TUSCOLA: Norman Allen McVey, 86, went to be with his lord on January 31, 2019. Funeral services are scheduled for Monday, February 4, 2019 at 1 p.m. at Elm Valley Community Church with interment following at Buffalo Gap Cemetery, directed by Fry-Smith Funeral Home, Tuscola, Texas. A visitation will be held Sunday, 2 to 4p.m. at Fry-Smith Funeral Home.
Norman was born November 15, 1932 on the family farm outside Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, to parents Harry Milton McVey and Susan (Weaver) McVey. He was the youngest of eight children, having two brothers and four sisters and one child dying at birth. He grew up helping the family with the farm and a thriving turkey business. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the Air Force and was decorated Veteran of the Korean war.
Shortly after his return, he met his wife of 65 years, Beverly Ann Weigand of Altoona, Pennsylvania. They were married September 23, 1954 in Hollidaysburg, PA. While Norman pursued his career as an electrician in the Air Force, the two relocated many times to include Greenland, New Mexico, Austin, Spain, N. Carolina, Colorado, Arkansas, and Abilene when the family settled in Elm Valley upon his retirement as a Chief Master Sergeant after serving 23 years. Norman also served one year in Vietnam and was again decorated several times for his achievements. After his retirement in 1973, Norman actively pursued his passion as Elm Valley's handyman, installing water wells, wiring over thirty of his neighbors' homes, and repairing what ever was broken.
Norman's other passions included raising award winning pecans, keeping up his swimming pool for all the area kids, and ministering to the residents of all the local nursing homes.
Norman was the last of his immediate family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Susan McVey; brothers, Melvin and Raymond; sisters, Marjorie, Shirley, Ruth, and Betty.
He is survived by his wife Beverly of Abilene, Texas; son, Steve and wife Barbara of Elm Valley; daughter, Sharon and husband Hank Horton of Midland, Texas; son, Michael of Glacier Bay, AK; four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the many caring members of the Hendrick hospice organization as well as Ms. Melissa Flores and the Flores family for the exceptional care Norman received. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Hendrick Hospice, Harmony House, Love and Care Ministries, or a charity of your choice.