Harvey Tester, 85, of Elizabethton, Tenn., passed away Monday, December 10, 2012, at Johnson City Medical Center following a sudden illness.
A native of Carter County, he was the son of the late Earl and Nettie Andrews Tester.
Mr. Tester worked for 32 years as a maintenance supervisor at Great Lakes Research Corporation. He was a member of Elk River Baptist Church and attended Doe River Baptist Church.
Mr. Tester was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy. He loved country and bluegrass music and performed with several local bands by playing guitar and singing. He also loved animals, especially dogs, and was currently serving as the president of the Carter County Humane Society.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Carroll Tester; an infant sister; and his step-mother, Nattie Tester.
Survivors include his wife, Stella Main Tester, of the home; a daughter, Penny White and husband Robert, Elizabethton; three step-grandchildren, Candi Sieiro and husband Anthony, Greensboro, N.C., Bobbi Rena Tittle, Johnson City, and Michael White, Nashville; two step-great-grandchildren, Walt Tittle III and Lindsey Tittle, both of Johnson City; and four sisters-in-law, RoseMary Tester of Ohio, Mary Jo Laws and husband H.D. “Sonny,” Butler, Edith Finney, Elizabethton, and Louise Main, Butler. His extended family, Larry and Janane Finney and Shane Smith, all of Elizabethton; special friends, Wade Ledford, Clinton “Cooter” Williams, and many others; and three dogs, Gracie, Sleepy and Parker, also survive.
Funeral services for Mr. Tester will be conducted at 7 p.m. Thursday, December 13, in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral and Cremation Services with Rev. James Hawk officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, prior to the funeral service. Graveside services and interment will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, December 14, in the Mountain Home National Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Military Honors will be accorded by the Carter County Honor Guard. Everyone will meet at the cemetery at 9:50 a.m. Friday for the graveside service. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to the Carter County Humane Society, P.O. Box 134, Elizabethton, TN 37644. Online condolences may be sent to the family and viewed by visiting our website at www.hathawaypercy.com.
Hathaway-Percy Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the Tester family. Office (423) 543-5544.