In Loving Memory

Margaret Long Harkness

May 20, 1937 - March 8, 2021


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,  Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at  Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.


  1. Your Blue Rents Family

    Our deepest sympathies. May God surround your family with his Loving touch of comfort during this time.

  2. Lisa and Thompson Plourde

    From all the Beautiful Poems I’ve read, lovely Pictures I’ve seen and Childhood Memories shared with me by Grant, I’m sorry I never had the honor of meeting Ms. “Me Me.”
    A Beautiful, Strong, and Independent Woman who lived Life to its Fullest, yet always made time for her Friends, Children and Grandchildren. An Inspiration Indeed! She will be Greatly Missed.

    Our Thoughts and Prayers are with All of You during this Difficult Time.


    Lisa and Thompson

  3. Tracey Brackett

    Grant, Peggy, David, & Sharon. I am so sorry to hear of Margaret’s passing. I have such great memories of her. She was a gentle soul and a wonderful “Mimi” to my nieces and nephews. . . and she certainly could cook up a mean casserole! She will be missed. My heart goes out to you during this difficult time.


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