W. Theophilis Harvey

Age 71, passed away on Sunday, March 14. He was a program and grant writer for the Youth Development Corporation for many years, mentoring young people and securing federal funding for their youth programs. He left Youth Development Corporation to work for the City of Lansing for over 20 years in the Human Relations and Community Service department, overseeing the grants between the city and the non-profit organizations seeking funding.

As an MSU alumni, he enjoyed all things Spartan, especially basketball and football. He was a talented artist who gave away many of his ink drawings for people to enjoy. Many considered him one of the sharpest dressers in Lansing and you could always count on his humor to give you a good laugh.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who adored his family and liked spending time with his many friends. He is survived by his wife Charlotte, his daughter, Josha (Dion), son Theophilis III, and two grandchildren, Nyla and Dominic Jackson.

He touched the lives of many and will truly be missed by all who knew him.

Due to COVID restrictions, a celebration of life will be held at a later date. In Lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Elara Caring Hospice of Lansing. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.


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Haywood and Mary Harvey
March 18, 2021 at 2:27 pm

You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Wish we could be there with you. Love to all.
Haywood and Mary Harvey.

March 19, 2021 at 12:22 am

I will always treasure our friendship. I met you
the sumner of 1969 at MSU. We always stayed in contact no matter what. My prayers to your family. LT

Lanette Simmons
March 21, 2021 at 8:49 am

I am so sorry to hear about Harvey’s passing. My condolences to his family. I met Harvey at MSU in 1969 also. He was always a fun loving, respectable, kind person. I will never forget his laugh and gestures. You have my deepest sympathy.

Lanette (Quip)

Jessica Boyd-Howell
March 21, 2021 at 1:30 pm

My condolences and prayers are with the family and brotherhood of my friend, Willie Harvey. We shared many great times at MSU with this sharp and funny guy! The girls of Akers will always remember and smile when someone calls his name. RIP

Sandy Smith
March 21, 2021 at 3:00 pm

My sincere condolences to the family.
I will always remember you and all the good times we all had at MSU. and there were a lot of fun times. You and J P gave me the nickname (Bits) . May you rest in
peace, and God gives your family comfort.

Sandy (Bits).

John tucker
March 21, 2021 at 6:35 pm

So sorry to hear of theo’s enjoyed working with him many years at YDC my prayers are with all his family.John Tucker

Linda Boyd-Dickson
March 22, 2021 at 2:41 pm

You already know how much your California family love you. And, we’ve known each other for over 50 years. Such beautiful and happy times at MSU. God gave us the gift to remember. What a blessing. So many lovely memories. It was my pleasure knowing you. Rest in Power!
Charlotte, JT and Joshua, please take comfort in knowing that Harv was amazing. Please,
call upon me anytime.


Kim Gamet Jenks
March 25, 2021 at 6:39 pm

My sympathy to the family of Theophilis Harvey, I also worked with Theo at YDC in the late 70’s. He was a sincere and kind man, always a sharp dresser and always had a smile and positive outlook. The last time I ran into him he was having one of his children at Sparrow Hospital and was so very happy and excited. May he rest in peace

Anita Rainey (Williams)
March 27, 2021 at 11:17 am

I worked with Theophilis during the later 1970’s at Youth Development Corporation. I always think of him when I hear someone using a double subject, as he would kindly correct my speech. He was also very generous in sharing the delicious baked goods his mother would mail to him, especially her famous moist pound cake. My sympathy and condolence to his family.

William Young(Billy)
March 27, 2021 at 12:54 pm

Theo was a good man. He was a generous and warm, caring man. I worked with him at Youth Development Corporation for years. Theo always treated the kids with respect and they in return respected him. He would always go the extra mile for you when he was teaching you to help yourself. I know for a fact that he had a impact on hundreds of Lansing youth and Adults. I will miss you my friend. My condolences to your family. You will be greatly missed an loved.

Terry Bobay
March 27, 2021 at 7:51 pm

The Booth/Little family gatherings will not be the same without him. I always enjoyed sitting and talking to him and laughing a lot! So sorry he is no longer with us. Our prayers and love how out to the entire family. Many hugs from the Bobays’. God bless!

Roxanne Osborne
March 30, 2021 at 10:47 am

I worked with Theo at Youth Development Corporation – he was such a wonderful, caring man. Such a sharp dresser. He inspired so many youth and other staff members.

Theophilis Harvey III
April 4, 2021 at 8:21 pm

Dad. I will love you forever and always. Thank you for everything you left me with. I will continue this name in the greatness you have it to me in.


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