Frank Staunton Harkins Jr.
Our "Champion" peacefully passed away in his home after a year's battle with glioblastoma.
Born Frank Staunton Harkins, Jr., on May 16, 1939, in Charleston, WV to the late Frank and Margret Cabell Harkins, he was known as Bucky to his many friends and as Duke or Champion to his 3 children, their spouses, and his 11 perfect grandchildren.
He was graduated from Charleston (WV) High School, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and Stonier Graduate School of Banking, Rutgers University. His professional life began at Kanawha Valley Bank where he worked for 15 years. A trusted and respected banker, he eventually became President and CEO of the Bank of Raleigh and later Chairman of the Board and CEO of Horizon Bancorp, Inc. He retired from his successful career in 1999.
He was deeply involved in the community and took great pride serving as a trustee, Deacon, and elder for the Beckley Presbyterian Church as well as in numerous leadership positions with the Chamber of Commerce, the YMCA, the United Way, Paul Harris of Rotary International, the former Mountain State University, Mac's Toy Fund, Theatre WV, the American Bankers Association, and the WV Bankers Association. Later in life, he was a member of the Providence Presbyterian Church and the Providence Country Club.
Bucky and his wife Ann started their lives together in Charleston, WV, where their 3 children were born. They moved to Beckley, WV in 1976 where they raised their family and formed many strong and lasting friendships. In 2015 they relocated to Charlotte, NC, to be closer to some of their family. Ann and Bucky were blessed with 54 years of marriage.
Bucky was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing with both his "Young Friends" and with his "Senior Buddies". Anyone who faced him on a green quickly learned there was magic in his old putter. He loved reading, relaxing at Myrtle Beach, playing bridge and watching the stock market. He had a life-long passion for ribs, steak, BBQ and red wine.
His greatest joy came from time spent with his children and grandchildren. He had a natural knack for all form of games. From cards, to board games, to corn-hole or golf, he would win so often his family simply referred to him as the "Champion", a title he relished.
Mr. Harkins is survived by his wife, Ann King Harkins, their son, Frank Staunton Harkins III and his wife Eileen, their daughters VanBibber Harkins Pennington and her husband Deran, and Elizabeth Harkins Honrado and her husband Dane. Their 11 perfect grandchildren are Frank Staunton Harkins IV, Margaret Konnick Harkins, Luke Davis Harkins, Ann Elise VanBibber Pennington, Truman Huls Pennington, Tate Harkins Pennington, Cordell Dane Honrado, Jr., Madison Clay Honrado, Bailey Elizabeth Honrado, Blair Harkins Honrado, and Cohen King Honrado. He is also survived by his sisters Patricia Harkins Frazier and Lynn Harkins Goldsmith and her husband Flick, all of Charleston, WV and 4 nephews and 3 nieces.
The visitation will be held at Providence Presbyterian Church, 10140 Providence Church Lane, Charlotte on Friday, November 15 from 5-7pm in the Fellowship Hall. Funeral services will be at 11am the following day, Saturday, November 16, also at Providence Presbyterian Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy can be made to the Providence Presbyterian Church, Charlotte.
An online guestbook is available at www.heritagecares.com.
Published on November 13, 2019

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Rex Teaney
Nov 27, 2019
Bucky and I played many rounds of golf together in the 70’s and 80’s at the Country Club of North Carolina when I was with Wachovia Bank in Winston Salem NC and he was President of the Bank of Raleigh . Bucky was a great banker and golfer but an even greater person.
Betsy Mayer
Nov 14, 2019
I am so sorry to hear about Bucky. He always brought a smile to my face, even when he was telling me how to do it right. You have such a wonderful family. I hope your memories and stories bring you comfort. Prayers to you all.
Jacqueline and Chad Kulas
Nov 14, 2019
We are deeply sorry for your loss. What an incredible and accomplished man. He was so blessed to have such a loving family. I pray for your healing and comfort during this difficult time.
William & Darlene Pennington
Nov 14, 2019
A great man with a great plan completed in the arms of God!
Tom and Amy Shober
Nov 13, 2019
Although we have met Bucky we didnt know him well - but we do know and love his son Staunton and wife Eileen. What a beautiful family. Prayers. He is dancing with Jesus.
J.E. and Chris McGraw
Nov 13, 2019
So sorry to hear for Bucky's passing. He was a true "champion".