- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 19, 2017

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - The longtime editor of one of Alabama’s best-known small newspapers has died.

Veteran journalist Sam Harvey died Tuesday of complications from liver cancer. He was 86.

Harvey edited The Advertiser-Gleam of Guntersville for 47 years. He was a former president of the Alabama Press Association and a recipient of the organization’s lifetime achievement award.

The Advertiser-Gleam isn’t a daily paper, publishing twice a week with a circulation of about 10,000. But it’s widely known for a conversational writing style and its folksy obituaries, which go into far more detail than most newspapers.

Harvey’s father, Porter Harvey, established the newspaper. Sam Harvey retired three years ago and sold the paper to the Shelton newspaper family of north Alabama.

Survivors include Harvey’s four children. A funeral is planned for Monday.

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