William Jessie (Jay) HarmonJune 14th, 2020
William Jessie (Jay) Harmon, age 90, of Millersburg, passed away on Sunday, June 7, 2020, at Parkside Manor where he resided for six months. Jay was born in Boone County, Mo, on October 14, 1929, a son of Shady Lilbert Harmon and Elsie Leah Charlton Harmon. He married Anna Sue Bryant on May 21, 1951 when he was on leave from Army training en route to active duty in Korea. Jay, also affectionately known as Jaybird, graduated from Hickman High School in 1948 and lived in Columbia 60 years. He worked as a technician for Central Office Equipment for much of his career. After retirement, Jay and Anna Sue moved to the farm in Millersburg and, along with Roger, they farmed where Jay's passion for the outdoors and hard work were fully realized. His mechanical experience came in handy while keeping farm equipment running. He enjoyed raising cattle and harvesting hay. When he wasn't working, he enjoyed fishing and could catch one nearly anywhere. Jay and Anna Sue loved to camp with friends and family, including many years when they were Good Sam Club members. In the early years they tent camped with their children and their friends then progressed into larger and nicer campers until they wintered in a well-appointed motorhome several years near Harlingen, Texas. Nothing pleased them more than family and friends visiting them in Texas so they could visit all their favorite spots under the auspices of guiding tours. Folks knew they would have a good time with Jay and he did his best to please. Family meant the world to Jay as his parents inspired the joy of belonging to a large family so for his 90th birthday, family celebrated with him by holding a reunion. Jay is survived by his wife of 69 years, Anna Sue Bryant Harmon, son Roger Harmon (Janie), and daughter Janis Harmon Stock of Millersburg; grandchildren, Jennifer Toohey (Brian), Kelly Carney, Amanda VanMatre (Brennan), and Matt Stock (Gina); and great-grandchildren, Aiden, Ella, and Grayson Toohey, Lila Carney, Kyler and Brecken VanMatre, and Kori Jay Stock, who is named in honor of her great-grandfather. Jay is also survived by his sisters, Dorothy McBride of Canton, Ga., Shirley Smith (Billy Jack) of Columbia; brother, Larry Harmon (Judy) of Hallsville; and many dear nieces and nephews. In addition, he is survived by a large circle of friends. Family members who preceded Jay in death include his parents; brother, Leonard; and sisters, Bonnie Poe, Alma Holton, and Yvonne Bryant. The family wishes to thank caregivers at The Arbors at Millcreek and Parkside Manor who compassionately cared for Jay during the past two years. Services will be held at a later date when family and friends may gather to honor Jay's life. Memorials are not necessary but may be made in Jay's honor to The Longest Day, Alzheimer's Association and mailed to Mary Kaye Swanson, The Arbors at Millcreek, 1990 W. Southampton Drive, Columbia, MO 65203, or online https://act.alz.org/site/TR;jsessionid=00000000.app 20041a?fr_id=13035&pg=personal&px=5334675&NONCE _TOKEN=D006A5E7A718F9AE9D4875673681ED01 Online condolences may be made at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.