Harvey Lee Echols, beloved son of James and Dorothy Hicks Echols was born on May 5, 1931 and departed his earthly home on October 26, 2020. Harvey was one of eight children.
Harvey joined the United States Navy at and early age and served 20 plus in service to his country. His tour of duties included the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Barred by discrimination within the U.S. Navy, his first assignment was as a ship serviceman, one of only two positions blacks who enlisted could serve in. The Navy was the last military branch to desegregate. He was a proud recipient of the National Defense Service Medal Second Award, the Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal. He worked 25 years as a federal government employee at Vint Hill Farms Station Commissary as a foreman. Harvey also was a local barber in the Warrenton area for over 30 years
From an early age Harvey attended church in the Methodist faith, under the tutelage of his grandfather, who was his first minister. While stationed at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland he met and later married his wife, Lucy. He joined Little Zion Baptist Church in Nokesville, Virginia, and was ordained as a deacon and faithfully served as Sunday School Superintendent, and a member of the Male Chorus. Deacon Echols faithfully served and supported his church until he was physically unable to do so.
Harvey is survived by his lovely wife of sixty five years, Lucy Ellen Echols as well as three sons: Michael (Roxanne), Marvin (Jacalyn) and Matthew (Michelle) Echols; his siblings: James Jr., Veries (Medina), Edward (Christina), Lewis (Mary Lois), Jessie Lee, Jennell, John Leslie (Laney) and a loving Aunt Zora; thirteen grandchildren; and ten great grandchildren.
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