Thomas Stanley Harmon Jr.

Published 2:12 pm Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Saturday, June 22, Thomas Stanley Harmon Jr. of Tallulah, known as Tommy by his friends and family, peacefully passed away at the NE Veteran’s Home in Monroe.

He is preceded in death by his father, Thomas Stanley Harmon Sr.; mothers, Faye Harmon and Sue Pierce; stepfather, Theo Pierce; second wife, Mary Kavanaugh; stepbrother, Theo David Pierce; and nephews, Stan Thigpen and Tommy Mathis.

He is survived by his girlfriend, Margaret Dennis; first wife, Martha Harmon; daughter, Amy Harmon; stepson, John Kavanaugh; sisters, Alice Ervin, Judy Bullock and Lena Rhynehart; stepsister, Martha Robertson; nephews, Pee Wee Thigpen, Bill Thigpen, Sam Thigpen, Brad Rhynehart and Lance Bullock; nieces, Brandie Cobb and Lyndsay Ewing; along with numerous in-laws, cousins (most notably James “Jimbo” Harmon), great nieces and nephews and dear friends.

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Tommy was a proud Vietnam veteran and retired from the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Waterways Experiment Station in Vicksburg.

He was known as “MacGyver” for his ability to solve complicated problems effortlessly. He was an engineer, gunsmith, electrician, plumber, builder, philosopher and comedian.

Tommy loved all things hunting and fishing, ice-cold beer, music, good cooking and laughing with family and friends. He had traveled to every part of the world except for Antarctica.

He was well-versed in the writings of Carl Sagan and spent many nights staring at the stars for proof of extraterrestrial existence.

According to him, there were only two people he disliked: drunk people when he was sober and sober people when he was drunk.

His most famous quote was, “Just because you have a picture of George Jones hangin’ on your wall, don’t mean you can sing.”

A memorial service will be held later to accommodate the numerous attendees who will need to make travel arrangements.