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Services to honor and remember the life of Harry Leroy Carver will be 11 a.m., Friday, May 6, 2016 at Hilldale Baptist Church, Claremore. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. Mr. Carver passed away Tuesday in the Claremore Veteran's Center. He was 79. Arrangements have been entrusted to Rice Funeral Service.
Harry Leroy Carver was born Aug. 23, 1936 in Detroit, Michigan to Garrett Hayes and Gladys E. (Roper) Carver (Rolan). He was raised in his birth community until the age of nine, when he moved with his family to rural Hickman County, Kentucky. It was in Clinton, Ky. that he graduated from Central High School, with the class of 1955.
Following graduation, he went directly into the U.S. Army where he proudly served his country. His time in the service took him to both Korea and Washington D.C. Upon being honorably discharged, he moved to California where he met Merle J. Byerlee.
The young couple married Oct. 1, 1963 in a Wilmington, Calif. ceremony. For the next several years, the Carver couple continued to make California their home, adding to their family with the birth of three children. In 1970, they relocated to Kentucky where their fourth child was born and the Carver family was made complete.
Harry spent a career as a route salesman. However, his passion was serving as song leader in the various churches they belonged to through the years. In addition, he taught Sunday school and was an ordained Deacon. The family moved to McAlester, Oklahoma in the mid-eighties to care for Alice (Brooks) Byerlee, his beloved mother-in-law. Eventually they relocated to the Claremore community, in the late 1980's, where Harry was song leader at Hilldale Baptist Church.
His hobbies certainly included singing and, in addition, fishing, but his absolute most favorite thing to do was drive. Car, truck, R.V. — you name it, he'd drive it. More than any of those, however, he was a family man who enjoyed a good relationship with all his extended family.
This man who was devoted to his faith, country and family leaves to carry on his legacy: his wife of 52 years, Merle Carver of the home; children: Mary Ann Blackburn and husband, Mark of Clarksburg, Maryland; Cathy Carver of Claremore; Glen Carver and wife, Teresa of Richmond, Virginia and Jonathan Carver and wife, Lisa of Arlington, Texas. He is also survived by his brother, Billy Carver and wife, Pat of Chicago, Illinois; eight grandchildren: Amy (Blackburn) Perkins and husband, Tanner, Bethany, Todd, and David Blackburn, Samuel, Lauren, Simon and Isis Carver and one great-granddaughter, Adelaide Noel Perkins.
He was preceded in death by: his parents and two sisters: Judith O'Neal and Rebecca Basch.
Published on May 4, 2016
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