James W. “Jim” Harkness

July 17, 1948 - January 19, 2021
James W.  “Jim”  Harkness

James “Jim” W. Harkness, passed away at home on January 19, 2021 at the age of 72. He was born July 17, 1948 in Sewickley, PA, but was raised and resided in Wheeling, WV.
Jim graduated from Triadelphia High School and joined the U.S. Navy where he served 6 years as Sonarman. Furthering his education, he graduated from West Liberty University with a degree in english and philosophy. Later, he continued on by obtaining his law degree as a graduate of Duquesne University. With that degree, Jim retired as a U.S. Attorney with the Social Security Administration.
He is preceded in death by his parents, James A. and Vallee (McIlwain) Harkness; sister Diann Beckwith.
Jim is survived by his wife Sharon Harkness; brothers Bruce (Deborah) Harkness and Warren (Barbara) Harkness; sister Jennifer (Stan) Lipinski; several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ohio or Marshall County Animal Shelter.


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  • January 25, 2021
    Dennis R Albaugh says:
    My sincere and humble condolences to the family and friends of Jim.

  • January 25, 2021
    Nancy weeks lit a candle:
    Lit since January 25, 2021 at 1:44:03 PM

  • January 26, 2021
    Chad pasco says:
    Rest on peace jim I know you will be missed by sharon you both are good peopl

  • January 26, 2021
    Rev Jane & Russell Logston says:
    Dear Jennifer, our thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this time. May God be with you. God Bless Jane and Russell

  • January 26, 2021
    Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum says:
    May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time, May you come to know that the love of God is with you always, May your memories of James W. Harkness, give you peace, comfort and strength… Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete. I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers to the family of …. US Navy Veteran, James W. Harkness, is “A True American Hero” God Bless† † Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †