Published on October 31, 2014
A Psalm of Life ~ HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW WHAT THE HEART OF THE YOUNG MAN SAID TO THE PSALMIST Tell me not, in mournful numbers, Life is but an empty dream ! — For the soul is dead that slumbers, And things are not what they seem. Life is real ! Life is earnest! And the grave is not its goal ; Dust thou art, to dust returnest, Was not spoken of the soul. Not enjoyment, and not sorrow, Is our destined end or way ; But to act, that each to-morrow Find us farther than to-day. Art is long, and Time is fleeting, And our hearts, though stout and brave, Still, like muffled drums, are beating Funeral marches to the grave. In the world's broad field of battle, In the bivouac of Life, Be not like dumb, driven cattle ! Be a hero in the strife ! Trust no Future, howe'er pleasant ! Let the dead Past bury its dead ! Act, — act in the living Present ! Heart within, and God o'erhead ! Lives of great men all remind us We can make our lives sublime, And, departing, leave behind us Footprints on the sands of time ; Footprints, that perhaps another, Sailing o'er life's solemn main, A forlorn and shipwrecked brother, Seeing, shall take heart again. Let us, then, be up and doing, With a heart for any fate ; Still achieving, still pursuing, Learn to labor and to wait. Order of Service Processional Elder JoAnn Harlan Selection Mrs. Evelyn Campbell Old Testament Reading (Isaiah 57: 1 - 2) New Testament Reading (I Thessalonians 4:14 - 17) Dr. Cleveland Houser Elder Darnell Fletcher Prayer Pastor Henry Campbell Solo Mrs. Danielle Houser - Sawyers Acknowledgements Mrs. Shalita Stadaker - Walker Words of Comfort Ms. Pat Patterson (Friend) Mr. Bobby Parker (Friend) Pastor Yolanda Walker (Friend) Elder Preston Brown (Brother) Solo “God Will Take Care of You” Donna Alexander Eulogy Pastor Nelson Stokes Benediction Pastor Ricky Wade Recessional Elder JoAnn Harlan Reflections Melvin Douglas Harlan was the son of Maggie Harlan and Calvin Kennedy. Upon the death of his mother, Millie and George William Harlan, Sr. became Melvin ’ s God sent parents; Melvin was the father of Bryant Douglas and the grandfather of Ashton B. Harlan, MacKinsley White, and Jalen Douglas Harlan. The Pen of Redemption, records that Melvin began his life as a gift to his family on December 30, 1945. He received his education in the public schools in Davidson County, Nashville, Tennessee. Shortly after graduating from Haynes High School, Melvin married his high school sweetheart, Linda Crocker. To this union Bryant was born. During Melvin ’ s high school years he served as the Drum Major for Haynes High School Marching Band. This experience led to Melvin ’ s lifelong journey with music. Melvin enjoyed all forms of music from gospel to secular variations. Melvin became an entrepreneur in the art of spinning records. He would spin records for church events as well as other social occasions. Melvin had a studio where he would practice his craft and teach others the talent of spinning the right music for specific gatherings. Melvin went on to own and manage trailer parks. He was an individual who saw the needs of others and worked to meet those needs. Melvin also worked for Walmart and drove buses for the Metro Transit Authority for several years. Melvin was known for visiting the Waffle House, Ed ’ s Fish House, and the Old Timers ’ Fish House to socialize with longtime friends and neighbors. Melvin never met a stranger and he cherished his friends and family. Melvin ’ s hobbies included fishing and photography. Melvin was able to capture the essence of life through his lens and his relationships with others. Melvin loved our Heavenly Father and believed in His promises. Shortly before his death, Melvin recommitted his life to the Lord with an unwavering faith in the promises the Lord has made to His children. Melvin was preceded in death by his parents, Millie and George William Harlan; his biological mother, Maggie Harlan; his father Calvin Kennedy, and his brother, Pastor John Brown. And now, as The Author of Mercy and Grace brings the chapter of the life of Melvin to an end, He remembers those who are left to cherish the memories of Melvin. Melvin is survived by his devoted son, Bryant Harlan and devoted daughter-in-law (Melissa); his grandchildren Ashton 24, MacKinsley 15, and Jalen 8; his siblings, Elder Preston Brown (Hattie), Bill Harlan (Margarita), Joyce Houser (Cleveland), Victoria Fletcher (Darnell), Milton Harlan (JoAnn); his sister Darleene Beard; his devoted aunt, Elder Dorothy Reedus; his devoted friends, Walter Richmond, Cedric Thomison; his uncle, nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of other relatives and friends who will miss him dearly.