Margaret Long Harkness was born in Mobile May 20, 1937 and passed away March 8, 2021. Mrs. Harkness graduated from Murphy High School and attended Auburn University. She grew up in the Springhill area and attended Springhill Baptist Church. She loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing and later moved to Dead Lake in Creola, AL. Eventually she moved to Cotton Bayou in Orange Beach, Alabama, where she was an active member of Orange Beach United Methodist Church and loved spending time at the beach with her grandchildren. Margaret was a successful businesswoman and retired as the owner and operator of Blue Bird Rentals.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Horace and Esther Long; sisters, Pollye Melinda Long and Ruby Dell Long Dorland. Survivors include her sons, William “Grant” (Peggy) Harkness, Jr., and David (Sharon) Harkness; siblings, Deborah Long Beverly and Horace “Buddy” (Margaret) Long. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Paige Harkness (Parker) Morris, Courtney Harkness (Preston) Hearin, Margaret Harkness (Zack) Morgan, Juliann Harkness, Katie Grant Harkness, Blake (Madison) Harkness and Hunter (Claire) Harkness; and two great grandchildren.
Private interment will be in the family plot at Pine Crest Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Blake Harkness, Hunter Harkness, Parker Morris, Preston Hearin, Zack Morgan and Traweek Dickson. Honorary pallbearers will be Jay Jackson and Jack Nenstiel.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Orange Beach United Methodist Church, 28751 Canal Road, Orange Beach, AL 36561 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, www.stjude.org. Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at www.hughesfh.com. Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.