Harold Edward Washington Sr.

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Harold Edward Washington Sr. was born on April 16, 1936, to the late Rev. Dennis C. and Bessie M. Randall Washington, in Mt. Meigs and entered into eternal rest and ecstasy on September 8, 2016. Throughout the course of his earthly sojourn, Mr. Washington experienced an enriched life. At an early age, he professed faith in the Lord Jesus and was baptized into the fellowship of Seventeenth Street Missionary Baptist Church by his father, who served as its pastor. He remained a faithful and dedicated member for more than seventy years, having served in many capacities including deacon, trustee, church treasurer, Sunday school teacher and superintendent, Bible study teacher, choir member, and chairman of the Challenge to Build Committee. He was a part of many other church auxiliaries as well. On January 21, 1961, he was joined in holy matrimony to Anna D. Higgins. To this union two children were born, Valarie Gail and the late Harold Edward Jr. Mr. Washington received his education in the Anniston City School System, Talladega College and Alabama A&M University. He was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Humanities in 1988 by Selma University for his meritorious service and outstanding contributions in the field of religion. He taught in the public school system of Alabama for more than forty years, ending his career as Coordinator of Vocational Industrial Education at Anniston High School. While teaching, he was a role model to and was loved by many students, who often thanked him for having helped to shape their lives. His professional affiliations were many, including the Alabama Vocational Association, Trade & Industrial Education Association, and the National Education Association. His fraternal and civic affiliations included Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (Life Member), Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, 33rd Degree Mason and Shriners, Grand Junior Warden of Prince Hall Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Alabama, the NAACP, the Democratic Club of Calhoun County, and the SCLC. He was also a member of the Anniston Area Alumni Alabama A&M University. Since 2002, Mr. Washington had represented the Calhoun County Commission on the Calhoun County Economic Development Council, where he served as secretary and treasurer. He received a proclamation from the Calhoun County Commission in February of 2016. He engaged in many different pastimes, including traveling, transporting cakes (which had been made by his wife) for weddings and other occasions for his beloved family, participating in family reunions, restoring cars, bicycling and motorcycling, bowling, visiting with family and friends, playing board games and the computer game Free Cell, playing the saxophone, and above all, researching and planning Sunday school and Bible study lessons. He also enjoyed manicuring his lawn*which was proven upon his having received an "Anniston Beautification Award" for his well-kept yard*and was a lover of animals; he always kept one of his beloved dogs in tow. And being a "jack of all trades," he felt that there was nothing too menial for him to do, especially when it came to serving the church. He was preceded in death by his son, Harold Edward Washington Jr.; his parents, the Rev. Dr. D. C. Washington Sr. and Mrs. Bessie M. R. Washington; his parents-in-law, Mr. Louis Higgins and Mrs. Gertrude I. Higgins; his brothers, William Moses, Dennis Comer Jr. and Charles Louis Fisher Washington and sister, Bessie Mae Jones. He will be greatly missed by his loved ones, wife, Anna; daughter, Valarie (Hosea), of Lebanon, Tenn.; two sisters-in-law, Theresa Washington and Anita Higgins; two brothers-in-law, Dr. George E. Jones and Jerome Higgins; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Service will be held Wednesday, September 14, 2016, at 12 p.m. at Seventeenth Street Missionary Baptist Church in Anniston with entombment at Maple Grove Cemetery & Chapel Mausoleum. The viewing and family visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Ervin Funeral Chapel "Where Courtesy Dwells and Service Excels" www.ervinfc.com
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Published in The Anniston Star on Sept. 13, 2016