Harkey, Jerry Wayne
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59, of Phoenix, AZ passed away on November 23, 2013. Jerry was an iconic figure in the Arizona musical theatre community for over 35 years. He passed away peacefully surrounded by friends after a long illness. Jerry was born on May 16, 1954 in Cheverly, Maryland to Wilson Banks and Lillian (Bryant) Harkey, and spent his childhood in Lanham, MD. Preceded in death by his parents. Survived by Aunt Laura, cousins, relatives, and many, many friends who held him dear to their hearts. After attending college in Maryland and working in professional theatre in Washington, D.C., Jerry moved to Arizona where he graduated with a Master's Degree in Musical Theatre at Arizona State University. He won several Zoni awards for his musical direction and was well known for his work with Phoenix Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, ASU's Lyric Opera Theatre, Unity of Phoenix, Xavier College Preparatory, and many others. Jerry was a gifted musician, teacher and mentor, considered by many to be the finest musical director they ever had the opportunity to work alongside. He was kind, generous, a devoted son, and a wonderful friend. A celebration of his life will be held on January 13, at 7:00 pm at Phoenix Theatre. Further information, condolences, photos, or a favorite memory of Jerry may be posted on www.facebook.com/jerrywayneharkey. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jerry Harkey Memorial Scholarship at Phoenix Theatre, 100 East McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85004, or the Body Positive/Wellness Center, 1101 N. Central Ave., Suite 200, Phoenix, AZ 85004.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Dec. 1, 2013