Willard Harmon, 84 of Cranberry Springs Road, Fleetwood, died peacefully at the home of his daughter surrounded by family Thursday, April 1, 2021. He was born August 31, 1936 to the late Jacob M. and Pearl Brown Harmon of Beech Creek, North Carolina. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers Luther, John, Frank, John, Robert, Ronald and Roy and sisters, Carrie Mast, Lora Presnell and Mae Townsend.
Willard was a dedicated father and a faithful servant of our Lord Jesus Christ and attended Beech Valley Baptist Church where he sang in the choir. He was a loving soul and had a heart of gold. He never met a stranger and would give you the shirt off his back. In the 1980's and 1990's he would dress as Santa Claus at Christmas time and deliver candy with the earnings from raising tobacco to us suspecting children across Watauga and Avery County. Later in his retirement he could be found at Hardee's drinking coffee and telling stories. He was available to help his children at a moment's notice and never once failed to help in any way he could. Dad always had chewing gum in his pocket and offered it to anyone that had a few minutes to talk to him. It will be this loving spirit that lives in those left to cherish his memory.
He is survived by his five children, Jackie Harmon and wife Janice of Sugar Grove, Deborah Norris of Fleetwood, Gary Harmon and wife Melissa of Foscoe, Jamie Harmon and wife Dawn of Meat Camp, Kimberly Bare and husband Dallas of Newton, NC. Thirteen grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. His sisters, Pansy Blevins (Wilson), Mary Presnell and brothers, Ira, (Frances), Clint, Lewis, and Clyde (Virginia).
Funeral services for Willard Harmon will be conducted Monday, April 5, 2021 at 2 PM at the Beech Valley Baptist Church. Officiating will be Rev. Max West and Rev. Dave Adams. Burial will follow in the Beech Valley Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday afternoon prior to the service from 1 until 2 o'clock at the church. Those attending are requested to observed Covid 19 protocol and wear a mask.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Beech Valley Baptist Church or the Beech Valley Cemetery, 3665 Buckeye Road, Elk Park, NC 28622.
Online condolences may be shared with the Harmon family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Harmon family.