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NEWPORT NEWS - James "J.R." Harrison, 69, passed away Friday, May 18, 2012 at home.
He was a native of Tennessee, and had been a resident of Newport News for 56 years. J.R. retired from the Newport News Shipyard from the Steel Fabrication Department, after 30 years of service. He was a member of Central Baptist Church. He was a man who loved his family very much. He especially loved being a 'Grandpa' to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include his daughters, Debi Vazquez and husband, Ted, Teresa Womble and husband, Ronnie; parents, Raymond and Maggie Harrison; sister, Alpha Paul and husband, Cecil, all of Newport News; grandchildren, Crystal, Christopher, Jimmy, Emily, Samantha, Greg, and Sheri; 11 great-grandchildren; niece, Deanna; and nephew, Cecil.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, at the funeral home, with a burial to follow in Peninsula Memorial Park.
Arrangements in the care of Peninsula Funeral Home. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

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Published in Daily Press from May 20 to May 21, 2012.
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May 23, 2012
Aunt Maggie and Uncle Ray and Family. I am sorry to hear about JR. He will be missed by many. I am sorry I couldn't come to funeral but I just had foot surgery. Know I am with ya'll in heart and prayers. LOV U ALL
Peanut MacLeod
May 22, 2012
you will be missed! thank you for the laughs. my heart goes out to the family.
joseph lee
May 22, 2012
Dear Teresa, Deanna, and Family,
We are so sorry for your loss and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Mary and Mike
May 22, 2012
Diane & Wayne Bigbie
May 21, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss. Your family remains in my thoughts and prayers
Melanie, RN
May 21, 2012
Teresa, I am so sorry to hear about your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Kim Vicik
May 21, 2012
Thersa and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your dad, I thought the world of him, he was a wonderful Gentleman, a one of a kind. He loved his children and grandchildren and was so very proud of you all. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Threasa(Burr) Hudgins
Threasa & Buddy Hudgins
May 20, 2012
Teresa, We know two things for sure, your daddy loved you and so do we! God Bless You and your family. He is with our precious Lord......We will join him one day.
Chaplain Marie Boyd
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Regina Minton
May 20, 2012
dear aunt maggie and uncle ray, alphie.and girls. Iam so sorry form our lost. I loved J.R. very much i will never forget him.I love you all . Regina
May 20, 2012
Teresa, and Harrison family, I am trully sorry for the sadness your family has had to go through. My heart hurts for you.
Scott Tyndall
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