The Harkins Community Memorial Fund was established by Marva Brown, grandmother of James Lesley Harkins. James lost his life to a tragic drowning. Marva and her family were forced into a world of intense emotion and grief over the loss of James. Along with such feelings of loss and sadness, Marva and her family had to take care of the business of paying for a funeral.
To help families faced with the death of a child, Marva Brown established a fund to assist with funeral costs. She enlisted the support of friends and family to establish the Harkins Community Memorial Fund. The Memorial Fund continues to work to raise funds to help ease the financial burden on families during a time of loss.