William M. Harman Memorial Fund

TYPE OF FUND:  Designated            DATE ESTABLISHED:  2003 

PURPOSE:  To provide perpetual funding for the following entities of the City of Parsons:

  • Parsons City Cemetery
  • Mill Race Park and River City Park
  • Five Rivers Public Library and
  • Citizens of Parsons

DISTRIBUTION: Distribution by Parsons City Council in accordance with guidelines established by TCF. 

VARIANCE POWER:  If, in the judgment of the TCF Board of Directors, the restrictions and conditions of the fund become unnecessary, incapable of fulfillment or inconsistent with the charitable needs of the community, the TCF Board of Directors maintains the right to modify the terms of this fund.

FUNDING:  From the estate of William M. Harman.  His wife, Louise Harman, petitioned the court to have the memorial fund managed by TCF. 

BACKGROUND:  William M. Harman was born at Harman, WV Sept. 13, 1900, a son of the late John William and Myrtle Miley Harman.   He had two brothers, Dr. Justin Harman and Maurice Harman, 2 nephews and one niece.  He graduated from Parsons High School and received his law degree from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.  He returned to Parsons, married Louise Frances Poffenbarger, and practiced law there for 50 years.  He served as president and legal counsel for the First National Bank of Parsons.  He was a member of the General Alumnae Association of the University of Southern California, the American Bar Association, the West Virginia State Bar Association and the First United Methodist Church of Parsons.  In 1971, at age 70, he died in the Broaddus Hospital, Philippi, WV, following an illness of a few weeks.  His cremains were interred at private graveside rites in Parsons City Cemetery.


(See Louise Harman Fund)