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Funeral services for Mr. Charles David “Fuzzy” Harmening were conducted Monday morning (Nov. 18, 2013) at Higgins Funeral Home with Bro. Jim Black, Jim Stewart and Dick Farrar officiating.
A decorated World War II veteran, standout athlete and former coach, and local businessman, Mr. Harmening passed away Friday evening at St. Thomas Hospital West in Nashville. He was 87. Burial at Rose Hill Cemetery followed Monday’s services.
Mr. Harmening was the son of the late William H. and Nora Myrick Harmening.
He is survived by his wife June of 59 years and two daughters, B’Lisa King and Heather Dee Puckett and son-in-law Tony, and two grandchildren, Kyler King and Morgan Puckett, all of Hazel Green, Ala. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter Heather Lynn Hatfield and several brothers and sisters.
He spent two years in Europe serving in the infantry during World War II. He participated in three major European campaigns, Ardennes – Battle of the Bulge, Rhineland Crossing, the Rhine River and Central Europe. While serving his country, he received three Bronze Stars, the Good Conduct Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Presidential Unit Citation, and the Distinguished Service Medal.
After being discharged, he enrolled at what was then Middle Tennessee State College where he was a walk on in basketball, playing four years and as captain his junior and senior years. He was the college’s first 1,000-point scorer in the sport, and in 2009, he was inducted into the MTSU Sports Hall of Fame. He also lettered in baseball at the college.
After graduating, he coached basketball and football for eight years at Flintville and Central High.
He went in to the life insurance business in 1957 and continued until recently.
He was also a member of the Fayetteville Rotary Club for 51 years, serving as president and being a Paul Harris Fellow. As a member of the club, he was also a longtime chairman of the civic organization’s annual Rotary Fish Fry.
The family would appreciate memorials being sent to Monroe Carell Children’s Hospital in Nashville or St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis.