Cardinal Darius Harriston

Harriston Cardinal Darius Harriston, passed Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at Grant Medical Center. He was 81 years old and was born in Winston Salem, North Carolina, the only child of Marshall and Vascelia Harriston. Most of his adult years were spent in Columbus, Ohio after his marriage to Ruth Martin in 1960. He was employed at Rockwell International as an engineer in the Missile Division for nineteen years. After leaving Rockwell, he joined his wife in the operation of Corporate Services of Ohio, Inc., for twenty years. He was united with Spencer Memorial Christian Church in Winston Salem, at an early age. He was preceded in death by mother Vascelia Spencer Barber, step father Richard Barber, uncles Clifton Spencer and Roy Spencer, sister-in-law Alyce Martin, brother-in-law John E. Martin, and mother-in-law Harriet L. Martin and nephew Colonel George A. Martin, M.D. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of fifty-four years, Ruth Martin Harriston; sister, Carol Alexander; nephews, J. C. Martin, Craig Sunny Martin; niece, Clarissa Clark; great nephews and nieces, Keith Noble (Shavonda), Alfred J. Hill, Jr. (Jasmine), Travis Clark, Jr., Justyn C. Martin, Cardinal Jerome Alexander, Alisha Martin, Vestula Wilson, Gemini Martin, dear friends, Paula Gray and Gillian Martin; cousin, Edward M. Lewis; and many other friends and cousins. Celebration of his life will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, June 9, 2014 in the chapel of DIEHL-WHITTAKER FUNERAL SERVICE, 720 E. Long St., where the family will receive friends 6 p.m. until the start of start of service. Interment in Green Lawn Cemetery. To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.diehl-whittaker.com/obits


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Diehl-Whittaker Funeral Service
720 E Long Street Columbus, OH 43203
(614) 258-9549
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on June 8, 2014