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Woman of Wilson: Sandra Harville

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Sandra Harville and her daughter, Julie.

Sandra Harville has some life lessons to share.

It's the small things in life that are the most important. A simple act of giving does more than you know. Find out about your family and loved ones while they are still living.

"One day you will wish you could step back in time and enjoy the moments," Harville advised.

Harville was born in Smithville, the youngest of five siblings. As a small child, Harville was inspired by a lady she barely knew. She remembers "Ms. Hill" fondly.

"The story goes that she was a very wealthy lady from New York, and she had a mutual friend in the small, rural community of Keltonburg. Her project every Christmas was to buy gifts for every child in that small, two-room school, most of whom were somewhat poor or very poor," Harville explained.

"I will never forget how we all waited and anticipated the arrival of those huge boxes filled with gifts wrapped and personalized for each child in the school. Every year at this time, these memories come to life for me. My only regret is that I never had the opportunity to tell Ms. Hill how much happiness and the many smiles she brought to us in that small school every Christmas."

Love and marriage brought Harville to Wilson County.

In 1972, she married the love of her life, Clyde Harville. They lived in Carthage for their first four years of marriage and moved to Lebanon in 1976 - 10 days before their first daughter, Julie Harville (Palmer), was born.

"With both of us working in Lebanon, we wanted to be close to whomever we chose to care for our daughter," she said. The couple had a second daughter, Carrie Harville (Tomlin), in addition to Harville's only son, Trey Estes.

In the 1990s Harville made the brave choice to go back to school and enrolled at Cumberland University. Going to college was an accomplishment that, as a young person, Harville admitted she never saw in her future.

While at Cumberland, Harville was a member of Sigma Beta Delta and Pinnacle, an honor society for non-traditional students. She obtained an Associate of the Arts Degree in Business in 1998.

"It showed me that one is never too old to learn and achieve goals that previously seemed unreachable - having been out of school for 34 years," she said.

Harville has been employed with Spectra Energy for the past 45 years. She has served as Enterprise Asset Management Specialist for nine years and plans to retire in early 2017.

"I have been blessed beyond measure to work with a group of folks, like my family, that are a class above the rest," she said.

Retirement will bring her plenty of time for hobbies and beach trips with her gal pals, Darlene Enzfelder, Carol Roberson and Nancy Hawkins.

Harville said it took some time after her husband's unexpected passing in 2006, following knee replacement surgery, to smile again.

"I found I had to be strong for my family, and time keeps marching on. One has to determine in their hearts to face each day with a prayer and a smile," she added.

Harville has 10 grandchildren who keep her busy: Will Estes, Micah Estes, Evan Ferguson, Mary Caroline Ferguson, Brady Estes, Nathan Tomlin, Wil Palmer, Ben Estes, Finley Tomlin and Macie Palmer.

She is a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church and also sings in the choir.

The woman she most admires is her late mother, Dessie Russell Young. Young passed away in May of 1981.

"She was a humble and godly lady, and I wish I could have recognized those traits at a younger age," Harville said. "She was loved by all who knew her."

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