July 19, 1947 - December 29, 2017On the morning of Dec. 29, 2017, Dr. Harvey Smith Sanford completed his journey on Earth. Harvey died of complications related to heart disease. His was a life well lived. He was 70 years of age.
Harvey dedicated his career to improving the educational opportunities of Walker County’s children. Education was his life’s work and he was good at it. Growing up in Oakman, Alabama, he learned early the value of hard work and cemented the core values that would guide him for the remainder of his life. He was a 1965 graduate of Oakman High School. As a student, Harvey developed a zest for learning and remained an avid reader and learner for the remainder of his life.
He attended the University of Alabama. During the course of his studies, he would complete bachelor’s, master’s and a doctoral degree. Harvey would later earn his Juris Doctorate from the Birmingham School of Law. Always an honor student, Harvey would pass the bar with flying colors. He was a former Superintendent of Walker County Schools.
Harvey enjoyed racquet ball, tennis and golf with his friends, suppers on the back porch with Vicki, home projects or simply watching the deer nibble the hydrangeas along the back fence, birds hover around the feeders and faithful, furry companions, Jack, Rex, Louie, Lucy and Poncho always nearby.
During Harvey’s long battle with heart disease, he never lost his positive attitude, quick wit and sense of humor. After a short hospitalization, Harvey passed this life with Vicki at his side. They shared an amazing 32 years of marriage.
Harvey is survived by his wife, Vicki; his daughters, Monica Stewart (husband, Robert), and Adrienne Robinson (husband, Billy); his grandchildren, Kaylor Hodges, Cody Robinson, Dacey Robinson, and Conner and Spencer Stewart.
No formal service is planned. There will be a gathering of family and friends at a later date. His ashes will be dispersed in a private family service.
In lieu of flowers, his family suggest a charity of choice.
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