Harold Helms Harkey

November 27, 1923July 1, 2013

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.

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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


  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 6, 2013
  • Visitation Saturday, July 6, 2013

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July 6, 2013

Lisa & Steve,

Words cannot reflect our sorrow during this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both and Matthew.

Melissa Kupec & Brian Pentland

July 6, 2013

Catherine and I were saddened upon receiving information relative to the death of Harold. Our family had known him along with his parents and siblings for several generations in the Wedingtom community and Weddington United Methodist Church.

Harold certainly leaves a legacy of success in business and service to his fellow citizens. As a veteran myself, I commend him for his long period of service during World War II and his service in combat.

We extend our condolencesd to the family.


Cliff Deal

July 5, 2013

I was so saddened to hear of Uncle Harold's passing earlier this week. He was such a special and good man. Our thoughts and prayers are with his children, grandchildren and loving wife at this time.
Kelly Fox Gregg, Scot Gregg

Margaret Hemric

July 5, 2013

Bonnie, my thoughts are with you and your family at this time. It sounds like your dad was a man who was loved deeply and will be missed by many.
With sympathy,
Margaret Clair Hemric

July 4, 2013

Todd Little

July 4, 2013

Sorry to read of Mr.Harold 's passing, he lived a full life and I know he will be missed greatly by his family. I will always remember him as one of my favorite people to have known. God bless you Mrs. Harkey, Betsy and all your family.

July 4, 2013

Lisa, Steve & Matthew,
Thinking of you and your entire family during this difficult time.
Lee & Dottie Bedell;
Charlie Bedell

July 3, 2013

Harold was a very good friend and neighbor and we enjoyed sharing a lot of good times in Green Mountain. He will be missed, our thoughts and prayer are with you all. Carl Whitson and Family

July 3, 2013

Our memories with Butch and Harold in Green Mountain will never fade. We are so glad they were a part of our lives while they lived there. Harold was such a charm with that smile he always had. Always in our hearts he will be along with the family.

With Our Love,
Jim & Ella Jean,Anthony, Carl & Earlene, Angie, Doyle, Ashton & Moma Julia

Michele Allen

July 3, 2013

My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family...