Thomas Everett Harwood III (1923 - 2012)

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Thomas Everett Harwood III

Thomas Everett Harwood III (Tommy), beloved citizen and local attorney, died on October 27, 2012 at his home in Trenton, TN after a long illness with Parkinson's disease.

Visitation will be at Shelton Funeral Home in Trenton on Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 4-7 p.m. Services will be held on Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 2 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church in Trenton, with Interment at Oakland Cemetery following the service.

Family and friends have hastened to extend their condolences after receiving the sad news.

Mr. Harwood was born on October 10, 1923 in Trenton and grew up there. He was the son of the late Evelyn Hope Wade (Babe) and Robert Hewett Harwood, Sr. He was preceded in death by his dearly beloved wife, Elizabeth Ann (Betty) Auston Harwood, formerly of Ridgely; and his sister, Sara Virginia Harwood Cole and his brother, Captain Robert Hewett Harwood, Jr.

Tommy graduated from Peabody High School in Trenton. He was a proud veteran who served overseas in the Army during World War II. After serving in the Army, he received his B.A. and M.A. in business and accounting from George Peabody College in Nashville. He received his law degree from Cumberland University in Lebanon, TN, while having the distinct pleasure of also being on the faculty and in the business administration department. In 1983, he received the "Award of the Phoenix" from Cumberland, an award given to alumni for distinguished service.

For over 46 years, Mr. Harwood practiced law on Court Square in Trenton. During his long career, he was prestigiously recognized as a Fellow of both the Tennessee Bar Foundation and the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Not only was he a member and past President of the Trenton Rotary Club, but he was also recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary International. He was elected to the Gibson County Commission and served in this position for many years. He was a member of the Elks Lodge, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Tennessee Association of Certified Public Accountants. He was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church of Trenton, serving as Deacon, Elder, Sunday school teacher and Superintendent, following in the footsteps of his mother and grandfather.

Mr. Harwood is survived by his loving daughter and grandson, Dr. Mary Ann Harwood and Ketchum Harwood Marsh of Chatham, MA. Other survivors include his long-time secretary, Judie Warren of Trenton; his nieces, Buie Harwood of Richmond, VA, Hope Liebke (Bill) of Bunkie, LA and Hope Ortman (Richard) of Truckee, CA; his nephews, Wade Cole (Janet) of Olympia, WA and Frith Harwood (Nancy) of Bunkie, LA.

His family wishes to gratefully thank his devoted caregivers who enriched the last years of his life.

Tommy Harwood will be remembered for his honesty and wisdom, his love of hunting, his passion for dancing and the big band sound, his keen sense of humor, and his joy of keeping good company with family and friends. He was the epitome of a true Southern Gentleman.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the First Presbyterian Church, Trenton, TN.

Shelton Funeral Home, (731) 855-1621.

Published in The Jackson Sun from Nov. 2 to Nov. 11, 2012
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