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Janet Piecara Harden

March 27, 1953 — September 8, 2020

Janet Hendricks Piecara Harden passed away at 67 after an 17 month battle with pancreatic cancer. It would be wrong to say that she lost her battle because she never stopped fighting. She was the true example of perseverance & strength...And, just had a love for life. Janet was a fixture in her community and loved being surrounded by people. She was rarely found alone. If there was gathering of any kind, she was either in the middle of it or the reason for it. Janet's immediate family was small, but she had a family of friends that spanned the entire USA.

She was a fighter in every task she tackled and had the most passionate heart for helping others. Janet helped others in every way she knew how; no matter the time of day or night. If someone needed anything, she would be the very first one to come running. Her days were spent with sincerity, dedication, and devotion... whether that be to her work in the many legal and bankruptcy law firms for which she served, or more than 40 years or her dedication to The University of Tennessee. As she was a proud four-year member of the Pride of the Southland Marching Band and was a dedicated UT season ticket holder for over 4 decades. She often went back to play her clarinet with the UT Alumni Marching Band for Homecoming each fall and attended most every UT football game (home and away). Janet loved to travel and be “on the road.” Sitting still was not in her nature and that just helped fuel her love for others. Her passion for her Vols runs deep and her love for the Beautiful Smokey Mountains is forever ingrained. She was raised and has deep roots in Memphis, Tennessee, where she attended Messick High School and dedicated herself to keeping her high school band connected through many years of building her Messick High School Band reunion. Janet was one-of-a-kind.

Janet was born in Camp Roberts, California on March 27, 1953 and raised a Methodist. A member of Decatur First UMC for over 40 years, she taught Children's Sunday School there and was often a greeter for worship services.

She is survived by her husband Marvin, her Daughter Marsha, her son-in-law Joe, her grandson Clayton and many, many family of friends. Just because she is no longer here, it doesn’t mean she lost her fight ..she is now peaceful with her Lord as she sitting resting on Good Old Rocky Top.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that you make a donation to University of Tennessee Bands..please see UT band Website

Service Details:

Saturday, September 12th
Public Welcome Visitation Hours ( noon - 2pm. )
Limited Seating to follow with Service at Turner & Sons Funeral Home
2773 North Decatur Road
Decatur, Ga 30033

Officiated by: Rev. Dalton Rushing

The service will be available via Facebook Live on the A.S. Turner & Sons page

Burial service : 2:00 Monday, Sept. 14th, Memorial Park Cemetery, Memphis, Tn

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Saturday, September 12, 2020

12:00 - 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Saturday, September 12, 2020

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Monday, September 14, 2020

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