Rev. Allen Harvell, a humble man, was born on December 7, 1932 to the late Allen Harvell and Maebell Spencer Harvell in Luxora, AR.
He grew up in Luxora and attended Burdett Junior High School where he received his formal education.
In July of 1952, Allen moved to Benton Harbor, where he fell in love with a young lady by the name of Ella Byrd. They were joined in holy matrimony September of 1953 and to this union six children were born. He later remarried twice to Doris Owens and Zenobia Crenshaw.
Rev. Harvell accepted the Lord as his personal savior when he was 31 years of age. A Christian and meek man who loved his brothers and sisters in Christ and most of all his Lord an Savior. He enjoyed hearing song "I've Got A Right To The Tree of Life" For He knows that after all is said and done and when it's all over, He has a home that is eternal in heaven that is not made by the hands of man, but by God Almighty. One of his all time favorite scriptures he often quoted was Psalms 121:1-2 "I will lift up mine eyes until the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
Rev. Harvell was ordained in 1965 by the late Dr. Daniel E. Cook. He was a long time member of Progressive Missionary Baptist Church where he was a close friend and mentor while under the leadership of Reverend James O. Childs.
He was employed at the Auto Specialty Manufacturing Company for over 28 years. He enjoyed coaching little league baseball, bowling, watching sports, cooking and baking. His most requested food items were the mouth watering "butter-milk biscuits", "buffalo fish" and "peach cobbler".
Rev. Allen Harvell made his Heavenly transition on May 17, 2020 at his home in Michigan City, IN. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Alfreda Harvell; five siblings, John "JT" Harvell, Versie Madison, Johnny Harvell, Tommie Harvell and Birdia Jackson; one grandson, Marvin Harvell.
He leaves to cherish a lifetime of memories, his children, Arlena (Elder Larry) Higgins, Michigan City, IN, Harry Harvell, Benton Harbor, MI, Jacqueline Harvell, Louisville, KY, Kevin Harvell and Michelle Harvell both of Michigan City, IN, Ricky Crenshaw, Elgin, IL, Brenda Stevens, Las Vegas, NV; three brothers, Eddie Harvell, Flint, MI, Elder Albert (Pat) Harvell, Stockton, CA, Pastor George (Mary) Harvell, Benton Harbor, MI; two sisters, Annie Harvell and Allye Harris both of Marion, AR; six grandsons, Dennis Gooch II, Derrick (Judy) Gooch, Melvin (Kimberly) Harvell, Mikkel Harvell, Matthew Harvell and Daniel Higgins; two granddaughters, Jherika Harvell and Deja Higgins; 19 great-grandchildren and a host of special family members and close friends.
Viewing will be Friday, May 22, 2020 from 4:00-7:00pm CDT at Coleman & Hicks Funeral Home and Crematory and Saturday, May 23, 2020 from 9:30-10:30am EST at Robbins Brothers Funeral Home 204 South Fair Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI 49022. Services will be held privately for the immediate family.
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