Harvey "Claus" Morrison, his name was Harvey Newton Morrison, but most folks in the Four State area and everywhere he travelled knew him simply as "Harvey Claus." Harvey Morrison passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of Dec. 22, 2015 after a battle with a heart condition. He recently celebrated his 84th birthday.

Harvey N. Morrison was born on Nov. 3, 1931, in Gruver, Texas, to Leo and Dora Morrison. He

has three sisters, Melba Rasor of Gruver, Texas, Ruth Rasor of Miami, Okla., and Mary Nell Giles of Dallas, Texas. He married Pearl Berry and they adopted two children; Scott Morrison of

Broken Arrow, Okla. and Sherri Butler of Moore, Okla. Pearl preceded him in death in

February of 1975. Harvey married Barbara Mann of Conroe, Texas on December 1 of that same year and the family doubled in size with the addition of her two children, Kathy Mills of Miami, Okla. and Allen Mann of Clermont, Fla.

He is survived by his sisters, his children and many grandchildren.

Harvey was a watchmaker by trade and began his long term career in the watch, jewelry and trophy business at Miami Sales in downtown Miami. In 1981, Harvey and his wife Barbara opened Harvey's Diamonds and Gifts at 7 South Main in Miami where they remained in business until early this year. "Harvey Claus" is known throughout the Four State area for his commercials where he dressed up like Santa Claus in many of his advertisements.

He was a great supporter of NEO Athletics and many local charities. He was also a

member of the First Presbyterian Church of Miami.

He will be missed in downtown Miami and at NEO football and basketball games. Miami is a better place because of the contributions of businessmen like "Harvey Claus."

 

Funeral Service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28, 2015 at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home Chapel in Miami, Okla. Rev. Allen Mann will officiate. Interment will be in G.A.R. Cemetery in Miami, Okla. Pallbearers will be Dale Patterson, Roger Ward, Jim Rowland, Eric Iverson, Dustin Grover and John Parrison. Honorary Pallbearers will be NEO A&M Basketball and Football Coaches. The family will receive friends from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015 at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home Chapel in Miami, Okla. Services have been placed in care of the Paul Thomas Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Miami, Okla. Online condolences may be made at www.paulthomasfuneralhomes.com.