OBITUARY

Donald Lewya Harrington

May 12, 1933March 15, 2020
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Mr. Donald “Don” Lewya Harrington, age 86, of Douglasville, Georgia, passed away Sunday, March 15, 2020. He was born on May 12, 1933 in Buffalo, New York to Lewya Arthur Harrington and Pearl Howard Harrington. Don was hard worker who loved helping people. He enjoyed being outside, tending to his garden – he grew all kinds of vegetables and was big on holistic juicing. He took horticulture classes in school and after serving in the Army during the Korean War he made sure his family was taken care of by providing them with homegrown food while the economy was depleted. He was very active and enjoyed bicycling. When they lived in New York, he loved to cycle up to Niagara Falls and Canada.

Don also liked leg wrestling with the young men in the family. He was very vigorous in his church and was part of many clubs, such as, Under the Pulpit Ministry, Promise Keepers, and was the leader of a group in the church that focused on individuals who are battling cancer. Don always had to wear a white shirt, and many people made note of that characteristic.

Preceding him in death in addition to his parents are two of his children, Donna Harrington and David Harrington; and his siblings, Alan “Buddy” Harrington, Shirley Harrington, and Georgia Ann Tinch. Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Tanya Harrington; his children Melinda (Johnnie) Hodges and Michael (Pam) Harrington; his brother, Arthur Harrington; his grandchildren, Mario Hodges, Gina Frasier, Aaron Harrington, and Tamara Smith; great-grandchildren, Mario Hodges, II, Tahjae Hodges, Camillo Gonzalez, Christian Frasier, and Reagan Frasier; his nieces, Kim Delores Harrington, Crystal Tinch, Jennifer Gunn, Anne Michelle Harrington, and Jocelyn Harrington; and numerous other loved ones, family and friends.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, March 20, 2020 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 11:00 am in the Rosehaven Chapel with Pastor Scott Downing officiating. He will be buried at Georgia National Cemetery Monday, March 23, 2020.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Samaritan’s Purse, www.samaritanspurse.org

Please take time to leave condolences with the family or share memories of Don by visiting www.WhitleyGarner.com

Services have been entrusted to the care of Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home, 8640 Rose Avenue, Douglasville, Georgia 30134

Services

  • Visitation Friday, March 20, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 21, 2020
  • Burial Monday, March 23, 2020

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Matt Gomez

March 23, 2020

As a high school friend of Mr. Harrington’s son, Dave Harrington, I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. and Mrs. Harrington, and soon became a fixture in their home in Lancaster. Besides trying to fit my legs in their small Ford Escorts (2 and 4 door), I spent a lot of time in conversations with Mr. Harrington and he always made time to talk to me, to ask me how I was doing, and shared how wonderful Jesus is! I had left NYC due to family issues/neglect, so the fact that Mr. Harrington spent quality time with me, giving sound advice, showing actual concern, as a young man who grew up without a father, I was always captivated by his kindness, thoughtfulness, and his amazing sense of humor!
I am 6'2" and I would always hug him by lifting him off his feet, he would laugh out loud, and then go into his retaliating jumping jack routine to hit me in the gut on every down beat! I'll never forget the time I had come to say "hi" after I was honorably discharged from the US Air Force, and noticed on the telephone in his office, my name on a note saying "Pray for Matt Gomez". I broke down in tears feeling overwhelmed that there was an adult who cared about me enough to always pray for me even after I was away for many years!
The Gomez Family offers our sincerest condolences to dear Mrs. Harrington, Michael, and Melinda, and the rest of the Harrington Family. We look forward to seeing Mr. Harrington again after the veil of this reality slips away.

1 Corinthians 2:9 KJV/ESV

Vanessa Tchoula

March 23, 2020

DEAR HARRINGTON Family, my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time. While I did not know "Grandfather" as well as some, I was privileged to have had a few brief moments in his presence during my visits to GA. What I recall most vividly is his Godly character and his unapologic belief in the gospel of Jesus Christ! And one needn't look far to see the fruit of that strong faith. I see it even now in the life and marriage of his son, Mike, and daughter-in-love, Pam; in his beautiful grandcildren Tamera and Aaron, and in his lifelong commitment to the lovely woman affectionately referred to simply as "Grandmother". GRANDFATHER was a strong and anchoring man of integrity with so much wisdom, and willingness to share it. He will not easily be forgotten and will be greatly missed. RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED,
Vanessa Tchoula

BRIAN McGee Serrano

March 23, 2020

DEAR COUSINS:

Greetings from CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
So very sorry for the loss of Cousin Donald Harrington.
Prayers of Peace, Love & Compassion for everyone in our Family.

Cousin Donald was my Grandmothers First Cousin.
My Grandmother was your Cousin,
Mrs. Thelma Nellie Newsome Price. Her Uncle, His Father,
My Uncle Lewya was the Brother of my Great Grandmother,
My Granny's mother, Mrs Beaulah Harrington Newsome Banks.

While my Granny was alive she often visited her many close Cousins,
in New York, Cleveland, Milwaukee & in CHICAGO.

Our continued prayers for your comfort and peace to all the COUSINS
During this difficult time of loss, especially during the current global
chaos going on in the world. Everyone stay safe, look out for one another,
And stay in prayer.

