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James Harvey

James Harvey, age 79, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away on Friday, July 21, 2023. He was born on Saturday, July 15, 1944, to Bert and Mildred Harvey in Broken Bow, Oklahoma.

A lover of old country music and oldies, James always had a tune on his lips and a rhythm in his heart. His musical tastes reflected his soul, classic, sincere, and full of sentiment. His favorite activities bore the hallmark of a man deeply connected to the earth and his surroundings. Whether it was gardening, fishing, welding, or journeying through the great outdoors, James was always at his happiest being one with nature.

Many will remember James for his exceptional culinary skills. His kitchen was a place of memories and laughter where he wove magic with his ingredients and delighted everyone with his delicious meals.

He was a man of many skills, a master craftsman who loved working with tools. His love for welding transcended a mere hobby, as he created intricate sculptures and pieces of art that graced many local establishments and homes.

Yet, beyond his hobbies and interests, what defined James was his compassionate and giving nature. He was a beacon of support to his family and friends, always willing to lend a helping hand or a word of advice. He carried an aura of generosity that spread warmth and comfort to those around him.

James’s legacy lies in the lessons he left behind, from fishing and gardening advice to demonstrating the use of tools. His art in welding, woodworking, and craftsmanship were not just skills but a legacy he passionately passed onto his sons. His teachings were not merely about the task at hand but often held deeper lessons about patience, resilience, and the beauty in the details.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and his loving wife, Barbara Harvey.

James is survived by his three sons and daughter-in-law, Christopher Harvey of Phoenix, Arizona, Paul Harvey of Phoenix, Arizona, and Eric and Veronica Harvey of San Antonio, Texas; three siblings, Elwyn Harvey of Arizona, Lavera Templeton of Arizona, Jo Ann Hegenderfer of Arizona; three grandchildren, Vivian Harvey, Nicholas Harvey, and Paityn Harvey; several nephews and nieces and a host of other relatives and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, July 29, 2023, at 10:00 AM at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

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