Merle Edward Harvey Jr., 63, of Columbia passed away Oct. 4, 2019, at home.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Oct. 11 at Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel. Family will receive friends from noon until the start of the service. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Mount Horeb Cemetery, Sturgeon.

Merle was born Feb. 2, 1956, in Sturgeon to Merle Edward and Alfreeda Pettigrew Harvey. He graduated from Hickman High School and served in the Army from 1974 to 1977.

Merle is survived by his mother, Alfreeda Harvey of Columbia; close friend Linda Boone; children, Cheavis Holmes II and Chala Holmes, both of Kansas City, and Julian “Corey” Smith of Columbia; siblings Melvin Harvey (Laura) of Aptos, California, Manuel Harvey of Columbia and Melissa Harvey of Round Rock, Texas; half-siblings, Corey and Jason Harvey and Sherita Gowns; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and “God Daddy,” Darnell Harris.

He was preceded in death by his father, Merle Sr.; his sister Melvina; and his close friend Ann.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society, c/o Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel, 1610 N. Garth Ave., Columbia, MO 65202.

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