Harvey Lee Morrison, Sr., 81, of Mayflower, Arkansas, passed away on September 6, 2023. Harvey was born to Russell and Kathryn Ells Morrison on February 8, 1942, in Clayton, New Mexico. His mother passed away when he was very young and he was blessed with a bonus mom, Stella Holmes Morrison, who raised him as her own alongside his father.
After graduating from high school in Willits, California, he briefly attended college before serving in the Army. He ultimately made a career in construction and was a superintendent for Kinco Constructors, Inc. for many years before starting his own contracting business, Dream Builders, Inc., in 1985.
If you knew Harvey in the 1970s and early 1980s then you knew he was unconventional, a single father raising 3 kids while working in construction. He spent most of his free time during those years coaching his kids in baseball, football, basketball, and softball. He would take time to mentor, teach, and coach, which became even more evident when he became a grandpa. When not working or coaching, he loved spending time outdoors, especially on the water, and enjoyed camping and fishing. After his kids were grown, he married Paula Parker Wilson and together they enjoyed scuba diving, traveling, watching sunrises and sunsets, and hosting their grandkids on their houseboat at Lake DeGray.
Harvey is survived by his brother Neil Morrison (Cindi) of Dalton, GA, sister Charlotte Davis (Norman) of Moraga, CA, and sister-in-law Rhonda Morrison of Alexander, AR; his children Charlotte Greer (Todd) of Boulder, CO, Harvey Morrison, Jr. of Little Rock, AR, Tommy Morrison (Renee) of Conway, AR; stepchildren Tammy Holloway (Jimmy) of Little Rock, AR, Scott Wilson (Amanda) of Sherwood, AR, Samantha Abbott (Johnny) and Stephanie Dewitt (Luke Avery) of Jacksonville, AR; 25 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; beloved wife Paula; brother Randy Morrison; daughter-in-law Mary Morrison; stepdaughter Krystal Tippitt; grandson Gage Sullivan; and favorite dog Lady Shadow.
He battled multiple myeloma for the last 4.5 years and his family is grateful for the time we were given with him after his diagnosis. He received great care from the entire team at the UAMS Myeloma Center and was especially appreciative of the attention he received from Sharmilan Thanendrarajan, MD “Dr. T” and Tanika Pittman, APRN.
Harvey’s family will host a celebration of his life on Saturday, October 21, 2023. Visitation will begin at 3:00 with the service following at 4:00. Reverend Stacey Hammons will preside over the services being held at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 5401 Rahling Road, Little Rock, Arkansas.
“I so love all my family, extended family, friends. I am proud to have you have shared my life as you lived yours. You are all special and if I were to make a suggestion it would be ‘Be someone you look up to.’” Harvey Morrison, Sr.
Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas. 501-982-3400. Online guestbook available at www.anaturalstatefuneralservice.com