05 Mar Couple of the Month: Yolanda and Christopher Hervey
HER STORY: YOLANDA HERVEY
Native of: Conway.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Philander Smith College.
Job: Right now, I’m at home, virtual schooling my 11-year-old niece, but I will soon start a new career in real estate.
Parents: Marsha Stratton and Artis Davis of Conway.
Church activities: Deaconess and youth ministry volunteer at Greater Pleasant Branch Baptist Church.
Hobbies/special interests:I love to draw, paint and create anything with my hands.
What is one thing people don’t know about you? I have a clone. Well, an identical twin sister.
Most enjoyed weekend activity: Spending time with family and traveling with my niece for volleyball tournaments.
What do you enjoy most about living in the 501? I love that my friends and family are here. Our daughter has grown up and moved away, but we knew we had to raise her in Conway. Growing up here, I’ve seen the city grow so much. There are a lot of new businesses and faces. I’ve made so many new friends, but I love that I still have wonderful relationships with the people I grew up with. Shout out to Class of ‘91!
HIS STORY: CHRISTOPHER HERVEY
Native of: Conway.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in finance from from University of Central Arkansas.
Job: Agency owner / Christopher Hervey, Allstate Insurance Agency.
Parents: Lloyd and Verna Hervey of Conway.
Community activities: Conway Morning Rotary Club, Chair of Public Relations; member of Faulkner County NAACP; Conway Chamber of Commerce Equity, Inclusion & Diversity Business Task Force; participant in Marguerite Vann’s Distinguished Gentleman’s Program; and member of Kappa Alpha Psi Conway Alumni.
Church activities: Deacon and director of student ministry at Greater Pleasant Branch Baptist Church.
How would you describe yourself? Calm, compassionate, fun-loving, and thoughtful (sometimes).
What is one thing people don’t know about you? I was part of an opera titled “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” I was Amahl.
Hobbies: Basketball and reading.
Most enjoyed weekend activity: Going out with Yolanda and watching basketball, football and movies.
What is your motto? “ … to be conformed to the image of His Son.” (Romans 8:29)
What do you enjoy most about living in the 501? I love the community feel of Conway. When there is a crisis, Conway rallies around one another to meet the need. In most of my experience, you can find a friend around every corner, and we have been blessed to grow up in such a beautiful community. We love “the Way.”
When/how we met: 1989 at Conway High School. We were high school sweethearts.
The proposal: We went out to eat in Little Rock, and on our way back, Chris seemed very nervous, so nervous that he ran a red light! We arrived at his parents’ house and he handed me a window marker. On my car window, he’d written, “Will you marry me?” with yes or no check boxes. LOL! It was also a surprise engagement party. I guess he knew I’d say yes! He proposed that night without a ring, but, to my surprise, the next day he presented the ring to me at church.
Wedding bells: We were married May 15, 2004, at Greater Pleasant Branch Baptist Church.
Children: Alexis Hervey, 27, now residing in Texas, and we also raise our niece Joselyn, who is now 11.
Family activities enjoyed together: Netflix/movie nights. We enjoy hosting friends (pre-COVID-19) and collaborating on just about anything.