C.A. Harkey, 93, of San Saba, Tx passed away on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at his residence. C.A. was born on September 30, 1917 at Babyhead, in San Saba County to Charles A. Harkey and Josie Tucker Harkey.
C.A. and Ivy Lee Haley were united in marriage on December 2, 1933 in San Saba, TX. C.A. was a Contractor and a Rancher. He was a member of the Baptist Church and was also a member of the Alpha Lodge and Odd Fellows of San Saba.
C.A. is survived by, his son, Dwight and wife Carol Ann of San Saba, TX; sisters, Larue Brooks of Hawkins, TX; grandchildren, Duke Lindsey and wife Michelle of San Saba, TX, Audrey Heath of Fort Worth, TX, Vicki Bradley of Fort Worth, TX, Will Harkey of Waco, TX and Katylee Harkey of Houston, TX; his great-grandchildren, Heather Mitchell and husband Brian of Fort Worth, TX; Kari Ann Owen and husband Tyler Owen of Cherokee, TX; Nikki Lindsey of Stephenvile, TX and Joe Lindsey of San Saba, TX and five great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services were held on Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 2:00 PM at the Howell Doran Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Sam Crosby and Rev. Richard Vandeventer officiating. Interment was at the China Creek Cemetery.
Harkey was an avid hunter and fisherman, having hunted several areas of Texas, as well as New Mexico, Kansas, Louisiana, and Colorado. His favorite was the annual hunting trip up to Colorado with a crew of San Saba hunters that began during the mid-fifties. He began his Colorado hunting experience with a contingent of San Saba hunters camped on the Blanco River, close to Pagosa Spgs., Archuleta Co. and eventually trekked on up to Norwood in San Miguel Co. He enjoyed hunting Mule deer up there for 40 years, with most of that time up in the Uncompaghre forest around San Miguel Co.
Harkey enjoyed the long time association with many of the local ranchers & businessmen. He also enjoyed fishing around San Saba, especially down at the ol’ Towerton Place at the Colony, where he caught many large Yellowcats while trout-lining.
The annual trip up the San Saba to Ft. McKavett in the early spring for gigging Round-back Suckers was one he treasured and trained many a young fisherman in the art.
Hosting well attended back yard cookouts for fish-fries and Barbecues was among his favorite activities where he also entertained friends & family with his fishing & hunting tales.
Grandkids & great-grandkids were his most attentive audience. He lived life well and did a good job of it.