OBITUARY

Harvey Morris Jacobs

July 23, 1935July 21, 2013
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Harvey Morris Jacobs, 77, of Charlotte, earned his wings on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at the home of his daughter. A native of Durham, NC, Harvey was born July 23,1935, the youngest of 12 children of the late Henry Griffin Jacobs and Cornelia Turner Jacobs. He graduated from the first class of Duke University School of Inhalation Therapy in 1966 and became one of the first Registered Inhalation Therapists in North Carolina. He was a charter member of the North Carolina Society for Respiratory Care when it was formed in 1966 and served in many capacities including President and on the Board of Directors. Harvey began a 30 year tenure at Charlotte Memorial Hospital (now Carolinas Medical Center) in 1970, 20 years of which he served as Director of Respiratory Therapy. He initiated and helped develop Central Piedmont Community College's Respiratory Therapy program. Under his leadership of the Respiratory Care Department, employees grew from approximately 25 in 1970 to 125 when he retired in 2000. He was a pioneer in his field, and many of the changes he implemented remain as standard method of care of the Respiratory practitioner today. Harvey served in the United States Air Force beginning in 1954 during the Korean War conflict and was honorably discharged in 1958. He was a member of Mount Lebanon Baptist Church. Harvey was a man who enjoyed people and loved life. He was caring and generous and always willing to go out of his way to help someone in need. He was an avid golfer and fisherman and especially enjoyed playing his guitar in church and at the Willow Grove jam sessions. He was quite the handyman, loved tinkering with cars, had a wonderful sense of humor and was a great teacher, storyteller and provider. Harvey was loving and affectionate toward his family and was especially proud of his "favorite grandson," Sam. In addition to his parents, Harvey was preceded in death by brothers Henry Jacobs, Garland Jacobs, Willie Jacobs, Percy Jacobs and Edgar Jacobs, all of Durham, and sisters Hazel Bridges, Ruby Bass and Thelma Lee, all of Durham, and Margaret Gunter of Sanford. He is survived by his wife, Janet Cox Jacobs; daughters, Jill Jacobs Mullis and husband, Joe, of Monroe, and Amy Jacobs and fiance, Jason Nadalsky, of Waxhaw; and one grandchild, Sam Mullis, of Monroe. He is also survived by sisters, Gladys Strickland and Dorothy Plucker and husband, Vince, all of Durham; and his cat of 16 years, Elvis. The family wishes to thank a special friend, Wilhelmenia King for all of her care and support throughout Harvey's illness, as well as Hospice and Palliative Care, Charlotte Region. Harvey's family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at McEwen Funeral Service, Mint Hill Chapel, 7428 Matthews- Mint Hill Road. A service to celebrate his life will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July 25, 2013, at Mount Lebanon Baptist Church with the Rev. Joe Mullis officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Memory Gardens. Those wishing to make a donation in his honor may contribute to Hospice and Palliative Care, Charlotte Region, 1420 E. 7th street, Charlotte, NC 28204.

Services

  • Gathering of Family and Friends Wednesday, July 24, 2013
  • Celebration of Life Thursday, July 25, 2013
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Jill Mullis

January 1, 2014

Thinking of you on this New Year's Day, and wondering what you are doing right now. I never would have dreamed a year ago today that 2013 would be the year that I would lose my precious Daddy. I miss you terribly and my life will never be the same. Thank you for all that you gave me; your love was immeasurable in my life. We will meet again...

STEVE JACOBS

December 17, 2013

WE ARE SO VERY SORRY TO HEAR THAT HARVEY PASSED. MY NAME TOO IS JANET JACOBS I AM HIS NEPHEW STEVE'S WIFE.

WE ONLY JUST TODAY LEARNED OF HARVEYS PASSING AS A RESULT OF LOOKING SOMETHING UP ENTIRELY DIFFERENT ON THE INTERNET AND STEVE AND I ARE FEELING VERY BAD THAT WE ARE ONLY NOW JUSTABLE TO AGKNOWLEDGE IT.

