HARVEY JONATHAN BROWN passed away on January 9, 2020, with his loving cousin by his side. Harvey was born June 10, 1941, to Athalene Ausler in St. Louis, Missouri. At a young age, he and his mother moved to Seattle, Washington, where his sister and four brothers were born. His mother and brothers, Alfred Joe, Martin, Larry and Gary, preceded him in death.
Harvey graduated from Garfield High School in 1958. On July 7, 1959, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, and he was honorably discharged on July 5, 1963. Shortly after his discharge, he enrolled at Oklahoma Christian College, where he met his future beautiful bride, Yvonne Hattie Hill. They both majored in Education, and in 1968, Harvey earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. On June 6, 1970, he and Yvonne were married in Arlington, Virginia, and they eventually moved to Hartford, Connecticut.
In 1976, Harvey was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army. The call of God was on Harvey’s life. He chose to become a chaplain, and he selflessly served our country and its soldiers for 16 years, until his retirement at Fort Hood, North Carolina, on January 31, 1993. During his military service, Harvey was awarded the Air Force Good Conduct Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon-3, the Army Commendation Medal (1 Oakleaf) and the National Defense Service Medal (with Bronze Service Star). Harvey enjoyed and appreciated his military career, and he earned the respect of his senior officers and most importantly, his troops! Although he and Yvonne, she was also a career Army officer who died on November 22, 2017, did not have children, they were parents to many!
After his military retirement, he remained in Fayetteville, where he pastored a small Church of Christ congregation. He remained in contact with many of the members. He also worked as an educator with the Fayetteville Independent School District (ISD). He instinctively gravitated to working with the students assigned to the Hillsboro Street Elementary School Alternative Program. He knew how important it was to show others that they were valued, and he organized and implemented a reward program for the students. He was instrumental in organizing a staff appreciation program. Harvey also retired from the Fayetteville ISD.
Harvey was blessed to leave a lasting impression wherever he went! Even during his illness, he astounded people by his knowledge, especially when they didn’t think he was paying attention!!! :-) You would often walk the halls and see him sitting and intently listening to another resident, caregiver, or someone visiting. They are already saying how much they miss him… we all do!
He leaves to cherish his memories his sister; Rolanda Muse of Seattle Washington, Uncle – Lee Ausler (Ann); Aunt Zoritha McNeal (James) both of Kansas City, MO; his mother-in-law Thelma Hill, sister-in-law Cheryl King, three brothers-in-law Dr. Arik King, Harvey C. Hill, Jr. and Eric Hill all of the Stafford, VA area; nephews, nieces, and a host of cousins and dear friends.
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