Condolence & Memory Journal

To Don's family: We were really sorry to learn of Don's passing. I was a schoolmate of his & our mothers' worked together at DuPont. I knew his sister. We know he's in a better place, but it's still difficult to give them up.
God bless, Larry & Sandra White

Posted by Larry & Sandra White - Hendersonville, TN - friend & classmate   May 10, 2011

Shirley - you're my hero! You have been a pillar of strength and such a model of grace and love during Don's battle. It's hard to imagine what life would be like without my husband - but I know it could happen and I only have to remember to lean on God. I know you know this too! Don had invited us to your house this summer for a BBQ (as I can see he is famous for!) ... but we'll just have to wait til we're all in heaven. Surely heaven condones BBQ! I miss seeing you - but I hope things have settled down a bit and you are doing well. Jeff & I are sure Don is advocating for all BMT and cancer patients everywhere! Love and prayers to you and your entire family.

Posted by Jeff & Kay Hendrix - Lascassas, TN - met @ Sarah Cannon   March 20, 2011

We were part of a roving construction crew
in the 60's and 70's in the Columbia district. All of us who worked around him
have fond and pleasant memories of all those
days that we spent building the old style
phone lines in all kinds of weather. My
condolences to the family. We will miss him.

Posted by Doug Thomas - Tullahoma, TN - Bell South fellow employee   March 11, 2011

I remember Don from the Maury County Fair. he was always so good to my grandfather Mr. Charlie and was a family friend for years.

Posted by Rick Skillington - Lewisburg, TN   February 24, 2011

To Shirley and Family,
I am so sorry to learn of Don's passing. I graduated with him and he and I share the same birthdate 8-3-42. I know you have went through alot during thi difficult time. But he had you to lean on for love, comfort and strength. Now you must lean on God in the days ahead. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
In deepest sympathy,
Suzanne Shelby Grubbs Koontz
Versailles, Kentucky

Posted by Suzanne Shellby Grubbs Koontz - Versailles, LA - High School Friend Class of 1960   February 23, 2011

Shirley, I'm so sorry to hear about Mr. Harmon's passing. I know this is a tough time for you and just wanted to let you know I have been thinking about you. If you are ever near the hospital on a weekend and would like to stop by, please do so! We have all been thinking of you and would love to see you.

Take Care,

Posted by John Whitaker - Madison, AL - RN at Centennial Medical Center   February 23, 2011

If i can help i will do any thing fore you

Posted by moe jamison - franklin, TN - friend   February 22, 2011

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Take care of yourself.

Posted by R MMckinzie - Culleoka, TN - friend   February 21, 2011

Shane, so sorry for your loss. And sympathy to all of your family. May God comfort all of you as only He can do. Dick Peach

Posted by Dick Peach - Smyrna, TN   February 19, 2011

Shirley, You have my deepest sympathy. I know
what you and Don have been through. I will keep
you in my thoughts and prayers.

Friend, Class of 60
Linda Whiteside

Posted by Linda Whiteside - hampshire, TN - friend class of 60   February 19, 2011

Shirley, you and Don have been in our thoughts and prayers. We are very sorry for your loss.

Posted by Sharon and Tim Shaver - franklin, TN - member of church famiily WFBC   February 19, 2011

Shirley - I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. You told me once of how Don loved and supported you and gave you strength. He'll still be doing that for you if you listen to your heart.

Posted by Kevin Comstock - Spring Hill, TN - Friend   February 19, 2011

Shirley, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time. I worked with Don in the mid-90's and found him to be a dedicated "BellSouth" employee and a gentleman. I am saddened by your loss but I am confident Don is in a better place.

Posted by John - Knoxville, TN - Co-Worker   February 19, 2011

So sorry to hear about the loss of your brother. Just wanted you to know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Thinking of you.

Posted by Carol Bailey - Columbia, TN - friend   February 19, 2011


At this time of sorrow, may you find comfort in your memories.
My memory of Don is working with him at Oak Park Pool. He was fun and a joy to be around.

