Olivia Hervey

February 27, 1938 – March 27, 2021

Mrs. Olivia Gray Hervey was born February 27, 1938 in Crandall, Texas to Wilmer and Ocie Gray. As a child, she attended Good Street Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. Olivia excelled in school graduating at the top of her Lincoln High School class in 1956.   Her academic excellence continued at Prairie View A&M University. She majored in Business Administration with a Minor in English, graduating at the top of her class in 1960.  After graduating, she married Billy T. Hervey.  Career opportunities led them to Dallas, Texas, Altus, Oklahoma, Baltimore, Maryland, Washington, D.C, and Cocoa, Florida finally settling in Houston, Texas in 1965.

Olivia started her career as an educator teaching English at Lincoln High School, Dallas, Texas, Altus High School, Altus, Oklahoma and Phyllis Wheatley High School, Houston, Texas. Her federal government career began at the General Services Administration (GSA) in Baltimore, Maryland and later Washington, DC.  She also worked at Patrick Air Force Base, Brevard County, Florida.

Olivia worked at the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office advancing to her position as an Assistant Director. She retired in 1999.  Her retirement years were filled with travel throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Caribbean.  She became a successful Real Estate broker selling properties in the MacGregor and Southwest Houston areas.  Olivia was a faithful member of Trinity United Methodist Church where she sang in several choirs.  In addition, she served in several leadership positions within the VA Toastmasters club and she was a dedicated member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

Olivia was a devoted and loving mother. She is survived by three children: Jewel Hervey, Marcus Hervey, and Patrick Hervey, two daughters-in-law, Tracie Shelton Hervey and Carolyn Hurst Hervey, five grandchildren, Mckenzie, William, Theodore, Lauren and Landon; five brothers, Brucy Gray, Edward Gray, Maceo Gray, James Gray and Everette Gray; one sister, Mary Gray Batts, and a host of nieces, nephews and relatives.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to be made to Olivia Gray Hervey’s Endowment Scholarship Fund at Prairie View A&M University, Office of Development, PO Box 393, Prairie View, Texas 77446.

Visitation:

Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 9:00 AM

Trinity United Methodist Church, 2600 Holman St., Houston, Texas 77004

Funeral Service:

Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 11:00 AM

Trinity United Methodist Church, 2600 Holman St., Houston, Texas 77004

Interment:

Monday, April 5, 2021 at 11:00 AM

Lincoln Cemetery, Dallas, Texas

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5 entries.
Curley Green Curley Green wrote on April 4, 2021 at 2:49 pm:
Allow me to offer my sincerest condolences to the Hervey family to Jewel and family during this time of loss. Curley Green, ex neighbor of Jewel.
Curley Green Curley Green wrote on April 4, 2021 at 2:49 pm:
Allow me to offer my sincerest condolences to the Hervey family to Jewel and family during this time of loss. Curley Green, ex neighbor of Jewel.
Ester Egins Ester Egins from Beaumont. 77708 wrote on April 3, 2021 at 4:34 pm:
Sorry for your loss, you are in my Prayers. Look to the hills the Lord will take care of you.🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
Curley Green Curley Green wrote on April 2, 2021 at 11:36 pm:
Jewel: To you and family I offer my sincerest condolences during this difficult time. May you all stay blessed with the great memories and loving moments enjoyed with family!
Monica Bradley Monica Bradley from Crosby wrote on April 2, 2021 at 12:42 am:
Please accept the our deepest sympathies and condolences from the entire Bradley Family.