October 12, 1931 - March 21, 2021
Thomas “TJ” Harkleroad, 89, entered into his heavenly home 3/21/21. He has lived in Bristol, TN most of his life. He leaves behind a family who will love him and think about him daily. Next week he and his wife, Charlotte Harkleroad, would celebrate their 71st wedding anniversary. TJ worked alongside his father and brothers in the family business. He was an avid drag racer when he was younger. He was a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church where he served on the Board of Deacons and as church treasurer for many years. TJ loved his family, and he always put them first. He was the best example of a Dad, Papaw, Great Papaw, and also has 2 great-great grandchildren on the way. He loved restoring antique cars (especially Ford Thunderbirds), NASCAR, fishing, taking trips to Florida, and always helping someone else in their time of need. He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife of 70 years Charlotte Harkleroad, whom he loved and adored. He also has a daughter, Pam Lowry and Honorary son, Miguel Jacome; 2 granddaughters, Shelly Pierce (James), Carrie Crain (Brian). He has 7 grandchildren: Logan Stafford (Chelsie), Kennedy Meade, Kaylie Crain (Victor Hernandez), Kerrigan Crain, Kyler Crain, Kimber Pierce, and River Thomas Pierce. His great-great grandkids will be born in September and October. He was also Papaw to 4 bonus grand children: Justin, Savannah, Cheyenne, and Dakota Steffey. He is also survived by 4 brothers and 5 sisters. He was preceded in death by his parents TC and Mable Harkleroad, and a brother Tommy, and 3 sisters: Vicky, Dorothy, and Susan. A Celebration of his life will begin on Thursday March 25th at 5 pm at Akard Funeral Home followed by the service at 6 pm with Rev. Gary Rowlette and Rev. Joe Blankenship officating. The graveside will be at the Glenwood Cemetery Mausoleum March 26th at 12, Noon. Pallbearers will be Logan Stafford, Jimmy Harkleroad Jr, David Hinkle, James Pierce, Dakota Steffey, Chris Elias, Cortlan Denti, Shawn Stafford. Honorary pallbearers will be Brian Crain, Jeff Harkleroad and Miguel Jacome. The family appreciates your prayers during this time. Condolences and memories may be left for the family at akardfuneralhome.com Akard Funeral Home, (423) 989-4800 is serving the Harkleroad family.
Thomas “TJ” Harkleroad, 89, entered into his heavenly home 3/21/21. He has lived in Bristol, TN most of his life. He leaves behind a family who will love him and think about him daily. Next week he and his wife, Charlotte Harkleroad,... View Obituary & Service Information
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