Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Services

3195 Atlanta Highway, Athens, GA


Ferris H. Harmon

December 9, 1931March 19, 2020

Ferris H. Harmon, 88, of Bogart, GA, passed peacefully to his heavenly reward on Thursday, March 19, 2020.

Graveside services will be held on Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 1:00 pm CST at Brush Creek Cemetery in Brush Creek, TN. Pastor Dickie Johnson will officiate.

Ferris graduated from Columbia Central High School in Columbia, TN and won the Oakes Award for Athlete of the Year in 1949. As a high school and university student, Ferris played semipro baseball with Monsanto Chemical Company. As a student at Tennessee Tech, Ferris was a ROTC cadet in addition to being a member of the baseball team for 4 years and the football team for 2 years. After graduating from Tennessee Tech in 1954, Ferris worked as the baseball, basketball and football coach at Centerville High School. In 1955, he joined the United States Army Signal Corps as a Second Lieutenant. He was promoted to First Lieutenant with Top Secret Clearance and later served as a Company Commander in Germany.

After his military service, Ferris was the principal of Gordonsville High School in Tennessee. For three years, Ferris and his wife, Joann, served together as missionaries in Congo, Africa. Ferris and Joann taught agricultural skills to Congo villagers in addition to sharing the Christian gospel. Upon returning to the United States, Ferris worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor. He helped establish a training center for the disabled in Lewisburg, TN. He was recognized by the state of Tennessee as the Counselor of the Year in 1973. After relocating to Georgia, Ferris was a Security Officer at South Fulton Hospital.

Ferris was an active member of Athens First United Methodist Church. He will be remembered for his reverence for God, devotion to family, and compassion for others.

Ferris was preceded in death by his brothers, Wendell Harmon, of Franklin, TN and Kenneth Harmon of Nolensville, TN; and his sister-in-law, Ann Harmon of Franklin, TN.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Joann Paschall Harmon; three sons, Kevin Harmon (Susan) of Atlanta, GA, Ferris Harmon (Peggy) of Huntsville, AL, and Stephen Harmon (Jana) of Roswell, GA; one daughter, Stephanie Harmon Stapleton (David) of Freeport, FL; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, and his sister-in-law, Barbara Harmon of Nolensville, TN.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Athens First United Methodist Church Missions, P. O. Box 1109, 327 North Lumpkin St., Athens, GA 30603.

Bernstein Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements and Bass Funeral Home of Gordonsville, TN is in charge of interment.


  • Graveside Service Sunday, March 22, 2020


Ferris H. Harmon

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Jack Van Hooser

March 22, 2020

We have truly lost a Mighty Mouse! Please accept our sincere condolence. The Harmon family has been a blessed part of my life since 1947 when the three Harmon boys and my two brothers and I played sports together at Columbia Central High School. The boys and their daddy and mother ( Richie Paris and Hazel ) were my second family.
Although sad, our hearts are warmed with the thoughts of our laughter and love of each other when you and Ferris had lunch with Wanda and me when you returned from service in Africa. You have been a Tower of Strength, not only for Ferris, but the entire Harmon family. It is our prayer that you and your family will soon find serenity and comfort in your daily life.

Love to you and the Harmon Family,
Jack and Wanda Van Hooser

Jan Perry

March 20, 2020

My husband, Jack, and I moved into his neighborhood (Richwood Trail, Bogart) in 2005. I have many, many wonderful memories of Ferris; I cannot pick just one. Sitting out on their driveway on warm summer evenings, with other neighbors there also, watching UGA football games together, etc. One that keeps coming to mind, though, is the time our neighborhood did not have water. I cannot remember the reason. I can still see Ferris standing at my kitchen door with a pitcher full in case I needed some for coffee. That was Ferris, gentle, quiet and sweet man, always thinking of others. I will be praying for you, Joann, and your family.

Jan Perry, Warner Robins GA