Thomas Bradley “Tommy” Harmon, son, husband and father born March 22, 1975, passed away June 5, 2021.
Mr. Harmon was a Kansas City native who knew many cities like home. He sat down and called Franklin his favorite.
Thomas, known to everyone as “Tommy”, is survived by his three children Elton Ashley, Lauren Nicole and Chase Thomas; his parents Tom and Muffet Harmon; sister, Muffet Eskra; and his high school girlfriend and former wife, Vicki Garrett Harmon.
Tommy was well known in the music and radio industry as “Tommy Garrett”. He started at a small town radio station while at Washburn University and quickly grew to the man who was well known and loved on the major radio stations along the east coast of the United States.
Tommy attended Blue Valley High School in Overland Park, Kansas, where he discovered his passion for theater and broadcasting. Pursuing this passion in college, he got involved in musicals and plays (many in which he had lead roles). Throughout his illustrious career, he appeared in the movie “Truman” and the TV show “Nashville”, and he had a weekly TV show called “Country Music Update”.
His first job as a country western DJ was with PIKN Country in the Florida Keys. Then he joined “Gator Country” in Fort. Myers, Fla., As co-host of the Morning Drive Show. His last DJ job was as afternoon host and director of music and programs at WRNS North Carolina from 2004 to 2015. It was there that he changed his name to antenna in “Tommy Garrett”.
He was well known for his ability to direct and present country music concerts with the biggest names in the industry, such as Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Brett Eldridge and many others.
Tommy expanded his professional career by moving to Nashville, where he had a publishing contract with Blue Guitar Music and was affiliated with the music group M-Pact and vocal productions M-Pact.
Tommy wrote numerous country songs, two of which were in the top 100 of the charts at the same time. He recorded songs with The Lost Trailers and David Kroll, and worked with several demonstration artists. His wife, Vicki, has also performed with him in concerts.
Tommy leaves behind the characteristics of a truly one of a kind man. He was an avid football fan and a coach who enjoyed watching games alongside his family. He has attended many championship games in all sports and has always been the loudest and most memorable presence at games or in a room.
Tommy made the most of his 46 years of life, doing more than most in their lifetime. He grew up playing sports, riding horses and carried his love of the outdoors into adulthood, where he enjoyed piloting his plane, riding a bull, training his children, boating, play golf at Westhaven and keep others entertained. He has never turned down any challenge life has given him – as he always said with his special smile, “I seek the sun!”
One of her greatest talents was helping others achieve success in life. With the support of his family, he became an active member of the church, participating in Bible studies and teaching Sunday school and religious education to his children. His love for Jesus and his faith in God, along with his family, helped him through difficult times.
Tommy has dedicated many years to supporting the radio telethons at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where his station has raised thousands of dollars. There was never a dull moment with Tommy, who leaves behind memories of laughter, joy, music and love.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 26, 2021 with visitation one hour before the service at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home. There will also be a Celebration of Life in Kansas City, Missouri on July 13.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES WILLIAMSON MEMORIAL, 615-794-2289. www.williamsonmemorial.com