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James David "Jim" Harkins passed away Thursday, May 12, 2017.
Jim was born in 1936 in Charleston, W.Va., to John and Hannah Venetta Harkins.
After graduating from Charleston Catholic High School, he attended West Virginia State in Nitro, W.Va. and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. Following an honorary discharge, Jim's career in the nascent information technology industry took him around the United States. First, Houston, Texas, where he worked at Union Carbide and attended the University of Houston. Next was Ashland, Ky., where he worked at Ashland Oil and in 1968 was named a Kentucky colonel by former Govenor Nunn. Following was a stint as Vice President of Information Services with Integon in Winston-Salem, N.C. While at Integon, Jim attended an executive education program at Harvard Business School.
In 1988 Jim and Carol, his wife of 59 years, headed to Portland, Ore., where he served as President of Marketing One before he and Carol started and successfully operated their own AlphaGraphics print shop. Jim and Carol joined Portland Golf Club, where they enjoyed many close friends, great golf and good times. It was through PGC that Jim was introduced to the Lyder Cup golfing group, which provided many happy memories. Jim was known for his quick wit, tight wallet, love of golf and yarn-spinning mastery. The last of these traits kept his children enthralled as the family made its annual pilgrimage to the world-renowned amusement destination, Camden Park in Huntington, W.V.
In addition to Carol, Jim is survived by his son, Jim "Jimmy" (Diana) Harkins; three daughters, Barbara (Fave) Harkins; Cindy "Cinderella" (Michael) Grimm; and Connie Harkins "Constance Mary" (Doug Newby); two granddaughters, Emma and Catherine Harkins; a sister, Kathy "Toots" (George) Reeb; and many nieces and nephews. He was a "super" guy and will be greatly missed.
A funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 22, 2017, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Portland, Ore., followed by a private burial.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Catholic Charities.
Published on May 20, 2017
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