ALTHOUGH WE NEVER HAD THE TRUE PLEASURE OF KNOWING HIM ON A MORE PERSONAL BASIS , STEVE HAS ALWAYS THOUGHT VERY HIGHLY OF HIM.

AND I CAN TELL YOU PERSONALLY THAT WHEN MY SONS WADE AND GARRETT WERE BORN PREMATURELY , IT WAS A GREAT COMFORT KNOWING THAT HE WAS IN CHARGE OF TAKING "EXTRA" GOOD CARE OF THEM DURING THIER HOSPITAL STAY AS PREEMIES. AND WE WILL FOREVER BE GRATEFUL AS THEY ARE HEALTHY HAPPY ADULTS NOW!

GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY. REST IN HEAVENLY PEACE HARVEY.

STEVE AND JANET JACOBS

Amy Jacobs

September 26, 2013

I miss you.

August 26, 2013

To Jill, Amy, Pastor Joe, Sam, and Jason and all of the Jacobs Family: It's taken me a minute to do this, but I'm grateful for the opportunity to have known "HMJ" (I was never able to call him Harvey).I was just an "OJT",but he never made me feel less than. It was always if you want to do something, do it. I learned to do more than my wildest dreams could have imagined all because of his encouragement, and his willingness to give me a chance. I will be forever grateful that God brought this kind, gentle man into my life. I was there first, but because of him, I made forty years doing a job I really enjoyed. Thank You to the entire Jacobs Family for accepting HMJ's and my friendship and allowing me to be with him the last few months of his life, laughing, talking and just knowing that he and God had an intimate relationship, and everything between them was truly alright.
Be Blessed,
Wilhelmenia King

Ally Smaill

August 8, 2013

A pleasure to have known such a wonderful friend, and having enjoyed so many good times on the golf course. You will be forever in my thoughts

Cindy Viola

July 30, 2013

Jill, Amy, and Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you. When I think of the many people with whom I have crossed paths, Harvey is at the top of the list as one of those people who played a big role in my life. He had a way of making everyone feel comfortable and always had a smile and a joke. He was such a wonderful friend and mentor to so many people. I consider myself lucky to have had the opportunity to work for and know him. May the Lord be with you and give you His peace at this very difficult time.

Garry Dukes

July 24, 2013

Jill, Amy and family,
Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Harvey's passing has brought great sadness to me, and to all of his many colleagues, friends, and family. Harvey was a true pioneer in our profession. He was a great visionary, whose impact goes far beyond the local area. His leadership set the standards that have been transferred to places across the state and the country. Harvey was my mentor - he taught me and encouraged me. Harvey was such a fun loving person, that he even made work fun (sometimes). Harvey was so passionate about is work - he did much to make our profession grow and to battle when he needed. A quick story that is typical of his humor and how he would fight for what he believed - in the 1980's, a consultant group came in to the hospital and presented a very biased written report that disparaged our profession and if accepted would have led to the loss of many respiratory therapist positions. During the meeting with some high level administrators, the consultant stated that they did not exactly know what respiratory therapists do, but blah blah blah. Harvey responded, "I am ignorant in a lot of things but I try my best to not put it in writing". Everyone in the room just about fell out of their chairs laughing. It is immeasurable the impact he has had on Respiratory Care and the people he came in contact with over the years. I will miss Harvey very much, but his memory will last with me forever.

Fred, Sylvis, and Matthew Liner

July 24, 2013

Sylvia and I were Harvey's next door neighbors for many years on Dunaire Dr. He was a great friend and neighbor. We will miss him greatly.

Edward Turner

July 24, 2013

Over the years Harvey Inspired, Frustrated, Challenged and sometimes had to "Bust me" But he never "Let me Down" and was truly my Mentor. Hope to see you again someday Mr. Jacobs.

Cathy Crane

July 24, 2013

Jill and Amy,
May your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.