Posted by Brenda Crotzer Jefferson - Hight school friend   February 19, 2011

My deepest sympathy to you and your family for your loss. Take comfort in knowing that Don is in peace.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Dawn Wildrick

Posted by Dawn Wildrick - Chapel Hill, TN   February 18, 2011


Shirley and Family, So sorry to hear about the passing of Don. It was just a few weeks ago that I saw Jan, and she was telling me of his illness. Our prayer are with you and your family. We shall always remember your friendship and kindness.

Posted by Walter/ Annie R. Harlan - Friends   February 18, 2011

Find joy in all the great memories you and the family had with Don. We know you will miss him. God loves you. Pearl & Hank

Posted by Mr & Mrs Henry Bransford - Franklin, TN - Work Friend   February 18, 2011

Shirley, This is a great loss for you and your family as well as all the many people that have had the opportunity to know Don. You are in my thoughts and prayers! Don was loved by every life he touched!!

Posted by Tasca - Columbia, TN - Friend   February 18, 2011

Shirley and Family:

May God bless you and keep you strong. This is a huge loss for you and friends, but truly Heaven's gain. We are here for you in prayer and friendship.

Marsha and Scooter

Posted by Marsha and Scooter Vick - Columbia, TN - Friends   February 18, 2011

Shane and family, I'm sorry to learn of the loss of Don. You are in my thoughts and prayers, God Bless!
Dale Tomlin

Posted by Dale Tomlin - Columbia, TN - Friend   February 18, 2011

I first met Don at Cracker Barrel. This was more than two years after his diagnosis and he was full of life. Although our conversation was brief, Don inspired me with his attitude and bearing. He continued to be an inspiration for me during my struggle. Don will be missed.
My sincerest condolences to Shirley and the family. Thank you for being there in so many ways.
Paul Arnold

Posted by Paul Arnold - franklin, TN - friend-co worker to Shirley   February 18, 2011

My sincerest condolences to the Harmon family.

Posted by Ray Dilworth - Franklin, TN - Friend of family member   February 18, 2011

Don and I became like brothers starting when he was 13. He was the hardest working man I ever knew and the way he fought cancer, proved to also be the toughest man I ever knew.
He told me he wished all his buddies at "The Shop" could find Jesus. We made tenative plans to share the Word with them.

My heart weeps for the loss of my buddy and Shirley's loss; yet my spirit leaps for joy knowing he is with Our Jesus.

We shared love, laughter, mischief and prayers, in that order, that I'll always enjoy recalling.

We would share what blessed marriages we had. I hope my wonderful wife never has to face what his devoted wife,Shirley, went through. Blessed he was, with Shirley, Jan, sons and grandkids, not to mention a loving mom and dad who I felt were mine.

Goodbye My Buddy. I'll see you when God takes me home.
Jim Lindsey

Posted by Jim Lindsey - Nashville, TN - A Dear Friend   February 18, 2011

So sorry for your lost. Don was a good friend and we had some great times in school. A lot of fond memories. I know he will be missed by family and friend. Shirley we will keep you and the family in our prayers. God bless and comfort you and the family.
Rev. Johnny Haywood

Posted by Johnny Haywood - St. Joseph, MO - class of 60   February 18, 2011

I am so sorry about your Dad. I know you will miss him.

Posted by Shelia Stonecipher Parks - columbia, TN - friend   February 17, 2011

Very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

Posted by Sally Bittner - Franklin, TN - Friend   February 17, 2011

Shirley, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless you.

Joan Johnson, City of Franklin

Posted by Joan Johnson - Franklin, TN - friend   February 17, 2011

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May the memories of your loved one bring you comfort in the coming months and may God bless you and give you peace.
Love, Tracey

Posted by Tracey Poteete - Columbia, TN   February 17, 2011

I am so sad to hear of Don's passing. Many many memories in my life have him in them. Dad and I were talking and I realized I don't know life with out alot of those "shop" men. He was a wonderful person with a heart of gold. I remember when he shaved his head and started wearing it that way, I called him Daddy Warbucks and he gave me a quarter, told me he was no Daddy Warbucks! I have great memories of that wonderful bbq. When I had a wreck in high school dad couldn't get to me but Don did. I will be in out of town this weekend but want you to know I am thinking of you, as you celebrate the life of a wonderful man!

