Robert "Bob" Harville


July 24, 1935 ~ July 29, 2021

Born in: Beaumont, Texas
Resided in: College Station, Texas

Robert “Bob” Harville was born in Beaumont, TX, on July 24, 1935. He passed peacefully from this world in the early morning of July 29, 2021. A loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, and friend. Bob just recently celebrated his 86th birthday surrounded by his loved ones reminiscing of ski trips, family vacations and sharing funny stories and sweet memories.
Bob was born in Beaumont, TX to Young Washington “Lefty” and Verda Lee Harville. His love for his country started at a young age. While in high school he joined the Naval Reserve. After high school, following in his father’s footsteps, he began his career to become a Journeyman electrician, then went on to earn his Master’s license. In 1958 he was called to active duty and it was during this time he met and proposed to the love of his life, Sandra Lee Gafford and shortly thereafter left for active duty in the Mediterranean. Bob and Sandy were married in Beaumont, TX on April 3, 1959, and lived briefly in Norfolk, VA. They soon returned to Beaumont where they started their family of three beautiful children, Mike, Kim, and Vicki. In 1970 Bob got an amazing opportunity to work for Fisk Electric in Jamaica building a plant. He and his family made many fond memories during the two years they were there. After their tropical life experience, Bob moved his family back to Texas where he started Harville Electric Company. Harville Electric Company was a well- known and respected business in Bryan-College Station that served its many loyal customers from 1972 to 1990.
Upon retiring Bob and Sandy moved to Pearland, Texas where he enjoyed family time, a good golf game and continued serving electrical needs to his community. Recently Bob and Sandy moved back to College Station to enjoy family and friends. He was blessed by his biggest legacy, his family. Many fond memories were made with his children, his nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was proud of each and every one of them and loved and supported them in all of their activities
The things Bob held close were his faith, family and serving others. He will be remembered by his work ethic, big heart, warm friendly smile, and love of his family and country. All of those that loved Bob are comforted by knowing that our loss was his reunion with those that went before him.
Bob is preceded in death by his parents and his son Mike Harville and other loving family members
Bob is survived by his loving wife, Sandy, daughter in law Amber Harville, daughter Kim Haney (Bubba) and Vicki Rudder (Jay). Grandchildren Jennifer Haney Lawler (Brett), Kristin Haney Beyer (Cody), Luke Harville (Alex), Kelsey Haney Hoog (R.T.), Laura Beth Harville, Hannah Lee Rudder, Dylan Rudder, William Harville, and Kylee Rudder. Great grandchildren Ty, Brooks, and Halle Lawler. Harper and Brody Beyer, and Hayden Hoog. Sister Elaine Stewart (James) and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service celebrating Bob’s life will be held on Friday, August 6, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at
St. Thomas Aquinas church in College Station, TX with a visitation preceding at 1:00.
Graveside will be held at a later date.

The family would like to express our appreciation of the amazing care from the ICU team at Baylor Scott & White.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to :
Texas A&M Foundation
401 George Bush Drive
College Station, TX 77840
Bob Harville Memorial Fund


Visitation: August 6, 2021 1:00 pm - July 29, 2021 2:00 pm

St Thomas Aquinas Church
2541 Earl Rudder Fwy
College Station, TX 77845


Memorial Service: August 6, 2021 2:00 pm

St Thomas Aquinas Church
2541 Earl Rudder Fwy
College Station, TX 77845


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  1. Sandy, you and all your familly are certainly in my thoughts at the sad time. We all love Bobby and will miss seeing him. Until we meet again.

  2. Bobby was a wonderful human being. He was always kind, gentle, and fair with everyone. I have many memories of all of us cousins gathering at our grandparents for holidays while growing up. I also have many memories of our cousins reunions as adults. He was so loved and will be sorely missed.

  3. My heart is truly broken to lose our sweet cousin, in our Allums Family! I’ll miss him calling to check on me when the weather is bad in North Louisiana! I will miss all the calls over the years to chat, sometimes reminiscing about our childhood at our grandparents, sometimes to just say hi and sometimes to see when we are having another cousin reunion! You will forever be missed, Bobby and always loved! Prayers for your big beautiful family!

  4. Sweet Sandy, my prayers are with you and your family at this very sad time. Losing the love of your life is a very difficult thing, but I pray that God gives you his comfort and peace. We will all miss Bobby!

  5. Bob was so special, full of life, tough boss that taught me a lot early in my career, but was always someone I could count on for support. Great family that I am blessed to have had in my life since I was a little girl…God Bless and comfort you all.

  6. Dear Sandy & Family:
    Our heartfelt condolences. You both are treasured friends. We are so blessed that we got to know & love Bob when you resided in Country Place.
    Diane & Bobby Dugas

  7. Sandy,

    Charlie and I were so saddened to hear about Bob. Know that you and your family are in our prayers for comfort and healing during this time.

    Much Love,
    Charlie & Debbie

  8. Dear Sandy. So sorry to hear about Bob. He was a sweet , kind and wonderful man. We have missed u so much in CP but glad u are with family. We are keeping u in our prayers that God will give You strength , peace and comfort during this difficult time. Much love. Judy and Sam.

  9. My deepest sympathy to Sandy and family. I was blessed to know both Bob and Sandy. You have been missed here in C. P. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Much love and hugs.
    Jan Kolosseus

  10. Vicki & Kim,

    Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Hugs.

    Monica Smith

  11. I am praying you all have peace during this time as you hold on to all of the beautiful memories Mr.Harville created. Words are hard to express the lasting impression that Mr.Harville made on me. I always enjoyed watching Mr.and Mrs.Harville together and the ease of their loving relationship. I am so thankful you can all take comfort in knowing he has taken his place in Heaven with Mike and you will be able to see him again. Mr. Harville was an inspiration in the way he lived his life and his legacy remains so strong as a wonderful example of a good man, father, husband and grandfather. He will be missed. Sending love and prayers.

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