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Longtime Lexington One board member and public servant dies suddenly

February 9, 2017

Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) – Dr. George Edwin “Ed” Harmon passed away suddenly on Tuesday, February 7th at the age of 64. Dr. Harmon served on the Board of Trustees of Lexington School District One for a number of years and was a dedicated family man and servant of the people. 


According to his official obituary, Harmon was the son of the late George and Annie Ruth Harmon. He was educated in the public schools of Lexington District One before enrolling at USC in Columbia. After graduating from USC, he headed to Louisville, Kentucky with his wife Deb to attend Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned a Master's Degree, followed by his Ph.D. in Old Testament Studies. 


Harmon was an ordained minister who served churches in Kentucky and South Carolina. According to his family, he always said that he was called to serve and to teach. 


As evidence of his dedication to education, Harmon served 16 years on the Lexington One School Board. Frank Shumpert, a close friend and former board member himself, said Harmon genuinely cared about the children of Lexington County and worked tirelessly to improve the educational opportunities that they had locally. Shumpert said, “He was a true friend that did a great deal for Lexington County and will certainly be missed by many.” 


Harmon was very involved in his home church, Lexington Baptist, where he taught a men's Sunday school class for many years. He was a former deacon and played trombone in the church orchestra. 


Harmon had been employed with the SC Department of Public Safety for over 16 years. There he held the position of assistant director in the Office of Highway Safety for a number of years.


He is survived by his wife, Deb, of 42 years, and a son, Adam, as well as brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, and many more extended family members who loved and admired him. 


Services for Harmon will be held on Friday, February 10, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Lexington Baptist Church with visitation starting at 12:30 p.m., prior to the service. Burial will follow at Lexington Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Lexington Baptist Church.




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