Sincerely,

COUSIN BRIAN MCGEE SERRANO
ONE OF THE FAMILY HISTORIANS
PHONE: 312-221-1697
EMAIL: brianmcgeeserrano@ gmail.com

Jacqueline Woodard

March 22, 2020

It was pure joy when we were with you at Alex graduation. Our love and prayers are with you. This pain will not pass but it does dull until we see all the wonderful saints from Kermit and Midtown Bible Chapels again. OH WHAT A MORNING!

Larry Wolf

March 21, 2020

Going back to promise keeper days in buffalo...so many great memories from our small group...eddie,jimmy,larry and brother Don who always encouaged the group to keep looking up and to have a happy, happy tuesday.God gave all of us a special gift in bro.Don and we rejoice in his homecoming with The Lord.Love to Sister Tanya and family

JOYCE CHAPMAN

March 21, 2020

There is a place where people write about those who are unforgettable. Bro. Harrington would truly be included in any such space. From his "Happy" greetings to his kind spirit to his faithfulness to his Savior. I can remember being amazed watching him interact with strangers, observing his facial expressions as he made cheery conversation but was always poised waiting for the right moment and then Wham! He'd hit 'em with the gospel in some shape form or fashion. This was over 20 years ago and it has never left me. When I grow up I want to be like Don Harrington. Always helpful, ever encouraging despite his own personal sorrows. The world was a better place with you in it Bro. Harrington. Your departure is truly our loss. My prayers are included with the many for the family.💕.

John Stein

March 21, 2020

It was my privilege to be blessed with Don’s warmth and friendship. He always gave a kind greeting, often accompanied by a note of scriptural encouragement. I remain inspired by his courage and his spiritual strength. My prayers go out to his family as they mourn his passing.

Raymond Hinton

March 21, 2020

I first met Brother Don Harrington immediately following the second service at First Baptist, Atlanta. Don asked me if I would be interested in joining a prayer group, and I said yes. From then on, I would pray with Don in various ministries through the church: Under the Pulpit Ministries, Men's Cancer Group, Atlanta Missions, and Sons of Thunder.

In Philippians 3:17, Paul said, “ Brethren, join in following my example and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us. I told Brother Don that he was my Philippians 3:17. He was my example.

Despite a sometimes dire prognosis, Don was always joyful, kind, loving, and faithful. He would often greet me by saying, “Happy Sunday morning to you, my dear Brother,” and he always quoted Scripture.

In the more than ten years, I knew Brother Don Harrington; I would have to say he was “faith on display.” I will miss him.

Shayne & Toni Dennis

March 20, 2020

Dear Mrs. Tanya and family,
One of my favorite things (and there are many) about Elder Don were his salutations. He would say, "Praise the Lord, my dear sister!" and that would bring the biggest smile to my face. He was such an encourager and he reflected Christ with such brightness. I have numerous fond memories of him that I will treasure. He will forever hold a place in my heart and I'm delighted that I'll spend eternity with him. (Toni)
What a tremendous blessing it has been to get know our dear Sister Tanya and Elder Don. The impact and blessings in our lives are too many to list. Elder Don's mentorship and friendship has been more than I could have hoped for. I count it a grand privilege that he was a part of my life. (Shayne)
Lots of Love!♥️

Kathy Hart

March 20, 2020

One of my fondest memories of Don and Tanya was standing as witnesses at our wedding on 8.1.2014. I can’t remember a time when Don was not smiling, sharing Scripture or praying with someone. Well done good and faithful servant. Your presence is greatly missed.

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Biography

Mr. Donald “Don” Lewya Harrington, age 86, of Douglasville, Georgia, passed away Sunday, March 15, 2020. He was born on May 12, 1933 in Buffalo, New York to Lewya Arthur Harrington and Pearl Howard Harrington. Don was hard worker who loved helping people. He enjoyed being outside, tending to his garden – he grew all kinds of vegetables and was big on holistic juicing. He took horticulture classes in school and after serving in the Army during the Korean War he made sure his family was taken care of by providing them with homegrown food while the economy was depleted. He was very active and enjoyed bicycling. When they lived in New York, he loved to cycle up to Niagara Falls and Canada.

Don also liked leg wrestling with the young men in the family. He was very vigorous in his church and was part of many clubs, such as, Under the Pulpit Ministry, Promise Keepers, and was the leader of a group in the church that focused on individuals who are battling cancer. Don always had to wear a white shirt, and many people made note of that characteristic.

Preceding him in death in addition to his parents are two of his children, Donna Harrington and David Harrington; and his siblings, Alan “Buddy” Harrington, Shirley Harrington, and Georgia Ann Tinch.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Tanya Harrington; his children Melinda (Johnnie) Hodges and Michael (Pam) Harrington; his brother, Arthur Harrington; his grandchildren, Mario Hodges, Gina Frasier, Aaron Harrington, and Tamara Smith; great-grandchildren, Mario Hodges, II, Tahjae Hodges, Camillo Gonzalez, Christian Frasier, and Reagan Frasier; his nieces, Kim Delores Harrington, Crystal Tinch, Jennifer Gunn, Anne Michelle Harrington, and Jocelyn Harrington; and numerous other loved ones, family and friends.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, March 20, 2020 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 11:00 am in the Rosehaven Chapel with Pastor Scott Downing officiating. He will be buried at Georgia National Cemetery Monday, March 23, 2020.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Samaritan’s Purse, www.samaritanspurse.org

Please take time to leave condolences with the family or share memories of Don by visiting www.WhitleyGarner.com

Services have been entrusted to the care of Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home, 8640 Rose Avenue, Douglasville, Georgia 30134