Arthur William "Art" Harney – July 1, 2011

Arthur William “Art” Harney, servant of God, husband, father, grandfather, and friend died Friday, July 1, 2011.  He was 61.
Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, 2800 Paramount Blvd.  A viewing will precede the funeral at 3 pm.   Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.
Born on September 23, 1949 in Fort Monmouth, NJ, Art was raised in Florida.  He joined the Army in July 1975, where he met and married Joslyn Harney in 1977.  They made their home in Amarillo, Texas before moving to Arkansas in 2004.
A boat builder and carpenter by trade, Art’s career and passion was children.  He puppeteered and led Children’s Church and worked as a Family-Teacher for Presbyterian Children’s Home from 1992 to 2004.
Art continued in the same profession with Methodist Children’s Home following a move to Arkansas in 2004.  Most recently, he was dedicated to developing a Day Treatment Program with wife, Joslyn, in Magnolia, Arkansas. This was truly a labor of love for Art.  He was employed as Lead Behavioral Instructor at the Magale Therapeutic Day Treatment Program in Magnolia until the time of his death.
Art spent much of his life caring for troubled kids and some would say that he related so well to kids because he was a big kid himself.  He found wonder in life’s simple pleasures, including fishing, camping, and joyful times with his family.
Survivors include wife Joslyn, three sons, David Harney of Dallas, Seth Harney of Amarillo, and Mario Garcia of Magnolia; two daughter-in-laws, Leah Harney and Angela Harney; and two grandchildren, William and Evelyn Harney.  He is survived by three brothers, Thomas Harney, Vincent Harney, & Robert Harney, all of Florida.  Art will be missed by all of his family, friends, and the dozens of children whose lives have been changed by his devotion.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Presbyterian Home for Children, 3400 South Bowie, Amarillo, TX 79109.

0 Replies to “Arthur William "Art" Harney – July 1, 2011”

  1. I am saddened I never got the chance to meet my uncle, but I am happy to see the kind of man he was. Its nice to see what the other half of my DNA is composed of, and I feel like some traits must be passed down through blood. I hope his wife and children find the peace in his memory while their hearts heal. Rest in Peace Uncle Art, I wish we could have fished together too, its my favorite hobby in the world!
    Love to all
    Robin Harney (Pruitt) GA

  2. Art was such a good person. I know that he is in no more pain or worries. We lost a wonderful man and the Lord has him beside him. Take all the blessings he left in your hearts and be filled with the happiness he brought to all. I love you dearly.
    Sandy

  3. Joslyn,
    I am so sorry for your loss – know that Art is with God and probably a better place then we are. Keep the good memories close to your heart – they are the BEST ones to have. I did not get a chance to know Art well but I could tell by his interactions with youth at camp he was dedicated to helping all that he could. You know I understand exactly what you are going through and if you need me call!!! Love Karen

  4. Art was such a wonderful man of God and we were blessed to have known him and to call him friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We love you all.

  5. Joslyn, Seth & David… we are so so sorry for the loss of Art…we are praying for you all…Your family is so special to us & we want to help however we can..Art always brought a smile to whoever he met! He definitely ha d a heart for kids..we will truly miss him! All our love to you all…love Jackie, Peggy, Jacob, Abby, Jason & Cooper

  6. I am so saddened for you all in having read of Art’s passing. I am blessed with so many rich memories of ministering to kids with you! The joy Art brought to others is part of his lasting legacy. I pray the comfort of the Father be with you all during the “missing” times.

  7. Art William Harney was my Hero!!! There are not enough words to describe how he touched my life. I will never forget what he did for me. I remember all the wonderful times puppetiering, and enjoying his yummy jalapeno peppers, I loved it when he cooked those!!!!! I was soooo blessed to have him in my life!!! He was an AMAZING man!!!! I will forever miss him!!!! Joslyn, David, and Seth, I love u all so very much, my prayers are with you always!! Thank you for allowing me to be apart of your family and sharing such a wonderful part of you.

  8. We are deeply sorry for your loss. You will be in our
    Thoughts and prayers-we love you!

  9. To know Art was to love him AND WE DID!! Our prayers are with all of you~~elaine & wayne/Managua, Nicaragua

  10. My best friend is gone.. I remember how sad I was when we were kids in Port Monmouth and your mom and dad moved you guys to Florida… But I got over it … Now you’ve moved again but I will never get over this.. Rest peacefully Art the painful journey is over.. Now your greatest adventure begins…… God Bless You… I love you pal… Kenny

  11. Seth, Johnny & I want you to know that we are so thinking about you and your family. We are so sorry for your loss and will continue to hold you close in our thoughts and prayers.
    Wishing you calm & peace…
    Johnny & Bev

  12. Joslyn and boys, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I always remember Art laughing with the kids at church and at the homeschool activities. My prayers to you, may God comfort you all.

  13. Seth, we are so incredibly sorry for your loss. We are praying that God’s peace that passes all understanding will be with you. Your father was a wonderful man who changed many, many lives with his love. He was a living example of God’s love. You and Angela and your mom and family are in our thoughts and prayers. Please let us know if there is anything we can do.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *