Dolores Harvey

June 27, 1932November 12, 2020

Dolores Wessel Harvey, 88, of Chattanooga passed away on November 12, 2020. She was born June 27,1932 in Oklahoma City, OK to Melvin and Vera Wessel. She was a graduate of Central High School Class of 1950. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Chattanooga in 1954. Dolores was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority and served as alumni president and chapter advisor. She worked as a Music Teacher and Librarian at Spring Creek Elementary School. She taught accordion at the Cadek Conservatory of Music and Al Miller Music Store. Dolores was a long time member of Central Presbyterian Church serving as a deacon and elder and president of the Women of the Church. She was a current member of Rivermont Presbyterian Church.

Along with her husband, she was a recipient of the 2008 Gordon Davenport Award for their support of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She was a proud ambassador of UTC and all of its athletic teams. Dolores also served as president of the Chattanooga Music Club, MacDowell Music Club of Chattanooga, Valamont Woman's Club and Salvation Army Auxiliary. She was a long time member of the Rivermont Garden Club and YMCA Christmas Market Board, as well as a Board member of UTC Presbyterian Hope House. She was honored as a Women of Distinction of Greater Chattanooga in 2010.

She had a vibrant and enthusiastic personality. Everyone that met her quickly learned of her love for her Chattanooga Mocs. Dolores was kindhearted and gracious. She loved all her family, especially her 2 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, William S. (Steve) Harvey and son, Steven Scott Harvey.

Dolores is survived by sister, Dot Gaddis, daughter in law, Joni Harvey, granddaughter, Gillian Harvey, grandson, Camp Harvey, nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

A Celebration of Dolores’ Life will be held in the Forest Hills Cemetery privately with family and close friends due to the current pandemic.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Dolores’ memory can be made to either UTC Brock Scholarship Fund or to the Rivermont Presbyterian Church.

Arrangements are under the care of Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory and Florist East Chapel, 404 South Moore Rd. East Ridge, TN 37412.

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Lee Long

November 19, 2020

Attention East Chapel
I tried to leave a memory the other day and I was under the impression that I could read it if I looked here. Was I mistaken or can you tell me how to do on my iPad or text how to do it.
My cell no. My cell no. is (423) 304-5238. I am better with a text message than email. My cell telephone number is (423) 304-5238.
I wrote the message to Dot Gaddis.
I was thinking all I had to was to look up the obituary and I would see my memory, but I can not find it.
Thank you.
Lee Long

Chris Bertani

November 16, 2020

What a wonderful family! As a neighbor of the Harvey’s growing up, I have great memories of Christmas time. Caroling around the neighborhood with the local children; Mrs Harvey on her
accordion and me on my flute.

rick english

November 16, 2020

So sorry to her of Dolores passing. What great friends her and Steve were to my wife Nancy Brown during the Junior Miss pageant and then for 50 years thereafter. Attending every UC game and so loved by everyone who knew this beautiful lady. Our Lord got a great person now up with Steve. God Bless you Dolores and thank you for your wonderful friendship.


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