April 16, 1965 ~ May 24, 2020

Born in: Lynnville, TN
Resided in: Indianapolis, IN

Donna Harney peacefully passed away at home, surrounded by family on Sunday, May 24, 2020. Affectionately called Fish by her loved ones, she was born on April 16, 1965, to Pearlee (Campbell) Richardson in Lewisburg, TN.

Donna was baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost on July 11, 1982, by Rev. George W. Ridley of Round Hill M.B. Church. In 2003, she joined Shining Star M.B. Church, where she faithfully served as the church clerk. Donna took her responsibility as the hands and feet of Christ, seriously. She used her community connections and personal resources to feed the homeless, clothe the less fortunate, and find shelter for families in crisis. She spent hours every day, making sure the needs of others were met. As a creative soul, she also reached hundreds of people by writing, directing, and performing in several of her original productions, which allowed her to share the Word of God.

Donna was happiest when she was surrounded by family, especially her husband Willie, who she joined in marriage on June 20, 1987. She loved family vacations, particularly on the beach. Donna also loved planning family reunions, small get-togethers, or any event that united her loved ones. She delighted in spending time with her girls, Shay and Tash, and her grandbabies, who she nicknamed Pudding Pie and Cuppy Cake.

When the Indianapolis Colts were playing, Donna was sure to be watching and cheering for the Horseshoes, much to the disappointment of several Tennessee relatives who prefer the Titans. She also loved the Indiana Pacers, but as a sports fan, she watched just about any basketball game on T.V.

Donna is preceded in death by her father, Willie Scruggs; maternal grandparents Grady and Josephine Campbell; and paternal grandparents Turner and Louise Richardson. She is survived by her parents Joe and Pearlee Richardson; devoted husband Willie Harney; daughters Renisha “Shay” McCarter and Tashlyn Harney; granddaughters Tareiyah “Pudding Pie” McCarter and Zariyah “Cuppy Cake” Jones; son-in-love Tarence McCarter; siblings Sherry Richardson, Wendell Richardson, Keesha (Derik) Hughes, Naomi Scruggs, India Scruggs, Devona (J.C.) Scruggs Clark, and Angela Scruggs; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and brothers-and-sisters-in-law.

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  1. Unc Willie, Shay, Tash, grandgirls, I love y’all to life! Aunt Donna will forever be my DON-DON. Our memories will forever COMFORT my heart! Love, Marilyn “Marls” as she called me

  2. My heart is heavy and I’ve cried a many teardrops over the last few days. You were a wonderful person and my “Go To”. You seem to have the answer before the question was even asked. Even though I was much older than you, you were way wiser.
    I truly think you started the phrase “Yes Ma’am way before it became a buzz phrase, but that was you “Way ahead of your time”. You were a lot of things to a lot of people.
    To society you were my Sister-In-Law in my heart you will always be my Sister- In-Love
    Love You Beverly

  3. I always said you were the star.You would do anything for anyone .You will truly be missed by many for all that you do.

  4. I can go on and on about how amazing you were but EVERYONE already know. I appreciate all the jewels of wisdom you shared with me. I’m very grateful I had the opportunity to interact with such a humble and loving soul. Your generosity and love for humanity can’t be duplicated but it will preserve. Love ya MORE PV🥰

  5. Donna
    You always teased and said you were my favorite shhhhhhhh you really are.
    “Now who is going to bake my pies”?
    Love Guy

  6. The memories, laughs and conversations will always be in my heart! The no judgement and the aunt that allowed me over as much as I wanted as a youth! My shared a special day with my twins and loved you some Maggie! Thanks for being the aunt that we all needed!!! Love Pookie

  7. God bless Willie, Shay, Tash, Tarence, Pudding pie, Cuppy cake, and the rest of Donna’s family. My heart goes out to all of you. Donna, you will be missed because you gave so much to the community. You gave from the heart and tried to make sure everyone you knew who needed help received help. Your light will always shine. God bless your soul. Love Chrissy

  8. I was blessed to have you as my client for your yearly travel and through the years I got to know you so much better a person with a heart of gold who worked tirelessly for her church. May your soul rest in peace and thank you for coming into my life I feel truly blessed.

  9. Rest in Jesus Sis Donna Harney see you in the rapture. Prayers of comfort going up for the entire Harney , Richardson and extended family may God keep you in his care

  10. Donna would always come back to her home church Round Hill M.B. Church every holiday, will miss that lovely smile and her giving praise to the almighty God, May God be with you in your time of Sorrow.

  11. To Mr. Harney and all of the Harney family. We the Spiritual-Aires Quartet Group want to express our most sincere and deepest sympathy to you and all your family during the home-going of Ms. Donna Harney. When you enjoy a Wife and Mother all your life, and then experience their passing, it will stop your world for just a moment. But in times like these, know that we have a Savior, know that God is the God of all comfort, and He will comfort you during this time and beyond. The Bible tells us that “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matt 5:4) We know the heaviness that you are feeling right now, but God says in 1st Peter 5:7 “Cast all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you”. Ms. Donna had the gift of giving; she was always giving from her heart so others would receive. She lived the truth of “It’s more blessed to give, than to receive”. And now Ms. Donna is receiving her rewards in Heaven, and hearing these words “well done thy good and faithful servant”. Please know that the Spiritual-Aires are praying much for you, and know that God will get you thru. “There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power, they are the messengers of overwhelming grief and of unspeakable love”. –With all our Love, The Sensational Spiritual-Aires, Deacon Eddie Lloyd- Manager

  12. My condolences to the family, to her church family and to the thousands she touched. She was an angel on earth who freely shared her time, her talents, her God given gifts. She certainly will be truly missed.

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