Rev. Alan L. Harkey, 67, of Simpsonville, husband of his loving wife, Janet Bosse Harkey, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. Born in Sanford, FL, he was the son of the late Rev. Bernard Luther Harkey and Mary Alice Harkey Kronjaeger. In addition to his wife, Janet, Rev. Harkey is survived by his sons, Christopher Luther Harkey (Hope), and David Alexander Harkey, all of Greenville; grandchildren, Ella Mae, Henry Luther, Hudson Robert, Christopher Allan, Erin Elizabeth, and Carolina Raine Harkey; one brother, Trey Kronjaeger (Cyndra); four sisters, Sarah Simmons (Harvey), Grace Page (Tim), Beth Anne Hubrecht, and Jeanenne Brugnolotti (Steve); a brother-in-law, Larry Bosse (Joan); and a sister-in-law, Donna Guzikowski (Chris). Rev. Harkey was preceded in death by one grandson, Hosea David Harkey. Rev. Alan Harkey was well known for his extensive work on behalf of disadvantaged people throughout the world. A former chief of staff to two senators and a congressman from the state of Florida, Rev. Harkey served for 14 years as president and CEO of Christian Blind Mission International USA (CBMI). During that time he introduced the concept for a worldwide campaign to eliminate avoidable blindness by the year 2020. That campaign, called “Vision 2020-The Right To Sight”, has become an international movement supported by many national governments, the World Health Organization, the Vatican, and more than 30 notable support groups including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Carter Center, Lions International, and others. Since its launch in 1998, “Vision 2020-The Right To Sight” has made a major impact on reducing blindness world-wide. Rev. Harkey currently served as Regional Director of Donor Relations for Feed The Children. With 30+ years experience in the non-profit sector as well as his work in the political arena, Rev. Harkey had a unique perspective on the condition of human suffering. In addition to his work in the non-profit sector Rev. Alan Harkey was an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene pastoring Life Spring Nazarene Church in Duncan, SC, Genesis Church of the Nazarene in Honea Path, SC and most recently Haywood Chapel at Haywood Estates in Greenville, SC. Alan was also past President and Vice President of Railroad Evangelistic Association. REA is a ministry that his grandfather began in 1938 proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to railroaders around the world and continues to win lost souls for Christ today. Rev. Harkey shared his extraordinary musical talent with many through the years. His piano renditions of the classics, hymns and original compositions were a hallmark of all who knew him. Of all his achievements throughout his life, the most important thing was his relationship to his Heavenly Father, his family and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ wherever he went. The Celebration of Life Service will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Church of Nazarene, 1201 Haywood Rd., Greenville, SC with Rev. Mark Vaughn and Rev. Ray Moore officiating. If unable to attend in person, the service will be available via live stream at https://gfnchurch.online.church The family will receive friends following the service. A graveside service will be held at Evergreen Municipal Cemetery, Sanford, FL at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday March 2, 2021. Memorials may be given to: Railroad Evangelistic Association, www.railhopeamerica.com, 255 State Route 49, Cleveland, NY 13042 Feed The Children, www.feedthechildren.org, 333 North Meridian Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73107
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