Mr. Bernard Harrison, fourth child of the late Benjamin F. Harrison and Carrie Hedgepeth Harrison, was born June 7, 1920 in Nashville, North Carolina. He departed this life, July 28, 2011 peacefully at his home in Rocky Mount, NC surrounded by his loving family. Sisters, Corrine and Ernestine, brothers, Thomas, Benjamin, and Samuel preceded him in death.
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He joined the Castalia Baptist Church, Castalia, North Carolina at an early age and was a faithful member for all of his life.
After graduating from the Nash County Training School, now known as Nash Central Senior High School, he courageously served in the United States Army during World War II and was instrumental in building the famous Burma Road which was critical to the success of the Allied Forces.
Upon returning home from the Army, he married the love of his life and his faithful wife of 62 years, Annie Mae Macklin whom he loved and cherished until her death in 2009. To this union was born a loving daughter, Jocelyn Faye Harrison Hart.
Mr. Harrison believed in a penny earned and a penny saved. In 1945 he, along with his cousin Willie Brooks opened a successful restaurant, Two Spots, now officially designated as Historic Douglas Block in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. After the restaurant closed, Mr. Harrison was employed by Abbott Laboratory, and worked there until he retired.
He was an avid gardener, and was known for his beautiful and delicious vegetables that he generously shared with his family, friends, and community. He enjoyed fishing and he especially enjoyed going deep-sea fishing in Newport News, VA with his beloved sister, Ernestine and her husband.
He was a veteran of the United States Army and a longtime member of Prince Hall Masonic Lodge, Unity #64.
Mr. Harrison was respected by everyone who knew him. His life, his words and his actions radiated with the love of God at home, at work, at church and in the community.
Those who share in their loss are: his daughter, Mrs. Jocelyn Faye Harrison Hart of Wake Forest, NC, a loving grandson, Jeronn Hart, of the home, one brother, Mr. David Harrison, of Durham, NC; two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Geraldine W. Harrison of Newport News, VA, Mrs. Geraldine I. Harrison of Washington, DC (Aunt Doll), a very special and dedicated niece, Mrs. Hattie Cooper of Nashville, NC and a host of other nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.
A Visitation for Mr. Harrison will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon, with the Funeral Service beginning at 12:00 Noon, on Monday, August 1, 2011, at Castalia Missionary Baptist Church in Castalia, North Carolina. Rev. Victor Fenner will deliver the eulogy. The interment will take place immediately following the service in the Northeastern Cemetery in Rocky Mount, NC.
These professional services have been entrusted to H.D. Pope Funeral Home, located at 325 Nash Street in Rocky Mount, NC.
Condolences may be sent via: www.hdpopefuneralhome.com
Published in Rocky Mount Telegram on July 31, 2011