Funeral services for Mr. Arthur Lee Harrison, Sr., 83, of Alto, will be held Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 11 a.m. at New Hope Baptist Church in Alto with Reverend Tracy Clater officiating. Interment will follow in the New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery. Mr. Harrison was born on March 4, 1930 in Crockett, Texas to James and Hattie B. Bradley Harrison. He died on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Memorial Hospital under the care of Hospice of East Texas after a lengthy illness. Mr. Harrison resided in Lufkin for many years before moving to Alto where he resided with his wife of 43 years, Mrs. Verdie Harrison. Mr. Harrison enlisted in the army at the tender age of 16. He was honorably discharged on January 2, 1947 from the 2622 Army â€" Airforce Base Unit, Mather Field, Sacramento, CA. He received a WWII victory medal; He attended Dunbar High School in Lufkin and later attended a carpentry trade school on the GI Bill. He was employed for 37 years at Lufkin Industries/Foundry Department. Mr. Harrison served as deacon at New Hope Baptist Church and was a member of the male chorus. Mr. Harrison loved fishing, hunting, and was a great supporter of Alto Yellow Jackets sports events. He was a man of few words, thoughtful and he loved his family. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Verdie Harrison and stepson, Gerald M. Thompson, grandsons, Gerald Lamont Willis and Dantrell Deon Casel. Surviving siblings include Mrs. Luberta Fields of Lufkin and Harry James Harrison of Baltimore, MD. Mr. Harrison fathered nine children in his previous marriage to Mrs. Jessie Harrison Berry. He leaves to cherish his memory sons Bruce Stanley Harrison (Helen) of Huntington, Arthur Lee Harrison, Jr., (Frances), of Huntington and Rayford Allen Harrison (Sandy) of Houston. Mr. Harrison is also survived by daughters Shirley Dickerson (Mark) of Appleby, Nelda Scott (Herman) of Lufkin, Vanessa Harrison (Kamahl) of Houston, Sharon Harrison and Margaret Harrison of Killeen. He was preceded in death by his first-born daughter, Linda Joyce Harrison Bell Dixon and siblings Frank Harrison, Jewel Lovelady, Mary M. Roberson, Charlie Harrison, Lela Skinner, Essie Ward, Curtis Mills, Willie Hayne Harrison. Mr. Harrison's legacy includes 28 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. He also leaves behind countless nephews, nieces, cousins, and a host of other relatives and good friends. Visitation will be on Friday, January 31, 2014 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Tims Funeral Home, 222 Leach Street, Lufkin TX. Services entrusted to and professionally directed by Tims Funeral Home.
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Tims Funeral Home
222 Leach St
Lufkin, TX 75904
Published in The Lufkin Daily News on Jan. 30, 2014