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"Tuff" Don Montgomery Harwell – March 26, 2015

Harwell Obit Pic“Tuff” Don Montgomery Harwell, 79, of Adrian, died Thursday, March 26, 2015.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 30, 2015, at Vega United Methodist Church with David Bonnell and Roger Morris officiating.  Burial will follow at 2:30 p.m., at the Harwell Ranch.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers at Vega, 110 Main.

Tuff was born Jan. 1, 1936, in Vega to Roddy and Irene Harwell.  He graduated from Vega High School.  He married Joanie Paschel on Sept. 12, 1960.  Tuff furthered his education with a bachelor’s degree in economics from West Texas State University.    He married his best friend, Gail Brown on Sept. 21, 1985.

He served on the Vega School Board 1978-1985, and was a member of Adrian Methodist Church. Tuff ranched all of his life and was a man of few words but had many friends who all loved him for his cowboy humor and wit.

Survivors include his wife, Gail Harwell, of the home; three daughters, Lee Jones and husband Michael, of Boerne, Jan Reeve and husband Mitch of Hereford, and Tina Hartness of North Richland Hills; a son, James Hal Bearden, of Matador; a brother, Lynn Harwell and wife Joy of Seneca, SC; a sister, Sharon Hobbs of Vega; a nephew he thought of as a son, Colby Harwell; grandchildren, Michelle, Emily, Melissa, Kinsey, Cory, Derek, Holly and Hannah; and 6 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be made to Adrian Methodist Church; or to Adrian Volunteer Fire Department.

Viewing will be from Noon – 6:00 p.m., Sunday at the funeral home in Vega.


  • Jesse and Margarite Mason Posted March 27, 2015 9:36 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time. He will be greatly missed.

  • Deanna and Sid Copeland Posted March 27, 2015 11:10 pm

    Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you as you celebrate your Dad’s life. It was an honour to know him!

  • Ron & Donna Clark (Baynham) Posted March 27, 2015 11:33 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. Tuff was a dear friend to my dad and he will be greatly missed.

  • Allan and Sharon Hill Posted March 28, 2015 7:21 am

    So sorry to hear about Tuff. Will miss him so much. Praying for you and your family.

  • Catherine Baynham Luecke Posted March 28, 2015 7:52 am

    Harwell family –
    I am so sorry for the loss of this wonderful man in your lives. Tuff was one of my dad’s very best friends. I have many memories of the time they spent together…. time that was mainly spent in raucous exchanges and much laughter. I also remember Tuff’s kindness and his love for his girls. I pray that you will draw upon your sweet memories now that he is in the arms of Jesus. I will always remember him fondly.

  • Larry & Vickie Groneman Posted March 28, 2015 8:40 am

    Vega has really lost a great guy, who always cared for others and was a true cowboy. Hearts and prayers go out to the Harwell family. Gail may God carry you thru these dark days knowing that God really needed Tuff.
    Love to you.

  • Denise Brorman Posted March 28, 2015 9:25 am

    We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers.
    Joe, Andy & Denise Brorman

  • Carolyn Ewing Posted March 28, 2015 10:05 am

    Gail and family,
    Please accept my prayers, my love and my sympathy at this hard time in your lives…I know you have so many great memories of this guy. May the Lord watch over and bless all of you….
    Carolyn Ewing

  • Joe and Vicki Ivy Posted March 28, 2015 3:36 pm

    Our prayers go out to the family of Tuff. We have all lost a great friend and a real cowboy.

  • Barbara Wheeler Posted March 28, 2015 4:00 pm

    My condolences to all the family.God surrounds you with his love.

  • Roy and Judy Stevens Posted March 28, 2015 9:00 pm

    Tuff was always a true friend and compadre, a man of much knowledge and a true cattleman and great horseman. Thoughts and prayers to the family,

  • Renae Moreau Posted March 28, 2015 11:43 pm

    Tuff was so good to me when I was growing up and in turn was good to my kids as they grew up. We will surely miss him.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you

  • Brenda Hammit Posted March 29, 2015 12:07 am

    Your family are in our thoughts and prayers, He will be greatly missed

  • Ted Miller and family Posted March 29, 2015 1:13 am

    You were a great man and will be deeply missed. Rest In Paradise

  • Marilynn And Jon Hart Posted March 29, 2015 9:03 am

    Remembering Tuff from our days at West Texas.. Our sympathy to his family.

  • Donald Fergerson Posted March 29, 2015 1:41 pm

    A life long friend was glad to have known him.

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