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Harkey Tile and Stone - Teamwork
Jim Harkey

We would like to introduce you to Jim Harkey. Jim was the owner of Renfrow Tile here in Charlotte and true friend to the Greater Charlotte Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) until his untimely death on March 15, 1999. Even in death, Jim's spirit lives on amongst his NARI colleagues and friends, and his memory has been perpetuated through the establishment of the JIM HARKEY MEMORIAL FUND. Born in a log cabin in Mecklenburg Country on October 26, 1940, Jim grew up in Charlotte during the depression, the youngest of three sons of working middle class parents. He was a fun-loving child who enjoyed sports, particularly basketball, baseball, ice-skating and water skiing. He had a passion for cars and boats and was a great fan of Nascar Racing. He was frequently observed building or fixing things.

As a young adult, he fell in love with and subsequently married Robbie Renfrow on October 14, 1961. Robbie's father, Jack, owned Renfrow Tile, and after their marriage, Jim stepped into the family business to work beside Robbie, who had already been working in the business since she was fourteen years old.

Jim and Robbie shared a beautiful life together and were blessed with four sons, Reid, Jackie, Rodney and Jeffrey. When the opportunity arose, Jim bought Renfrow Tile from his Father-in-Law and together with his beloved wife Robbie and two of his sons, Reid and Jeffrey, he carried on the Renfrow Tile legacy for quality product, ethical business and customer satisfaction. Jim always said that his favorite thing about being in the remodeling industry was that it gave him the opportunity to help people and to make sure that his customers always got the best. Jim was one of those rare persons who could successfully navigate a hectic and full life while balancing his devotion to family and friends, his business and God.

Jim was a very kind and loving child and he carried those same qualities along with him into adulthood. He was always smiling and had the ability make everyone around him feel good. His greatest personal pleasure was being with his family and he and Robbie were absolutely thrilled when their first granddaughter was born. Jim got to enjoy her for only a short time before death whisked him away from those he loved on March 15, 1999.

Jim became involved in NARI as one of its founding members in 1991 and remained passionately active throughout the balance of his life. When Jim passed away, the earth must surely have cried so did his family so did NARI.

In loving testimony to our dear friend, Jim, The NARI Chapter of Greater Charlotte, Inc established The Jim Harkey Memorial Fund in 1999. Fundraising monies raised under the auspices of this Fund are donated annually to worthy local causes in Jim&rsquos memory.


 

SCHOLARSHIPS ANNUALLY
$2,000/YEAR

MAKE-A-WISH
OCTOBER 2013
$6,000

CPCC GRANT
APRIL 2009
$500


WEATHERLY MEMORIAL
NOVEMBER 2009
$500

ASHER MEMORIAL
NOVEMBER 2009
$500

LYMPHOMA LUKEMIA SOCIETY
JANUARY 2011
$5,000


CHARLOTTE RESCUE MISSION
JANUARY 2012
$1,000

MAKE-A-WISH
APRIL 2012
$6,000

ANDY WHITLEY
MEDICAL FUND
$9,250


JOSHUA’S FARM
$10,000

CHARLOTTE RESCUE MISSION
2000
$10,000

McGOVERN FAMILY MEDICAL
EMERGENCY FUND
$1,855


AMERICAN RED CROSS
9/11 2001
$2,500

NATIONAL MS SOCIETY
2001
$500

NATIONAL REMODELING FOUNDATION 911
2002
$1,000


CPCC, INSTITUTE OF CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY
2002
$500

NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR AUTISM RESEARCH
2002
$10,000

HOSPICE AT CHARLOTTE
2002
$7,500


AROSA HOUSE
2003
$6,000

MS SOCIETY
2003
$500

ARC MARROW DONOR PROGRAM
2003
$10,000


CPCC FOUNDATION FOR STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS
2004
$500

THE KOMEN FOUNDATION OF CHARLOTTE FOR BREAST CANCER RESEARCH
2004
$500

LOVE, INC.
JAN 2005
$2,500


AMERICAN RED CROSS
SEPTEMBER 2005
$1,500

PRESBYTERY OF CHARLOTTE
SEPTEMBER 2006
$5,000

CHARLOTTE RESCUE MISSION
NOVEMBER 2007
$10,000



CPCC CAREER DAYS
APRIL 2008
$1,000