Tracy Leigh Harmon
October 26, 1960 - November 15, 2000
On Oct. 26, 1960, Tracy made her debut in Houston, Tx.
She was the 4th daughter/child born to Dewey and Dolly Harmon. They would eventually have 7 children. Her older sisters are, Sonya, Rhonda and Glenna. Kim, Chip and David would follow in the next few years. She was the only one that got her Momís blue eyes.
She was a happy child with a great sense of humor. When she laughed her eyes would light up a room. You couldnít help but laugh along with her.
She graduated high school and then married in 1980. She had 2 daughters from that marriage, Amanda & Lauri. She had another daughter, Alexandria from a later marriage.
In 1994 or 1995 she met the epitome of evil, David Beal, the man who would destroy her. She endured physical, mental and emotional abuse from him. She would leave him and he would persuade her to come home, often using her love of God as his bait. He would tell her that God had spoken to him and said she must come back home.
On Nov. 14, 2000, Tracy had a stressful day. She sat talking with her oldest daughter about the discord in her marriage to David. She told Mandy ďI know that you and Mom and Aunt Sonya donít understand WHY I stay with David. But until God wants me somewhere else then this is where Iíll be.Ē
Her husband called her later that evening and they argued and he hung up on her.
He had a block on the phone so she couldnít make long distance calls so she could not call him back. She called me collect in TN to see if I knew where Mom was. I told her and so she called Mom and told her she was leaving David and would be at Momís the next morning. She then drove a few miles and dropped off her 10 year old daughter, Alex and her 3 month old grandbaby, Ashlyn at Mandyís. That was the last time any of us saw her alive. She had decided to go to TX and confront David Beal and tell him that she was leaving for good. But I believe that God KNEW that she could take no more here on earth and HE decided she needed to be somewhere else.
At approximately 6:30 a.m. on Nov. 15, 2000, a motorist spotted her truck overturned in a ditch at the side of the highway in Dierks, AR. She was only a few miles from her home headed to Texas.
The police reported that she ran off the road and flipped several times and that she died instantly around midnight from head trauma. She was wearing a seat belt and the police did not think she had been driving over the speed limit.
It took the authorities hours to find David Beal. When he was told his wife had died.......he went ahead and worked the rest of the day before going back to Ark to begin funeral arrangements, etc. He maintained his control over her body even after death. He would not let her be buried in Ark with her family but in Texas.
The day my Mother called me at work and told me Tracy had died in a car wreck will forever be in my mind, my heart and my soul. I totally lost it. I had no family or friends close by and really needed some support at that time. That knife still remains in my heart to this day.
My Sweet Angel Sister now has 1 granddaughter, 4 grandsons and another grandson due in Dec. Iím sure that she is aware of them all and keeping an eye on them.
The loss of my sister was a major turning point in my life.I will NEVER get over losing her. She was the only sibling that I was close to as an adult and we could and did talk about everything. But for years she always seemed to have tears in her eyes. I will always miss my little sister and my best friend but I am at peace knowing that she is sitting at the feet of Jesus and no longer crying. She finally found her niche.
I have a collection of poetry about Tracy and photos of her that Iíd like to share with you all.
In Loving Memory of My Dear Sister, Tracy
Sonya K. Harmon Ashe