OBITUARY

Eugene Thomas Harley

August 18, 1929April 9, 2021

Eugene Thomas Harley was born on August 18, 1929 in Washington DC, where he was raised in a large family with his Father (Thomas Harley), Mother (Sarah Harley), and nine other siblings. Although they had limited resources growing up (sometimes going to school hungry), they were always loving and loyal to each other. Eugene ultimately had to leave high school early in order to work and help provide for his family.

His upbringing contributed to the toughness and resilience that he demonstrated throughout his life. As one would expect in this type of environment, there would be some physical altercations, and due to his tenacity as a fighter, some of his peers told him that he should get into boxing. He was highly successful in the local amateur scene, and that led to his first professional bout. The story he would often tell was that he was offered 25 dollars to fight in Newport News. He jumped at that offer because, as he said, he didn't have 25 cents! He won that bout, but he was disappointed that he received just over half of that amount, after they deducted travel and lodging expenses.

Along with this toughness, he was a kind, generous, and loyal man who would give you the shirt off of his back if you needed it. He had a charismatic spirit and loved to laugh and flirt with the ladies (even near his final days).

He lived independently and was active for over the first 90 years of his life, even surviving a heart attack and getting a defibrillator implanted along the way. This independence was compromised after a fall that fractured his hip, which required surgery. Because this happened during the COVID-19 pandemic, he was tested for COVID, which turned up positive. He spent the next four months in a nursing home healing and rehabilitating, including the first few weeks in quarantine. He was eventually able to return home, once a full-time home aid was provided for him. Rose was very dedicated to his care, all the way up until his heart began to have difficulty pumping blood, which led him to be hospitalized and ultimately admitted to the same nursing home where he resided the previous summer. They did everything to keep him comfortable throughout his stay, and immediately notified me (his son) to pay him a final visit when he was in decline.

He passed away on April 9, 2021 at 8:40pm as the last remaining member of his immediate family, and is survived by Paul Derek Harley (son), Jennie Harley-Scott (daughter), Sunni Harley (daughter), Tonja Harley (niece), Diane Curtis (niece), Delores Campbell (niece), Mack Warren (grandson), Marie Warren (granddaughter), Gerald Scott (grandson), Jabari Scott (grandson), and several grandnieces, grandnephews, and great-grandchildren.

  • FAMILY

  • Paul Derek Harley, Son
  • Jennie Harley-Scott, Daughter
  • Sunni Harley, Daughter
  • Tonja Harley, Niece
  • Diane Curtis, Niece
  • Delores Campbell, Niece
  • Mack Warren, Grandson
  • Marie Warren, Granddaughter
  • Gerald Scott, Grandson
  • Jabari Scott, Grandson
  • as well as several grandnieces, grandnephews, and
    great-grandchildren.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, April 17, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, April 17, 2021

Memories

Eugene Thomas Harley

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Tonja Harley

April 14, 2021

My uncle Eugene was the last of 10 children...he had 5 sisters Evangaline,Lorraine ,Manerva,Irene & Delores 4 brothers my father Frank ,Earl Stanley and Bernard..my grandmother known by all as Dolly Harley had 35 grandkids who I'm the youngest girl thats why im known as Tonja baby lol...its alot of us lol ..i call his (uncle Eugene)daughter Sunni my west coast twin.I send prayers to Derek Sunni and Jennie loosing their dad especially living out of state is difficult. .hugs and prayers my Harley family.. kisses