The Big Think

October 8, 2008

Harmon

Filed under: — jasony @ 10:02 am

Harmon Ferguson, 83, passed away on October 4, 2008. He was born on Christmas Eve in 1924. He is survived by his daughter Erin Anne Ferguson Young and son-in-law Jason Young; Yvonne Ferguson; daughter Kathryn Bordelon, son-in-law Henry Bordelon, and granddaughter Lily Bordelon.

Harmon graduated from San Jacinto High School in 1942 where he was an officer in the Reserve Officer Training Corps. After high school, Harmon enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps (which became the US Air Force) in September 1943. While in the military, he flew the Lockheed P38 Lightning and trained pilots for service on the front lines during World War II. He was proud to have served the country that he loved.

After his military service, Harmon attended Baylor University and was president of Alpha Chi. While at Baylor he studied voice with Martha Barkema and was very active in the Baylor choirs and concerts. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1950. He loved Classical music and especially opera. He had a beautiful tenor voice and was active in the Houston Grand Opera Chorus where he sang in the same opera productions that starred Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, and Beverly Sills.

Harmon served as Choirmaster of several churches in Houston, including West University United Methodist Church and First Christian Church. He was a gifted choral director and conducted many large choral works with orchestra. He especially loved conducting the Mozart and Faure Requiems.

During his long banking career, he served as an officer at many banks and was Sr. Vice President of Great Southern Bank.

Harmon became an Eagle Scout in 1942 and was active with the scouts for over 65 years. In the past few decades, Harmon served as Assistant Counselor Commissioner, District Commissioner, and Unit Commissioner for the Sam Houston Area Boy Scouts. Scouting played an important part of his early years and he more than repaid that debt through his dedicated involvement with the Boy Scouts throughout his life.

Harmon loved his family, was a loving father, had a kind heart for animals, and was a great leader. He was a one-of-a-kind man and will be missed by his family and friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Boy Scouts of America at samhoustonbsa.org.

There was a Boy Scouts Honor Guard at his funeral. Here are some of the Old Guard Boy Scout leadership. Some amazing men.

2 Comments »

  1. […] now, please go to this page to see Harmon’s extended obituary. He lived a long and interesting life and will be missed. […]

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  2. […] big event- Last October 4th Erin’s father, Harmon, passed away. Obviously this has had a tremendous impact on both of us. It’s not something […]

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