Dr. Ed Harmon, former Lexington One School Board member dies

left Lexington One board in october

Dr. George Edwin “Ed” Harmon, who left the Lexington One School Board in the fall, died on Tuesday. He was 64.

“We mourn the loss of long-time board member and friend, Ed Harmon. Ed served on the school board for 16 years and retired in 2016,” was the message issued from the Lexington One Communications office.

Dr. George Edwin “Ed” Harmon. (Lexington One Photo.)

Lexington One also honored Harmon during his last board meeting in October

Harmon was recognized for his “positive impact and integrity.”

At the October meeting Harmon reflected on the end of his journey, thanking those who served with him. “Hope for the future lies in great school board members, superintendents and administrators, fantastic teachers, and, most of all, incredible students and parents,” Harmon said. “It’s been an absolute honor to serve on this board. I wouldn’t trade these 16 years for the world.”

Lexington One said “We will continue to keep the Harmon family and friends in our hearts and thoughts. Ed will be greatly missed.”

According to his obituary, Harmon was educated in the public schools of Lexington District One. He was a graduate of USC. After USC, he went to Louisville, Ky. with his wife Deb to attend Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. There, 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.

Frank Shumpert, a close friend and former Lexington One Board member, 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 at Lexington Baptist Church, 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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