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Thomas Vincent Harkins (Tommy)

Thomas Vincent Harkins (Tommy)

Thomas Vincent Harkins (Tommy) passed away on Thursday July 20, 2017. He was born August 24, 1934 in Memphis, TN. A lifelong sports enthusiast and athlete Tommy was able to spend his early years honing his skills as a high school quarterback for Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, TN. He was recruited by Vanderbilt University where he played end. From this position he helped lead Vanderbilt to the 1955 Gator Bowl where they beat a three touchdown favorite Auburn Tiger team 25-12. Tommy went on to represent Vanderbilt in the 1956 Senior Bowl All-Star game in Mobile, AL. Although drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles, Tommy decided to play in the CFL for the Ottawa Roughriders playing two seasons before returning to the States as the head coach for Roanoke Catholic High School in Roanoke, VA. He coached for 5 seasons and in his fifth and final season his team obtained a 9-1 record and the city championship. In his later years Tommy was blessed to receive many accolades including being inducted into the Christian Brothers Hall of Fame and the Roanoke Catholic High School Athletic Hall of Fame, recipient of the All American Football Foundations Bill Wade Unsung Hero Award in 2002, and along with his Gator Bowl team mates Tommy received the Significant Historic Achievement Award presented by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.

In 1966 he started a new career in the investment business where he continued to coach and mentor young men and women toward success. He was affectionately known as Coach throughout the investment community. The investment business brought him and his family to Little Rock in 1979 as he was recruited to run the fixed income division of TJ Raney and Sons. His career in the investment business lasted 36 years until his retirement from Morgan Keegan as Managing Director in 2002. Professional accolades include: Arbitrator for the NASD District 5, and Vice Chairman of the NASD Business Conduct Committee District 5.

Tommy had a deep love for sports, and investments but his true passion was for his family; his wife of 42 years Donna and his children, Tommy Jr, (Shelly) Terri, Gary, Dan, and James (Amy). He was proud of each of his kids for their varied accomplishments and he made this known to all he encountered. He was also proud of and deeply loved his grandchildren, Tommy Harkins III, Joseph Harkins, Sarah Grace Crutcher, and Alex Harkins and great grandchildren, Jenni Rose Harkins and Jillian Alyssa Harkins. He is also survived by his three brothers, Jerry (Mary Lou), Charlie (Marilyn) and Johnny (Georgia).

A visitation will be held at Ruebel Funeral Home located at 6313 West Markham Street in Little Rock, AR on the 24th of July 2017 from 5:00pm 6:30pm with Rosary beginning at 6:30 in the chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of the Holy Souls Catholic Church located at 103 North Tyler Street on the 25th of July 2017 at 10:30am. Memorials can be made to Our Lady of the Holy Souls Catholic Church, Little Rock, Arkansas or to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee. Arrangements are under the direction of Ruebel Funeral Home,

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"I worked with/for Tommy a couple of different times since graduating from college. He always encouraged and listened to that "green, wet-behind-the-ears" kid who was unsure of what she was doing. He coached our girls softball team, and I remember him telling me once "don't look so surprised when you catch the ball!" - trying to build a higher level of confidence in me. He taught me, through the job and through softball, that having confidence in yourself was more than half the battle. We'll all miss your coaching, Coach!"
Carol Hargrove | Little Rock, AR |

"Bless you Tommy! You have moved to your forever home where there is no more pain. You were always an awesome man that I am so glad to of known. Respected, patient and a great leader. Prayers for your family at this time. Ann Rhoads

Ann Rhoads | Little Rock, AR |

"To Donna, James, Dan and other family members. I was 22 when I met and interviewed with TVH at T.J.Raney and Sons at 200 Louisiana. Feel very blessed to have been a part of that special place and era. And thankful to have known such a good man. Godspeed Commodore, you will definitely be missed.

Jay Edwards | Little Rock, AR |

"I remember coach Harkins from my high school years at Roanoke Catholic High school. He was always a nice guy and seemed he really liked coaching us. I think he also taught history classes as well. I think he enjoyed coaching more. I am sorry for the family's loss. "
Robert Stanley | Roanoke, VA |

"To all the Brothers,

I remember Tommy so well when you lived next door on Cowden, and I can imagine how he will be missed by all of you.

The Harkins "boys" were always special to the Smith's. My condolences are with all of you.


Ann Smith Utterback | Gaithersburg, MD |

"WOW! what a day. Hearing that Coach had passed away tore my heart in two. Then moments later I was filled with glee as I reminisced about our time together. As a student with him being my teacher, a player with him being my coach, to him always being my mentor the memories wiped away my momentary sadness. In my 30+ years of coaching at Roanoke Catholic everything I ever said or showed to my players came from Coach. My phone calls to him were the best part of my day. I wish I had called more. To Donna and the entire family always remember you were the love of his life and aside from that you spent a lifetime with one of the good guys. Who could ask for anything more? Then & now---I love you Coach! "
Paul Ripley | Roanoke, VA |

"To The Harkins Family,
I was so saddened to hear of Tommy's passing. He gave me my first real job, and was my boss for over twenty years at T.J. Raney & Sons and Morgan Keegan Co. I enjoyed every minute I worked for this man and have so many laughing, fun memories of all those years! I know for a fact, there were lots of smiling faces waiting at those pearly gates for The Coach/Chief/Commodore! They're back in business now that our leader has joined them. Prayers to all his family and friends...he will truly be missed. "May the perpetual light shine upon him". "

Vickie Smith | Little Rock, AR |

"I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. Tommy was instrumental in my career and I will always hold him in high regard. I'm sorry I didn't make the visitation or funeral, I was out of town and literally just heard about his passing. My condolences to the entire family. May his Memory be Eternal. Mike"
Mike Harb | Little Rock, AR |

"Every time I see my Uncle, I see the bond that he and his brothers have. When my cousins (and Tommy and Donna) Tommy, Gary, Dan, James, Terry their smiles just light up the room (Not to mention Mary Helen who is loved by everyone). I had the priviledge of being coached by the coach when I needed a little investment advice. I must confess that I didn't follow it to the letter.
Could it be that the Harkins can be a little stubborn? Naw never. (Sorry for bad english Mom.) When I do that it is intentional by the way. Speaking of my mother Marilyn Harkins, I always noticed Tommy saw her beauty, and treated her (his sister in law) with great respect. As I grew up and heard the stories of how my Dad and his brothers were raised, I started to realize why they have such great relationships with one another, and why they are so unified in love. Part of the story is that they lost Billy, who was just a year or so younger than my Dad when he was only 19. They also lost their father when my dad, (the oldest) was only 11. The stories I heard about Helen was that she was a very kind and loving person. Tommy Harkins was not only the sports, teaching and business legend; but he has been legendary in love for his family. Keep going Harkins. Love to you all!"

Charlie Harkins III | Whiting, IN |

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