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Robert Sebran Harvill, Jr. (1926-2018)

Robert Sebran Harvill, Jr. was born in Robstown, Texas on June 30, 1926 to Robert Sebran Harvill, Sr., and Francis Elizabeth (Fannie Nunley) Harvill.  He passed away on June 9, 2018 in Amarillo, Texas surrounded by his loving family and faithful caregivers.

He served his beloved country during WWII as a member of the United States Army Air Corps where he was sent to occupy Germany after the Allied victory.  When Bob returned to the United States, he continued his studies at The University of Texas in Austin and earned his degree in Geology in 1950, becoming a life-long, orange-blooded Longhorn.  Upon graduation, Bob went to work for Humble Oil & Refining Company which eventually became Exxon.  Bob began to be commonly known as “Red Dawg” amongst his friends, and later his grandchildren would call him “Grand Dog” or “GDog”.  While working for Humble in Perryton, Texas, Red Dawg met a beautiful woman from Georgia named Norma Ruth Marshall, and she became the love of his life.  Bob and Norma were married on February 12, 1954 in Perryton.  The couple moved several times with Humble before eventually settling in Conroe, Texas with their three children where they became long-time residents of River Plantation.  Red Dawg served as a Geophysicist for Exxon in Houston until his retirement in 1986.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Norma, and his son, Patrick Marshall Harvill.  He is survived by his daughters Sharlane Harvill Billman, and Lynn Harvill Rich.  He is also survived by his sons-in-law Greg Billman, and Jon Rich, and his daughter-in-law, Jelia Jones Harvill.  “Gdog” also leaves behind his grandchildren Erin Billman Wynne (Collin), Brandon Harvill (Christen), Kristen Harvill, Tyler Billman, Bryce Rich, Blake Rich, Courtney Rich, and great-grandchildren Locke Wynne, Sebryn Harvill, and McClain Wynne.

A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at Cashner Funeral Home & Garden Park Cemetary in Conroe, Texas where Bob will be buried along with his beloved wife, Norma.  A celebration of Red Dawg’s life will be held immediately following the service.  His friends are invited to follow the old Longhorn rally cry “Come early, be loud, stay late, wear orange!”.

Donations may be made to Montgomery County Animal Shelter (Dawg for the dogs!).

Red Dawg loved his family, his friends, golf, dogs and, of course, the Longhorns.  He will be greatly missed.  Hook’em!


Courtesy of Boxwell Brothers Funeral

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