Posted by Dee Primm White - Columbia, TN - friend   February 17, 2011

So sorry to hear of your loss. Don was a generous and fun-loving guy when I knew him in high school. I know he fought hard and courageously against this illness that took his life. I hope you find comfort in good memories and the love and support of those around you.
Carol Wagster Williamson

Posted by Carol Williamson - New York, NY - friend; former classmate   February 17, 2011


Shirley, Shane, Todd and Jan,
Donna and I extend our deepest sympathy at your loss of Don. As former neighbors, Jaycees, Fair Board members, Tennessee Jaycee Colonels, co-workers and friends, we will miss him very much. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Kevin Thompson - Friend,former Co-Worker   February 17, 2011

Shirley: We were sad to hear of Don's passing. We didn't know he had been on such a long journey with his health. Our prayers are you have many wonderful memories to take you through this difficult time.

Posted by Terry & Ann Evans - Lobelville, TN   February 17, 2011


Dearest Shirley and family:

We are so very sorry to hear of Don's passing yesterday.

Our little Spencer thought Mr Don was so neat and loved his "Hi Fives".

We pray God will hold you and your family in his hands the next few days and forever.

May God bless all of you.

Posted by Jim & Linda Flowers & Spencer Lanyon - Member of W Friend Baptist Churc   February 17, 2011


Shirley, There are no words to express our Sorrow..Don was a great Friend and he will be greatly missed. May God be with you during this Trying time.

Posted by Wade Matheny    February 17, 2011

My heart just breaks to think of the loss of Don. He was a delightful person to be around.
To his family and friends left behind, I offer my sincerest condolences. He will be greatly missed.

Posted by Lyndsey Dunnavant - Pulaski, TN - Friend   February 17, 2011

Don was very nice and kind hearted. He was always willing to give me support and his expertise in all aspect of his communications skills to help me with my career with Bellsouth.

Posted by Mickey Acker - Nashville, TN - Co-Worker in Columbia,Tn   February 17, 2011

Shirley and Family:

I know God will grant you peace in Don's passing. My prayer is you have the "peace that surpasses all understanding". Love, Jim & Donna, Mary Mattison & Miles

Posted by Jim Evans - Franklin, TN - Friend   February 17, 2011

Don said that when he retired, he was going to buy a new Harley, ride it to work on his last day at work, and "ride off into the sunset", and that was exactly what he did. I worked with Don from 2000 until he retired, as the Office Assistant for Columbia Engineering/Construction, and now only Engineering.

Posted by Sherry Taylor - Columbia, TN - former co-worker   February 17, 2011

Shirley, I am so sorry to hear of Don's passing. May your faith, family, and friends help you through this.

Posted by Kathy Gray    February 17, 2011


Shirley and T Jay,
We are very sorry for your loss. Although, we were only around him a few times, Don treated us like we were old friends. We enjoyed being with him. We know what a fine man he was and all the things he did that benefited others from listening to T Jay talk about him. No doubt you'll both miss him but you'll keep his memory alive with all the "Remember Whens". Just wanted you to know you're in our thoughts.

Posted by Jim and Angie Warner    February 17, 2011

Shirley, I am so sorry for your loss. Don was a great guy with many friends who loved you both. Take care, Johnnie

Posted by Johnnie Shapiro - Knoxville, TN - friend   February 17, 2011


I remember meeting Don as he opened his house and his heart to a large group of Zetas for a summer reunion in Nashville in 2009. He cooked a BBQ banquet that would have put Corky's (or any fabulous bbq restaurants) to shame! He took our picture on the playground, and then stayed in the shadows so we could reminesce and sing. I wish I could have gotten to know him better that evening. What a nice, nice guy!

To Shirley: My prayers are with you at this most difficult time and remember your family and friends will be by your side.

Posted by Karen Stanecek Scruggs - Friend of wife Shirley   February 16, 2011