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Thomas Harkey

Thomas Gilbert Harkey

Shreveport, LA - Gilbert Harkey was born on March 10, 1924, in Lake Providence, Louisiana. He passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 15, 2012, at the Grace Home in Shreveport, Louisiana. The family will welcome visitors at Osborn Funeral Home on Sunday, November 18 from 3 pm to 5 pm. A memorial service will begin at 10 am on Monday, November 19, at the Couch Chapel at First United Methodist Church. Entombment will follow at Forest Park Cemetery.

Mr. Harkey was a graduate of Lake Providence High School, Webb Preparatory School of Tennessee and Louisiana Tech University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was a home builder and land developer in the Shreveport area for over 60 years. He had one of the largest real estate brokerage firms in the Shreveport area for fifteen years. His developments included a number of subdivisions in Southern Hills and he pioneered a number of developments in the Ellerbe Road area.

He proudly served as a patrol bomber pilot in the Navy during World War II. He was a founding member and past president of the Home Builders Association of Shreveport-Bossier, a founding member and past president of the Louisiana State Home Builders Association. He served as vice president of the National Association of Home Builders on its executive committee. Also, he was selected to the Hall of Fame for Home Builders by the Home Builders Association of Shreveport-Bossier and the Louisiana Home Builders Association. He was a founding member and past president of the Louisiana Tech Engineering and Science Foundation.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Sheila (Peggy) Morrison Harkey; children, Thomas G. Harkey, Jr., and wife, Sherry; daughter, Sheila Harkey; his beloved grandchildren, Elliot Burt and his wife, Tanya, of St. Louis, Missouri; Brady Harkey and his wife, Annie, of Birmingham, Alabama and Denny Harkey, of Birmingham Alabama. He is also survived by great grandchildren, Jayden Harkey, Ethan Burt and Macie Burt. Survivors also include his brother, Haynes Harkey and wife, Barbara, of Monroe, Louisiana and sister, Allein Watson and her husband, Phil, of Saint Joseph, Louisiana.

Pallbearers will be Dennis Bergeron, Edward Blanchard, William Brandon, Neal Cramer, Dr. Tom Grant, Bobby Hendrix, Dr. Robert Rosenzweig and Lawrence Whitaker. Honorary pallbearers will be Captain Jack Endacott and John Iles.

Memorials may be sent to the Grace Home, 1035 Margaret Place, Shreveport, LA 71101 or The Louisiana Tech Engineering and Science Foundation, P. O. Box 10348, Ruston, LA, 71272.

Gilbert's dry wit will be missed by all who knew him.

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Published in Shreveport Times from Nov. 17 to Nov. 19, 2012
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