Ronnie R. Harker, 68, or Robbins, NC, formerly of Concord, died Monday, January 11, 2021, at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital, Pinehurst, NC


Ronnie was born March 5, 1952 to Edward Elbridge Harker Jr., and Matoca Isaac Harker.  Ronnie is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Vernon Harker.


Ronnie attended Northwest Cabarrus High School and later worked an apprenticeship with Blansett’s Jewelry in Charlotte.  He worked in jewelry for over 30 years, first at Blansett’s, then at the Gold Connection in Albemarle and Troy until he opened and operated his own store, Harker’s Jewelry and Repair, Inc., in Troy for almost 16 years.


Almost MacGyveresques, Ronnie was a skilled craftsman and repairman; always busy with a project in carpentry or electronics. He enjoyed bowling, pool, card games and he loved animals.


He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Martha Haywood Harker; brother: Eddie Harker (Lolita); sister: Yvonne Perkins (Ed); sister in law: Kathy Harker; nephews: Alan Harker,Barry Hess (Amanda); nieces: Terrie Harker (fiancee, Evar Johnson), Renae Myers (Derek); eight great nephews and nieces; many other relatives and friends


Memorial may be made to the American Cancer Society or West Cabarrus Church, 7655 Brouton Smith Blvd., Concord, NC 28027.


A Private graveside service will be held 2:00 PM, Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at Pine Rest Cemetery, with the Reverend Y Z Isaacs and the Reverend Arnold Comer officiating.   


The body will lie in repose  from 1:00 to 4:00 PM, Monday, January 25, 2021 and 9:00 to Noon, Tuesday January 26, 2021 at Kennedy Funeral Home.  Due to COVID restrictions no formal visitation is planned.


Condolences may be made to


Kennedy Funeral Home is serving the Harker family.

Memories Timeline


  1. Martha,
    My heart breaks for you. You and Ronnie had a true love story! I remember your beautiful wedding. Ronnie loved you so much. May God be with you and your family during this difficult time. Love you dear friend.

  2. Dear Martha I know your heart is broken but those who love you feel your pain too. You are the best of people and a caring empathetic nurse. Both you and Ronnie are in my thoughts and prayers, Pam/Pilar

  3. Dear Martha please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. All of us who love you share your sadness. Know you are the very best person and a caring empathetic nurse.

  4. Martha and family so very sad to hear of your loss. Ronnie was a wonderful person and I know how much he loved his family. Please know we are praying for comfort during this time.

  5. Dearest Martha, we are so very sorry for your loss. Words do not describe our sympathy for you and your family. We so wish there was something more than we could do but the best we can is sending prayers up to our Father for you all. So many fond memories of the love from your wedding day. So often think about that beautiful day and the pleasure of being invited. Maama was so touched and you know how much she loved you and Ronnie. Please know we are here and that we will continue to hold you in our hearts and prayers. You are so loved and Ronnie’s love is forever with you.

  6. Dear Martha,
    I was so very saddened to hear of the passing of your husband Ronnie. May the years you shared, and the beautiful memories made together bring you comfort. Sending you God’s peace in the coming days.
    Thinking of you and sending love.

  7. Dearest Martha. My deepest condolences in the loss of your precious Ronnie. I pray God’s love, mercy and grace comfort you in this difficult time and sustain you in the days ahead.

  8. Martha,
    My heart is broken for you at this time. I just discovered that your Ronnie had passed. I am so sorry to hear of this. He loved you so and I know how you loved him. Hold on to those wonderful memories. Y’all’s wedding was a fairy-tale wedding….I remember when y’all were fixing up your log cabin dream home…how much y’all loved your little tiny dogs….what a glorious gift of love between you two. I love you Martha and am praying for you. God bless you and hold you in His loving arms

  9. With Heart-Felt Sympathy, Love and Prayers for Martha and family. “As long as we live and remember, our loved ones live within our hearts.” May God hold you especially close through this difficult time. Matthew 5:4

  10. Martha,
    Eddie and I are always thinking of you during this time. We are going to miss Ronnie very much. Loved you both.

  11. Martha,
    Thinking of you and your family with Love, Hugs and Prayers. May God give you strength for each day. Love You.

  12. Dear Martha
    Our hearts were broken to hear of Ronnie’s passing. Prayers and hugs for comfort and peace are sent to you.
    Much Love
    John, Michelle, Kristin, and Emily

  13. Dearest Martha, there isn’t enough words to express how deeply sorry I am for your loss. Know that Ron and I love you and that you’re in our thoughts and prayers.

  14. Dearest Martha
    Ronnie was such a wonderful person and I was so blessed to have him as a brother. Imagine how thrilled I was when my match making worked and you became my sister in law. I will always be your sister in law and will be here for you anytime. My heart goes out to you during this time.

  15. Dearest Martha
    Ronnie was such a wonderful person and I was blessed to be his sister. I remember how thrilled I was when my match making worked and you became his wife. Ed and I send prayers during this time of sorrow. We want you to know you will always be family and we are here for you.

  16. Martha, Jerry and Ann: So very sorry for your loss. Know that you are in our prayers. God’s grace is sufficient in times like this.

  17. Dear Martha,

    Cameron and I cannot adequately express our sorrow at Ronnie’s passing. We are lifting you up in prayer and hope, dear friend.

  18. Martha I was so sorry to hear about Ronnie. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Hold tight to all those wonderful memories and may they bring you peace in the days to come. Sending lots of love your way.

  19. Martha I was so sorry to hear about Ronnie. You have been and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Hold tight to all those special memories and may they bring you peace and comfort in the days to come. Sending lots of love and prayers your way.

  20. Dear Aunt Martha, I am so very sorry for your loss. Ronnie was funny, kind, level headed, strong, thoughtful, valued family, and expressed his love for you that seemed to span beyond measure. Uncle Ronnie was like a second father to me in many ways. He comforted me when I was scared, nervous, or unsure. We talked on the phone a lot swapping stories that caused us to laugh, share our faith, and sometimes cry. Ronnie was the one who brought us together as family for get togethers too. He was also a God Father to Adelyn, always wanting to speak with her on the phone, and make her feel special. I will miss him tremendously, more so than I’m able to share here. I love you Aunt Martha, and I’m always here for you in any way needed. Again, I am so sorry for your loss.

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