Carl William Harmon

January 24, 1930November 3, 2012
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Carl William Harmon, Sr., 82, passed away on November 3, 2012. Mr. Harmon was born in Painter, Virginia on the Eastern Shore and resided in Norfolk most of his life. He was preceded in death by a son, Carl W. Harmon, Jr. Mr. Harmon was a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and retired from the Coast Guard Reserve after twenty years of service and from Norfolk Southern Railroad after thirty-seven years of service as an electrician. He was a Mason and member of the Moose Lodge, Son’s of the Confederate and Tidewater Harley Owners Group. Survivors include his loving wife of sixty-one years Barbara Ellen Harmon, a son, Michael Tracy Harmon, a brother, John Lee Harmon and wife, Nancy; a grandson, Blair Harmon Crass and a great grandson, William Anthony Harmon and a daughter-in-law, Janet B. Harmon. A celebration of Bill’s life will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2012, 2:00 p.m. at Smith & Williams Funeral Home, Norview Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to Bon Secours Hospice. Friends may offer condolences at


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Pearl Rankin

November 26, 2012

Bill was a dear friend, a wonderful man and very close to my heart. I keep his card at my desk to remind myself what it means to be a friend. He was always happy, always sharing a laugh, going the extra step and making sure you were smiling. The world has lost a truly bright spirit and I will never forget you! My condolences and prayers to Mrs. Harmon and the family, may the Lord bring you peace and strength during this time. <3

Janet Brock

November 18, 2012

Barbara and Mike, My heart goes out to you both. I was saddened to hear of Bill's passing. What a great sole. He was a friend to everyone who knew him. His goal in life was to make everyone smile. I know that he is in a better place spending his time telling his ol'fart jokes and hugging every angle he meets. god bless you both and remember that he will be with you forever!

Janet Fischer Brock

Alan Bossie

November 18, 2012

Barbara, I'm sorry for your loss. I'm a friend of Janet's and I know she was close to you and your husband. I pray for you as you get through this tough time.

kayla lamarche

November 17, 2012

Bull, as I always called him since I can remember, you were the man i looked up to, you were like the grandfather i never had, i cant tell you how devistated i am about losing someone as special as you. you and mrs barbara are the best people i know, and we arent even related. yall would always tell me to be strong and tell people to stick it where the sun dont shine cause i was the best they'd ever get. you both think the world of me and i appreciate all that you have always done. i remember you always telling me the story about how you remember how i would always crawl around on my baby blanket in the front yard at moms, i even remember always running over to you and jumping up and giving you the big bear hugs. you were, and always will be an amazing person. always watch after me, im gonna need you. i love you more than words can say. <3 ~kayla

Ann Bowden

November 16, 2012

I will always remember you and love you from the bottom of my heart, my dearest Uncle Bill.

Jim & Sherry Bowden

November 15, 2012

Uncle Bill what a ride you had in those 82 years of life!!! Aunt Barb he is still the love of your which your are going to miss very dearly. Mike your Dad loved you boys more than life it's self. Sherry and I along with our children and their families have lost a very special Uncle. We all rode on the back of your Harley at one time or another, but some of us had to get our own after that first ride of freedom. Oh what rides you and I had in those 11 years!!! Now you are riding in Gods country and I can only imagine what new roads you are aready traveling. I guest you have already meet a few bikers to ride with or have talked to. Uncle Bill we miss you already, but someday we will be all together again. Until then only ride as fast as your angle says too!!!
Jim & Sherry Bowden Lititz, PA.

Tom Allen

November 15, 2012

Bill was a good friend to me during my Coast Guard Reserves years and after. My first time on the Boat Crew at Station Portsmouth, Bill not only made my training a learning experience but fun, and it was the same on the shooting range. Will miss you Bill

CAPT Robert W. Grabb USCGR (ret)

November 14, 2012

Bill was a great friend and mentor to me. He was well-respected by his subordinates, peers, AND superior officers alike. As a brand new junior officer in the Coast Guard Reserves over thirty years ago, Bill took me under his wing and provided me with the guidance and leadership skills that served me well throughout my career. Fair winds and following seas, good and faithful friend.

Patti Sturgeon

November 13, 2012

"Bull" this Thanksgiving just won't be the same. You will be greatly missed at our dinner table, but I know that you will be here with us. In our hearts, always. We love you and miss you. I miss hearing your truck start up in the morning, or the garage door going up and down for me and especially hearing you start your bike and ride off. I'm sure you are riding again and making angels scatter. You will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved you. My greatest regret with you is that I never accepted your offer for a ride. Wow, the things we would do if only we had one more chance. And don't worry about Barbara, you know I will keep a close check on her. I love her too! Keep riding.
Love and miss you!

Kim Watson

November 11, 2012

Aunt Barbara, I love you both and will miss him. I am so glad you were both there for Mom, Kristie and I earlier this year and I hope you will let us do the same for you. Love, Kim