Judge John Norman Harkey

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Judge John Norman Harkey   

August 1, 2014 

Judge John Norman Charles Harkey of Batesville was born February 25, 1933 to the late O.J. & Margaret Fleming Harkey of Ola, AR and died August 1, 2014. 

He leaves his wife of 55 years, Willa Charlton, formerly of Fayetteville; two children, Judge John Adam Harkey of Batesville and Sarah Ashley Mayfield of Springdale; four grandchildren, Autumn Jones, Alex and Brad Mayfield, and Hannah Harkey; two great-grandchildren, Ian and Eli Jones; and a half-brother JB Arnold. His step-father, J. Burton Arnold, II, preceded him in death. 

He attended school in Hardy and various places before graduating Batesville High School in 1950. He was a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. After graduating the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville in 1959, he practiced law in Batesville. He became a Judge in 1989 until his retirement in 2008. 

Services will be held Tuesday August 5, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Independence County Courthouse in Batesville. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Humane Society of Independence County, Old Independence Regional Museum, or your charity of choice.