June 8, 1996 in Washington Voices

This Cowboy Is The Real Thing

By The Spokesman-Review

Corky Harkins isn’t a cowboy just because he wears the tall, black hat.

The gospel singer appearing this weekend at Berean Bible Church lives it. When he isn’t traveling to sing in churches, Harkins makes his home at a cattle ranch at Ekalaka, Mont.

“And of course, he’s very handy with a rope and a horse,” says his sister Twyla Fried, a member of Berean.

Fried says Harkins, 53, lives in the same area where their family grew up. That open-range upbringing still permeates his music.

“My dad was very much a cowboy, and out of all of us, Corky really followed in his footsteps,” Fried remembers.

The family had six kids. Every morning, Dad would gather everybody together for a Bible reading after breakfast.

Until high school, that is.

The family ranch was so far from town that even if the kids attended public high school, they would have to board in town. There was no bus service. And winters brought lots of snow.

“They didn’t even plow roads in winter time,” Fried says.

So the kids attended a private Bible school in North Dakota. That was where Harkins discovered his talent.

“There were a lot of musical opportunities there, and he began singing at that time,” Fried says.

Ever since, he’s been a singer specializing in gospel music with a Western flavor as well as old, traditional hymns.

Harkins has also made a couple recordings that he distributes himself.

“He’s been all over the U.S. singing,” Fried says.

And while the other kids all moved - one to Brazil to work as a missionary - Harkins always returns back to the ranch country of Southeastern Montana.

His performance happens Sunday at the church, 10910 E. Boone at 6 p.m. There is no charge.

Concert at Valley Foursquare

Can’t get enough country?

The Herricks, a Cheney-based country group, will perform at Valley Foursquare Church, 1226 N. Park Road, on Sunday.

“They are very good. I’ve heard them before and they’re excellent,” said Vickie Davey, a church spokeswoman.

The trio of siblings, Donna and twins Kerry and Kevin, have been performing together for 11 years.

They play contemporary country music with a gospel message.

The show starts at 7 p.m. A free-will offering will be taken.

For more information, call 928-7600.

SCOPE information for seniors

St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 503 N. Walnut Road, will hold a SCOPE information presentation Thursday at noon.

The event happens during the church’s Young at Heart potluck. Young at Heart is a group of seniors who meet regularly to socialize and discuss senior issues.

At the potluck, seniors will learn how to join SCOPE substations and be active in their community, said church spokeswoman Rita Cosby.

For more information, call 926-5428.

While the seniors are learning about safety, the kids will get a break.

Don’t send the youngsters to Sunday school at St. John Vianney until September.

Sunday school is out, Cosby says. It will begin again in the fall.

, DataTimes

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