Fred John Harb Sr.

January 13, 1931January 8, 2021

Fred John Harb, Sr. 1/13/1931-1/8/2021

Fred J. Harb, Sr. age 89 passed into the arms of the Lord on 1/08/2021 at his home in Knoxville after a long illness. He was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church. Born and raised in Lexington, KY, Fred graduated from Lafeyette High School in 1949. After graduation, he attended the University of Kentucky, until he moved to Knoxville, TN in 1954 with his family. In Knoxville, Fred enjoyed a long and successful career in real estate and the insurance business, retiring in 1996. Fred proudly served his country, entering the Army Reserves as a private, retiring after 33 years, as a Lt. Colonel. Fred was very active, playing racquetball or working out several times a week, but his greatest passion was being on the lake. He bought a small houseboat in 1968 on Norris Lake and that's where you would find him every possible weekend. His friends and family enjoyed his guitar playing and singing most evenings. After retirement, Fred and his wife spent their winters in Florida, where they made very close friendships with countless people. Fred was preceded in death by his parents: John D and Meryam S.; his brother: Victor; sisters: Helen Dughman and Alice Salem. His is survived by his wife of 62 years Mary Shunnarah; sons: Fred Jr, Robert, and Mark; daughter: Lisa Conway, grandsons: William IV, and Christopher; sister: Melveen Fadoul, dozens of nieces, nephews, and cousins. Berry Lynnhurst Funeral Home is handling the care of Mr. Harb. Due to the pandemic, there will be no public service at this time. A celebration of life will be held at a future time when it is safe to do so. Online condolences may be extended at


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Barry Hensley

January 18, 2021

I only found out Fred passed a couple of days ago. Fred was a wonder man and I know he will be missed. I met Fred at Court South and we played racquetball every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon for around 5 years. We lost contact around 10 years or so ago when I quit the health club and switched to another one. I thought of him frequently when driving by on Merchant Drive. Prayers for the family. 😢😢

Sherman Reed

January 17, 2021

Family of LTC Fred Harp:
We of the ROA family are so saddened to learn of the loss of LTC Harp. He has been a long-time member of the ROA Department of Tennessee and National ROA. He was a real patriot who answered the Call to Arms of America when our freedom was threatened. He set aside his own time and dreams to come to the aid of his country. May you know our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very special time of loss.
CH(CO) Sherman R Reed, USA (ret)
National Chaplain ROA
US Army Reserve Ambassador, Emeritus (ret)

Shirley and Dave Nelder

January 15, 2021

Our Dear Fred Harb has gone to be with his Savior and Lord. We met Fred and Mary in Florida and have been friends for many years. We are so sad Mary with the passing of this wonderful man and Friend. We will cherish the many memories we have of Fred. He was a giant gentleman, so kind and loving. We will greatly miss his beautiful singing voice, his quiet humor, his respective manner, and his love for endearing Life. God bless him in his home in Heaven.
Shirley and Dave Nelder....Ontario Canada.

Neal Whetsel

January 14, 2021

Thank you for your service. An honor to have served with you in Knoxville Army Reserves units.
Rest In Peace. Neal Whetsel

Barbara Day Hall

January 12, 2021

My parents were Bob and Wanda Day and they were friends with Fred and Mary Harb. I remember Fred coming to my dad's houseboat on the weekends and playing guitar and singing. I wish to offer sincere condolences to Mary and the rest of Fred's family on his passing away. We are sincerely sorry for your loss.


Barbara Day Hall

Chuck and Nancy Owens

January 12, 2021

Mary, We are so sad but know Fred has seen his Savior and is singing with the Angels. Favorite memory is when he would play his guitar and sing to us around the campfire. Such a good, sweet man. Love you! Chuck and Nancy Owens

Steve Fox

January 12, 2021

Oh Mary, so sorry. I am at a loss for words. I will help pass the word to whomever I know. So many good times to remember. We were planning a Florida trip in March with hopes you would be there. We look forward to having the chance to honor Fred as soon as this pandemic is gone. We love you all.