HARMON James Arnold Harmon, passed away December 29, 2012 at his home in Dade City, Florida after a lengthy illness.
Jim was born July 22, 1929 in Inez, Kentucky, to Daniel and Bertha Parsley Harmon as one of twelve children.
Jim was an outstanding basketball player while attending Inez High School and Pikeville Junior College, winning many honors and scholarship offers at both.
He was also inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame at Pikeville.
Following his attendance there he proudly served four years in the Navy before earning his Master's degree in Education Administration from Morehead State University.
He was a member of the Marion Hale Masonic Lodge 672 of Inez, Kentucky.
Jim started his career as an educator in a one-room schoolhouse. He finished his career of 35 years at South Franklin Elementary where he was principal for 20 years.
At his retirement in 1984, the school was renamed to James A. Harmon Elementary in his honor.
After his retirement he traveled extensively with Veroncia, visiting both sons and their families stationed overseas in the Army.
While abroad, he returned to education teaching in Panama and Germany with the Department of Defense Schools.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Veroncia; two sons and daughters-in-law, James Terry (Susan), and Steven Daniel (Kim).
He is also survived by five grandchildren, Valerie Hammen (Jay), Adam Harmon, Pamela Kucinsky (Joe), Sarah Harmon, and Mathias Harmon; four great-grandchildren, Cadence Hammen, Kellyn Wingrove, Dane Hammen, and Lainey Hammen; and his sister, Lucia H. Endicott.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents Daniel and Bertha Parsley Harmon, ten brothers and sisters, and his grandson Dane Kauffman Harmon.
Private services were conducted at Bushnell National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida.
There will be a memorial service held in his honor at Beavercreek Baptist Church, 3511 Dayton-Xenia Road, Beavercreek, Ohio, 45431.
Visiting hours will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., followed by the service at 1 p.m.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on January 10, 2013.