William Wirt Harlin, Jr.

  • Died: June 14, 2017
  • Location: Tennessee

Tribute & Message From The Family

William passed away on Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

William was a resident of Tennessee.

First VisitationWhen Friday June 16th 2017 4:00pm - 8:00pm LocationWilliamson Memorial Funeral Home Address3009 Columbia AveFranklin TN37064 Second VisitationWhen Saturday June 17th 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm LocationBrentwood Hills Church of Christ Address5120 Franklin PikeNashville TN37220 When Saturday June 17th 2017 2:00pm Officiating Walter Leaver LocationBrentwood Hills Church of Christ Address5120 Franklin PikeNashville TN37220 Interment InformationLocationWilliamson Memorial Gardens Address3009 Columbia AveFranklin TN37064.

Condolence & Memory Journal

I will cherish the time I got to spend with Mr. Harlin. He was not only a master horseman and breeder but a fine individual. I have many special memories of attending the Harlinsdale yearling sales with my mom. We have purchased many horses from Mr. Harlin and I remember him every time I walk into the barn. He was a great person who carried on a great breeding business through professionalism, kindness, honesty, and great knowledge. He and his wonderful wife passed on their fine qualities to their children and grandchildren, which is something every parent desires as a legacy. I will never forget Mr. Harlin and want to express my sincerest condolences to his family.

Posted by Kris Herman - Fairfield, CA   June 23, 2017

Will always cherish our memories of visiting with Mr. Harlin when we attended the Celebration. He was always very gracious and forthright to us. We learned so much about breeding horses from him and Billy Maddox. Loved their yearling production sale (bought quite a few over the years). If you wanted the best, that's where you went. So much history about the breed could be learned from him just by attending the sale.
Our sincerest condolences to the family. Don and I will never forget him.

Posted by Kathy Frank - Yakima, WA   June 18, 2017

Mr. Bill,

I was honored to have known you through the horse world, and to have owned Midnight Sun's last-living grandson, "Midnight Spirit of 76" for 32 years.

You and Barbara created such a wonderful family and equine legacy. May you rest in peace together forever, and your family find peace, comfort, courage, and strength in the days ahead.


Posted by Becky Fragasse - Brentwood, TN   June 16, 2017

Bill Harlin was a gentleman of the first order. Sincere condolences to his family and all who knew and loved him. R.I.P. Mr. Bill Harlin.

Posted by Clant Seay - Oxford, MS   June 16, 2017

We felt honored to know Mr. Harlin. He was a big influence for the TN. Walking Horse Assoc.. We always think of him, the horses, and cats when we pass the old farm. With the selling of the farm the Harlin family has left a legacy for the town of Franklin, Tn.. We also remember both Mr. and Mrs. Harlin always together at the Celebration and now they are together once again! May God be with you through the days ahead. Doug

Posted by Doug & Diane Cairnes - Bradyville, TN   June 15, 2017