Alma Corrinne Lilly Harvey
NIMITZ — Alma Corrinne (Lilly) Harvey, 81, from Leatherwood Road in Nimitz, left her earthly home and entered into her heavenly mansion on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, where her husband, Donald, has been patiently waiting to see her again. She passed away at Raleigh General Hospital surrounded by her family.
Born on April 12, 1932, at Flat Top, she was the daughter of the late Laten and Nelda Lilly.
In addition to her husband and parents, Alma was also preceded in death by a daughter, Beverly Martin; a niece, Kari Underwood Barnes; a nephew, Chance Harvey; two brothers, Eugene Lilly and Carlos Lilly; and two sisters, Betty Petrick and Gladys Adkins.
Her life was spent doing for others and expecting nothing in return. Actually, when you tried to return the favor, she would claim that there wasn’t a thing that she needed. Alma’s family meant the world to her and her pride and joy were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was always snapping pictures of them and you would sometimes hear her say, “Come here, I want to show you something that is really awesome.” She would then show them something like a beautiful flower, an insect with bright colors, a deer eating peaches in the yard or even a rock that had swirls of color. And the child holding her hand would always be amazed at the treasure she found. She proved to her own children that you didn't have to buy gifts to give them; just sharing God’s beautiful creation and giving of your time to a child is the best gift to give.
Alma’s love for children led her to help her children start a youth program at The Lilly Reunion. Each August you would find her in the youth area passing out eggs for an egg toss, bandaging the knee of a child who had fallen or doing so many other things. She worked toward this one weekend out of the year all year round.
Alma is survived by three sons, Donald Edward Harvey (Elizabeth) of Hinton, James Harvey of Nimitz and Michael Harvey (Kelly) of Meadow Creek, and three daughters, Susan Weikle (Danny) of Nimitz, Karolyn Underwood of Lexington, N.C., and Mary Price (Ferris) of Wharton; a brother, Donald Lilly of Flat Top, and two sisters, Linda Allman of Lake Milton, Ohio, and Ardis Green of Beckley. Also left to mourn the loss of their “Mommaw” are 18 grandchildren, Lee Weikle, Christopher Martin, Kenneth Underwood Jr., Katerra Weikle, Kurtis Underwood, Kristi Darr, Justin Weikle, Heather Martin, Megan Browning, Brittany Cochran, Robert Michael Lilly, Dakota Price, Jordan Harvey, Jacqueline Harvey, Lilly Grace Harvey, Noah Harvey, Jessica Harvey and Julia Harvey. She also had 17 great-grandchildren who some affectionately called her “Mommaw The Great.”
Friends may pay their last respects to Mrs. Harvey at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors on Saturday, October 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. Services will be held on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel with Pastor Robbie Merritt officiating. Interment will follow at the Lilly-Crews Cemetery on Sandknob Road in Nimitz.
Alma’s children would like to thank everyone who brought food, paper products, drinks and money. A special thank you to those who have kept the family in your prayers.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.ronaldmeadowsfp.com.
Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.