James Michael Harbin

April 28, 1945October 16, 2020

James Michael Harbin (Mike), 75, passed away peacefully at home in the loving presence of his family on Friday, October,16, 2020 in Birmingham, Alabama.

Mike was born April 28, 1945 in Jasper, Alabama to the late James Harbin, Jr. and the late Wilma Haynes Harbin. He attended Walker County High School and graduated in 1963. After graduation Mike went to work as a Lineman for Alabama Power. He would remain there for the next 44 years, retiring as a Corporate Safety Specialist in 2010. He would not stay retired long, as shortly into his retirement he went back to Alabama Power where he worked for 8 years as a Project Manager. While at Alabama Power, Mike was a two-time recipient of the Alabama Power Presidential Award of Honor. This award is the most prestigious individual award in the Alabama Power Company Safety Awards Program and is given to employees whose actions saved or sustained the life of another person.

On June 2, 1973 Mike married Carita Walton and together would raise two children. Mike loved spending time with his family, talking to friends and watching Alabama football. His life will forever be remembered in the lives of his wife, Carita; his children Tim Harbin (Renee) and Crystal Outzen (Drew); and grandchildren Sean Harbin, Kayla Harbin, Kenley Outzen and Andrew Outzen.

Memorial services will be held at Ridout’s Southern Heritage Funeral Home in Pelham, AL on Friday, October 23 at 12:00 pm. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to United Ability in honor of his grandson, Andrew Outzen.


  • Memorial Service

    Friday, October 23, 2020



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Andy Godley

October 25, 2020

When we were getting ready to retire he gave me good guidance and I will always appreciate it.
Prayers for his family!

Anne & Lonnie Murray

October 23, 2020

Carita & family,
So sorry about Michael. He will be greatly missed. He was a great Man. He loved all of you so much. I have been praying for Michael a long time . I know he is living with God now in Heaven. I love my Cousin dearly.

In Christ ,
Anne , Lonnie & family

Deb (Oppenheim) Hudson

October 23, 2020

I had the privilege to work with Mike in Safety & Health for nearly 20 years. He was so much more than a coworker-he was friend that was like a brother to me! He was like my own brother-had that hard crust on the outside but a warm & loving heart on the inside! When I remarried & moved to Walker County, he showed me shortcuts & back roads to take that made my commute to work easier. I thank God for him being in my life!

Carita & Crystal-May God comfort, strengthen and walk with you through these difficult days ahead without him by your side.

Love & prayers,


1 Peter 5:7

James Long

October 21, 2020

RIP my hero. Thanks for the memories and life lessons.

Jim Murphy

October 20, 2020

Mike or lovingly called Wormy, was my Friend and a Good Man. He was a great worker, great husband, great father, great granddaddy, and I thank God I have the Blessing of knowing him. He will be missed but I will see him when God calls me Home. We first met in about 1975 and the 45 years of knowing him was a Blessing from Heaven.
My prayers and thoughts go out to the family as they grieve his passing from this life to eternal life with Jesus.
I still remember the flower arrangement he sent when my dad passed.
You will be missed and loved by a lot of us.
Praise God for Heaven's Gift.

Jane Chance

October 20, 2020

26 years as neighbors -too many memories to list-we love all of you and Mike will be greatly missed! He was such a fine man and touched so many lives. Praying for strength and peace for your family.

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