OBITUARY: Ernest Donald ‘Don’ Harp


Ernest Donald “Don” Harp, 83, of Montezuma, GA, formerly of Springfield, TN, passed away on Wednesday, May 29, 2024.

An original Southtown Rinky Dink, Don was a man of many talents. He penned several books, poems, and short stories, painting pictures with his words and stirring emotions in his readers. He was also a published songwriter, adding melody and meaning to many lives. Spending countless years in Nashville, TN, within the Country Music Entertainment Industry, Don’s contributions were invaluable, shaping the industry he held dear.

Don, a proud member of the US Air Force during the Vietnam War, lived a life as colorful as the stories he wrote and the songs he sang.

Don’s life was a testament to the power of following one’s passions and sharing one’s gifts with the world. His creative spirit, warm heart, and unwavering dedication will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. The list of accolades could go on for days, but perhaps the most cherished were the moments spent with his loving family.

Don is survived by his children: Shelly (Steve) of Ideal, GA; Jason Harp of Springfield, TN; Nikki Harp of Montezuma, GA; and Derek Harp of Ellijay, GA. He was a devoted grandfather to Brandon (Jenny), Megan (Stephen), Joshua, Anthony, Jacob (Emily), Braxten Paige (whom Don raised just as he raised his own children), Olivia, and Darien, and cherished great-grandfather to several.

In addition to his immediate family, Don leaves behind a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and other relatives, along with a multitude of wonderful friends, all of whom held a special place in his heart.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, and his beloved wife of 58 years, Helen Fay Harp, who passed away on October 8, 2022. Though physically parted, their love and memories will forever bind them together in the hearts of those who knew them.

He will be much loved and deeply missed by all who knew him.

Graveside services will be held on Monday, June 17th at 2:00 p.m. in the Springfield Memorial Gardens with Tim Harris officiating. There will be no public visitation prior to the graveside service.

Robertson County Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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