of Ministry degrees from International Seminary. He also attended Lindsey Wilson College, in Columbia, Kentucky, and Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee.
He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War.
He was a loving husband and father, and he was a pastor in the Church of the Nazarene for nearly 40 years, serving in Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Indiana and Ohio. Throughout his career and into retirement, he served as chaplain or a volunteer at numerous health care facilities, in recent years, visiting patients in local Winter Garden care facilities. He also served on the care team for the United Methodist Church of Winter Garden.
He was a member of the Fairfield Church of the Nazarene, in Fairfield, Ohio, locally attending the First United Methodist Church of Winter Garden, Florida.
Forest leaves behind two sons, Dr. F. Edwin Harvey and wife Carol Rogers of Fort Collins, Colorado, and Mr. Fred D. Harvey his wife, Nicole, and their children, Jack and Ella of Orlando, Florida; one sister, Mrs. Vernita Blair, of Bowling Green, Kentucky; and friend and loving companion, Sharon McKenzie of Winter Garden, Florida.
He was preceded in death by his wife, June Marie Pierce; his mother, Mary Jane Harvey (Abston); his father, Fred Freeman Harvey; and two infant sons, Richard Neal Harvey and Kenneth David Harvey.
He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Burial will take place at the Winter Garden Cemetery at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, followed by a memorial service at 4:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Winter Garden, Florida, with the Rev. Rusty Belcher officiating. A reception will follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please make a memorial gift to the Hospice of the Comforter, 480 W. Central Parkway, Altamonte Springs, Florida 32714 in Forest’s name.