The Confederate Stamp Alliance wishes to recognize our members who have left us.
Harvey Stuart Teal
1928 – 2020
Long-time member Harvey S. Teal, of Columbia, South Carolina, died April 28, 2020. An avid collector of South Carolina postal history, Harvey joined the CSA in 1965 as member 1307—a member for 55 years. He was thrilled to be promoted to the rank of honorary general in the Alliance just last year, in recognition for his contributions to the CSA and to Confederate philatelic research. This year, Harvey was also awarded the prestigious Rowland Hill Award from the Southeast Federation of Stamp Clubs.
Harvey partnered with Rich Murphy to edit the South Carolina stampless section of the Confederate States of America Catalog and Handbook of Stamps and Postal History. He was one of the go-to students for the topic, respected by all who knew him.
Over the years, Harvey contributed numerous articles to the Confederate Philatelist, often announcing new discoveries and thus becoming a familiar name to readers. His last CP articles identified three new handstamped provisionals, which are now listed in the Scott Catalogue due to his keen eye and analysis.
My personal memories of Harvey are of the equally-early riser who could be found in the show hotel restaurant when it opened. Consequently, we often enjoyed breakfast together as we were both “flying solo.” He enjoyed sharing his vast philatelic knowledge and would often stop by my booth to reveal his latest treasures or share information. He attended CSA and APS conventions whenever he could, even as his health failed in his nineties.
Harvey was born in Patrick, South Carolina, on 15 July 1928, a son of William M. and Ethelene Williams Teal. A 1946 graduate of Midway School in Kershaw County, he went on to serve in the U.S. Army from September 1946 to December 1947.
Following his military service in Italy, Harvey attended the University of South Carolina from 1948-53, where he was awarded B.A. and M.Ed. Degrees. He was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by Lander University in 2002.
Harvey spent his career as an educator in the public-school system, where he taught Social Studies at Hand Junior High School from 1953-67, as well as serving as assistant principal 1956-67. He was chief supervisor of Resource Development, Office of Instructional Television for the S. C. Department of Education from 1969-1986.
After retirement, he continued to serve his communities as a writer, volunteer, community leader, and “shoe-leather historian.” He collected artifacts of importance to state and local history, writing and retelling the stories of their origins and historical context. He had a passion for antique bottles and Southern pottery, as well as South Carolina postal history. Harvey donated many thousands of discovered artifacts to the Caroliniana library at the University of South Carolina.
Harvey Teal was a prolific writer and editor of publications too many to list. In 2001, Governor Jim Hodges awarded him the Order of the Palmetto, the state’s highest civilian honor, for his achievements and service to the state.
He is survived by his daughter, Teresa Lynn Boswell (Beler); and son, Marshall Dennis Teal, both of Columbia; as well as six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Iris Teal Burgess, and his beloved wife, Ella Catherine, and will be laid to rest next to her in the Cassatt Baptist Church Cemetery.
To Alliance members who knew him, Harvey will be remembered as a gentle soul of humble demeanor and endless philatelic knowledge, which he generously shared. He will be missed.
Patricia A. Kaufmann