Funeral services for Derek “Tom” Harryman, age 29 of Manchester will be conducted Friday, January 16, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Coffee County Funeral Chapel.
Interment will follow at Manchester City Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Thursday, January 15, 2015 from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM at Coffee County Funeral Chapel.
Derek passed away Monday, January 12, 2015 at his home in Manchester.
He was born January 19, 1985 in Franklin County, Tennessee the son of Lori Jones Harryman and Jim Harryman.
He graduated from Coffee County Central High School Class of 2003. Derek joined the staff of The Saturday Independent and began writing about one of his passions in life which was sports. Derek had a gift for writing the sports column as well as announcing play by play action for numerous sporting events. At one point, Derek was also the sports columnist for The Manchester Times. He was active in coaching several youth football teams as well as assisting with the Red Raider Girls softball team. He was instrumental with the girls softball team by helping them with their weight training program as well as any advice they needed along the way. He also Broadcast High School Sports for WMSR Radio and last year became the voice of Red Raider Football as play by play man on Fantasy Radio 101.5 FM WFTZ. He served as the Stadium PA Announcer for Coffee County Central High School Softball along with production work at WFTZ. He also served on the Manchester Little League Board. Derek was loved by everyone he met and was a true and loyal friend to all who knew him. His other passion in life was his music. Derek was a talented guitar player who started playing in a youth band while attending Trinity Baptist Church. His love for music continued into garage bands with friends all the way to professional gigs all over the Middle Tennessee area and Knoxville. Other musicians loved to play with Derek as he wrote much of his own music as well as lyrics, some of which were published on albums such as “Rock for Life”. Derek touched many lives and will be forever missed by all.
He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Charles and Kathryn Harryman; maternal great-grandparents, John and Lottie Jones; and maternal great-grandparents,
Willie Mae Petty and Dewey Petty, Sr., and an uncle, T.C. Harryman.
Survivors include his parents, Lori Jones Harryman and Jim Harryman of Manchester; three sisters, Kalee Harryman of Knoxville, TN; Poppy Morris and husband, Paul of Lynchburg; and Amy Harryman of Tullahoma, TN; maternal grandparents, Verlon and Wilma Jones of Manchester; uncle, Scott Jones and wife, Kitty of Manchester, aunts, Norma Baker of Manchester; Sharon Brown of Florence, AL; and Margaret Bandy of Winchester, TN; nieces and nephews, Christopher Corsi, Carrigan Corsi, Aidan Poteet, Jacob Jett and Luke Jett; and cousins, Jason and Jared Jones and numerous other loving cousins and devoted friends.
Memorial contributions may be made in Memory of Derek to assist family with funeral expenses.
Coffee County Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the Harryman family.