Robert Keith Harvey

Robert Keith Harvey

CLINTON — Robert Keith Harvey, a dairy farmer who oversaw the transportation of local schoolchildren at Berne-Knox, died on Tuesday, July 8, 2014.

Mr. Harvey of Clinton, North Carolina, died at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in North Carolina. He was 83.

Mr. Harvey was born in Montour Falls, New York to the late Robert Leslie Harvey and Viola Pearl Smith Harvey.

He went by “Keith,” his middle name, and was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Berne, his son, Jeffrey Harvey, said.

After graduating from Berne-Knox, Mr. Harvey operated a dairy farm on Switzkill Road and drove buses for the school. He later sold his cows and became the district’s transportation coordinator, his son said. At the time, the school district was Berne-Knox; it is now named Berne-Knox-Westerlo.

Mr. Harvey was a member of the Turkey Baptist Church, 4-H, the Albany Grange, and the superintendent of transportation for Wappingers Central School District in Wappingers Falls, New York.

Mr. Harvey is survived by two sons, Jeffrey Harvey and his wife, Lisa, of Berne, and Joel Harvey and his wife, Ashley, of Clinton, North Carolina; daughter Rebecca Pittman and her husband, Preston, of Clinton; four granddaughters, Samantha and Elizabeth Harvey, Kate Herring, and Logann Pittman; two step-grandchildren, Preston Pittman II and Monica Pittman; sister Cynthia Schoneker and her husband Martin of Washington State; and special friend Sharon Hunt of Fayetteville.

His parents died before him, as did his wife, Joyce Harvey; a daughter, Holly Harvey; and a brother, Ward Harvey.

A funeral was held on July 11 with Pastor Bob Shaw officiating. Arrangements were by the Crumpler-Honeycutt Funeral Home of Clinton, North Carolina.

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