Mamie Sue Harkins

mamie harkins

March 17, 1924 ~ December 2, 2021

Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Fairview, NC

Mamie Sue Harkins, 97, passed away on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at her life-long home in Fairview.

A native of Buncombe County, Mamie Sue was born March 17, 1924 to the late Thomas Houston Smart and Mollie Elizabeth Harris Smart.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Carroll Lucius Harkins, her brother, Robert Milton Smart, and sister Lovata Elizabeth Simihtsi.

She is survived by her three sons – Doug Harkins of Fairview and wife Dale, Ken Harkins of Saluda and wife Kay, and Bruce Harkins of Fairview and wife Suzanne, and three grand daughters – Charlotte Harkins Bradshaw and husband David of Belton, Texas, Caroline Harkins McCarty and husband Josh of Portland, Oregon, and Emily Harkins Ripple and husband Michael of Atlanta, Georgia.

During WWII, Mamie Sue worked at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. As the war ended, she returned home to Fairview and soon met her future husband, Carroll, who had served with the US Army in Europe. They were both so glad to have survived the greatest events of their generation – The Great Depression and WWII and were eager to start a family. After the war, she worked for the US Civil Service in Asheville until the 1950’s. When C. P. Clare & co. opened a factory in Fairview, she worked there in inspections and quality control until she retired in 1986 to care for her aging father.

She was a devoted, daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother who cared tenderly for her family. She will be dearly missed.

A funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 7, 2021 in the Chapel of Groce Funeral Home at 856 Tunnel Road, Asheville. Reverend Sandra McNeill Kern will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, and requests all guests wear a face mask while in the Chapel. Burial will follow the service and will be in Cane Creek Cemetery in Fairview.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the North Carolina Division of Services for the Blind, whose books-on-tape and special equipment for the visually impaired made life more pleasurable in her later years, as she lost her eye sight to macular degeneration.
Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road is assisting the family.


Funeral Service:

Room: Chapel

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road
856 Tunnel Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805



Cane Creek Cemetery
Grave Yard Road
Fairview, NC 28730

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  1. Mamie Sue Harkins was one of the finest people I have ever known. Her integrity, kindness, intelligence, resiliency, and sense of humor were an inspiration to me, and to countless others who loved and admired her. We will always remember her and honor her life.

    Heartfelt condolences to Mamie Sue’s family, whose devotion sustained her to the very end.

  2. My condolences to Mami
    Sue’s family .She was a special friend and neighbor
    Enjoyed our visits at the Welcome Table .

  3. Mami Sue was a precious lady so full of life & inspiration. She was a joy to be with. Prayers for all her family. We know she will be greatly missed.🙏💕

  4. Hi I’m so sorry to hear about Mamie Sue she was such a sweet sweet person My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family I would be there today with you but I have been sick

  5. Signed her forgotten granddaughter. It took so long to decide whether to bother. But seeing this is for me to say goodbye i decided to go for it. She was a wonderful woman and missed so dearly. I wish I’d had more t8me with her.

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