by Christopher Harbin

A Funeral Sermon
Christopher B. Harbin
Psalm 23

We gather today to honor the life and contributions of William Lee Harkey. We gather to say ''Good-bye'' to one taken from our midst. As we gather today, we come as family, friends, and co-workers. We come as individuals. The grief through which we struggle is different for every one of us, as well it should be. We are all affected differently by the death and passing of William Lee Harkey. It means something different to each one of us, for the loss of each is different, and the issues of life facing each one of us is different, as well.

At work, he was known as Bill, a boss dedicated to his career of 30 years at AEP Industries. He was known to threaten to fire co-workers who showed up to visit him at the hospital while he was ill. In the Korean War, he served proudly as an military police escort, often enough breaking up brawls between Army and Marine forces. At play and in family, he was known as Harkey, bringing a smile to faces as he entered a room.

Harkey had many varied interests, taking on life with relish. He loved his family, his dogs Bella and Harley, his '06 Corvette, motorcycles, electronics, barbecuing, Daytona bike rides, hummingbirds, sky-diving, Halloween, banana pudding, and never wanted to retire.

With his varied experience and interests, Harkey left an impact on different people in different ways. He left an impression on a young step-son, asking him at his wedding, ''So, are you gonna be my Daddy, now?'' He will be remembered for a canoe trip in which he chased down bears to get pictures with them. He will be remembered as a walking, human jukebox with all the lyrics to so many songs. He will be remembered for calling his friends over to help themselves to the beer an underage son was planning to take to a party. He will be remembered for his inability to dance, along with the willingness to dance anyway when asked by his wife. He will be remembered for phone calls to check up on h ...

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