Harold Helms Harkey, formerly of Charlotte, and a current resident of Denver, NC, went to be with our Heavenly Father on July 1st, 2013, at the age of 89. He was a longtime resident of Weddington and also lived in Charlotte before retiring to Green Mountain, NC. Harold was born on November 27, 1923, to the late Mark and Lola Harkey of Weddington. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Catherine and brother, Marcus Jackson.
Upon graduation from Waxhaw High, Harold served in the 13th Infantry of the 8th Division of the US Army in WWII from March 1943 through November 1945. He served in four campaigns including Normandy, Northern France, the Rhineland, and Central Europe and at one point under General Patton. He earned 4 Bronze Stars, a WWII Victory Medal, a Medal of Good Conduct, the Combat Infantry Badge, the American Campaign Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Europe Medal, a Sharpshooter Badge, and an Honorable Service Lapel pin.
After the war, Harold began a lifelong career in the electrical contracting business where he retired in 1989 as a partner of Reid Electric Company in Charlotte. He was a member of the American Legion Post 262 and the Charlotte Eastern Lions Club, where he served as Secretary and earned a Distinguished Service Award from the NC Association for the Blind. Harold's many contributions included making the Duplex Cottage at Camp Dogwood for the Blind a possibility, and helping many of the youth groups at First United Methodist Church in Charlotte. Hobbies included gardening, enjoying wildlife and traveling.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Edna Ray Crane Harkey and by four daughters; Bonnie Duckworth and husband, Randall of Charlotte; Linda Stallings and husband, Gene, Lisa McClanahan and husband, Steve, as well as Betsy Moorhead and husband, Mark, all of Denver, NC Survivors also include five grandchildren; Lauri Baker, Amy Peterson, Adam Geist, Jennifer Salzman, and Matthew McClanahan as well as five great- grandchildren; Payton Baker, Lily, Nathan and Anna Clark Peterson, and Finley Geist. He was dearly loved and admired by his family.
A memorial service will be held at McEwen Pineville Chapel on Saturday, July 6th at 2:00 PM where family will receive friends immediately following. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the N.C. Lions Camp Dogwood, P.O. Box 39, Sherrills Ford, N.C. 28657, Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topkea, KS, 66675, or the American Legion Post 262, 1940 Donald Ross Rd, Charlotte, N.C. 28266.
Condolences may be made at www.mcewenpinevillechapel.com
He Dreams, He Plans,
He Struggles that we might have the best.
His sacrifice is quiet. His life is love expressed.
Bonnie, Linda, Lisa and Betsy