Death of Lynndal Earl Harkins

Lynndal E. Harkins, 75, of Charleston, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014 at home.

He was born Aug. 24, 1939 to the late Samuel J. and Mabel Litton Harkins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Glenna Nida Harkins, and brother, Paul G. “Skip” Harkins.

Lynndal graduated from Charleston High School in 1957 and served in the U.S. Navy before returning to Charleston. Working full time and attending college at night, he graduated from Morris Harvey College in 1971 with degrees in both business administration and mathematics.

He retired from Dow Chemical in 2003 with over 37 years of service to the company and its predecessor, Union Carbide Corporation.

In retirement, Lynndal took his first dance lesson and became an avid dancer. With his fiancee, Becky Shelton Ellis, he danced several times weekly with the Extreme Country Dance Club, Goodtime Country Dancers, Kickin’ Kountry Couples, Speak Easy Singles and at the Marmet Recreation Center.

Lynndal was a Mason, a member of the Scottish Rite and a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. He was a volunteer at Charleston Area Medical Center and actively participated in the Union Carbide Old Timers Club.

He is survived by fiancee, Becky Shelton Ellis of Charleston; children, David Harkins of Fort Mill, S.C., Kelli Barton and her companion, Tim Clemmons, Jane Ann Harmon and her husband, Harvey, and son Matt Harkins, all of Charleston; grandchildren, Katy, Suzy, Michael and Cary Harkins, and their mother, Tracy, of Fort Mill, S.C., Heather, Robert and Emily Barton of Charleston, Seth, Autumn and Noah White, and their father, Duane, of Franklin, N.C., Abigail Cooper of West Hamlin and Gaberiel Harkins of Charleston; great-grandchildren, Kya Isom and Aubrey Cooper; sisters, Carmen Ranson and her husband, Charles, of Goldtown, Phyllis “Connie” Barron of Charleston and Gwendolyn Cummings and her husband, Charles, of Bowling Green, Ky.; sister-in-law, Jane Miller and her husband, Ed, of Kenna; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, at Bartlett-Burdette-Cox Funeral Home, Charleston. Burial will follow at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations may be made in memory of Lynndal to the American Heart Association, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation or a charity of your choice.

Bartlett Burdette Cox Funeral Home, 513 Tennessee Ave., Charleston, WV 25302, is serving the Harkins family.