Edward L. "Pockets"
1925 - 2016
Lee “Pockets” Harvey, the only child of the late McKinley and
Garnett (Crowell) Harvey, was born on June 2, 1925 in Lewisburg,
Tennessee. He went home to be with the Lord on Friday, May 6,
2016 while at Eastpointe Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Care
Center in Chelsea, MA.
At the age of twelve when his mother passed, he went to live
with his mother’s parents, John and Emma Crowell in Farmington,
Tennessee until the age of sixteen. He didn’t like farm work, so
he left school in the 11th grade and worked for a friend of his
grandparents who owned a chain of hotels. He worked as a bellhop
in Dickson, Tennessee, but decided to move to Clarksville,
Tennessee to work in one of their larger hotels. In 1943, at the
age of 18, he was drafted into the United States Navy.
After basic training in Green Bay, Wisconsin, he was shipped to
the South Pacific for approximately eighteen months. When he
returned to the United States for two months his ship, the U.S.S.
Shenandoah, was ordered back to the East Coast (Boston Naval
Ship Yard) because the war with Japan had ended. When “Pockets”
left the Navy in 1947 he decided to stay in Massachusetts and
found Malden and never left.
He worked for Northeastern Barrel Company, where he learned to
drive a truck, and for the rest of his working career was in the
Teamsters Union Local 25 where he retired from Preston Trucking
on October 31, 1990.
“Pockets” was united in holy matrimony to his wife Althea
(Bailey) “Sugie” in Malden, Massachusetts on September 17, 1977.
“Pockets” was baptized at Emmanuel Baptist Church on Easter
Sunday, March 5, 2004 under Pastorate of Reverend Dr. Wayne E.
Gadie. He remained faithful until his health started to fail. As
his health declined, he needed 24-hour care and was placed in
long-term care at Eastpointe where the staff grew to love him
and called him “Pockets,” which at times made him smile.
While at Eastpointe he would always ask “Is it the First
Sunday?” He always wanted to be there for Communion. If he were
up to it, his family would always make sure he was there.
Pockets loved to play cards and watch sports and was a faithful
member of the Woodbine Associates, Inc., where he received a
lifetime membership. He was very active until his health
In early 1963, “Pockets” joined Pioneer Lodge #1500 IBPOE of W
Elks Organization. He served as House Chairman. After Pioneer
Lodge #1500 closed he transferred to Commonwealth Lodge #19
IBPOE of W, where he held several positions including Leading
Knight, Trustee Board, House Committee and received his Past
Grand Exalted Ruler Honors in New Orleans in 1996.
“Pockets” had a pleasing personality and a kind and loving
heart. He loved his family, his children, his friends and Church
family. When he was unable to attend church, visits from Pastor
Gadie and Rev. Sheryl Mann always put a smile on his face.
Those left to cherish his memory and mourn his passing are his
devoted and loving wife of 39 years, Althea, two sons, Edward
Jr., of Malden, Massachusetts and Jeffrey of Las Vegas, Nevada,
and one daughter, Joy (Lloyd) of Malden, Massachusetts. He is
survived by eight grandchildren, Lisa; Keisha (Forest); Jeffrey,
Jr.; Jeffrey (AnnMarie); Lloyd, Jr.; and Felisa. He leaves six
great-grandchildren, Autumn; Sonnet; True; Bojan; Shaquira; Shalea,
Xavier, and Zian; brother-in-law, William Bailey, Jr. (Charlesetta) of
Clinton, Maryland; sister-in law Janice (Herbert) Avant, and
mother-in-law, Jane Bailey of Malden, Massachusetts. He also
leaves his niece Lynda Richardson Hansen to whom he was like a
second father, and his Goddaughter, Karen Hill Iantosca. He was
preceded in death by one grandson, Jermaine.
He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other
relatives and friends to cherish his memory.
Funeral services will be held at the Emmanuel
Baptist Church, 20 Hillside Ave, Malden, on Thursday, May 12th,
at 12 noon, with visitation held at the Church from 10 AM to 12
Noon. Interment will follow in Forest Dale Cemetery,