Obituary of Thomas Dewey Harmon
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Thomas Dewey 'Tommy' Harmon peacefully went home to be with his Lord, surrounded by his family and 'Little Bit', his dog at him home on Thursday, April 27, 2023. Born January 6, 1950 in Banner Elk, Tommy was a son of Bert and Frankie Harmon. He grew up in Baltimore, Maryland but spent his time between Baltimore and Beech Creek, NC.
Tommy met the love of his life, Phyllis Dishman in 1965. They were married in 1968 as teenager sweethearts in Ellicott City, Maryland and would have been married 55 years on July 31, 2023.
Music and singing was a big part of his life. He began singing for the Lord with various groups, but when he was able to sing with "his girls" he was more than proud. Tommy loved his girls and was so proud being able to travel and sing with them for eight years. The Harmon Family sang for several years until his health failed and he wasn't able to travel anymore. Music Man, as he was well known, loved to sing for the Lord and told everyone he met about Him. He drove a truck for six years until he got sick in 1997. He knew the Lord left him here to sing for Him with his girls.
A great honor for Tommy was when he was ordained as a deacon at Beech Valley Baptist Church. He took this appointment very serious and was faithful to this task.
Tommy went through a lot of sickness but through it all his faith remained strong, knowing that one day he would meet the Lord and get to walk, talk and sing with the heavenly choir. He was ready to meet Jesus.
Tommy is survived by his wife of 54 years, Phyllis Dishman Harmon; daughters, Lisa Harmon of Sugar Grove, April Harmon Pritchard and husband, Toby, of Banner Elk and Erin Harmon Demster and husband, Danny, of Sugar Grove; his grandsons that he loved very much, Jeremiah and Andrew Hodges and Wyatt Demster; and his dog and constant companion, 'Little Bit". Also surviving are his sister-in-law, Norma Greene; nephew, Randy Farthing and wife, Lana and niece, Felicia Perry and husband, Donovan; and great niece, Hope Perry and great-nephew, Lee Perry. Numerous cousins also survive.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Dewey and Sadie Harmon, brother, Howard 'Worth' Harmon, sister, Vickie Farthing, nephew, David Harmon, and step-dad, Henry Oakes.
Celebration of Life services for Tommy Harmon will be conducted Monday afternoon, May 1, at 4 o'clock at Beech Valley Baptist Church, officiated by Rev. Ray Greene and Rev. Chad Cole. The family will receive friends from 2 until 4 o'clock, prior to services, at the church. Graveside services will follow in the Family Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Beech Valley Baptist Church, in care of Barry Stansberry, 2715 Buckeye Road, Elk Park, NC 28622.
Online condolences may be shared at the website www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Harmon family.