L. Wade Harrison, Jr. died on March 18, 2013 at St. Francis Hospital, Bartlett, Tennessee. He was born on October 6, 1938, in Memphis, Tennessee. He was 74 years old. He is predeceased by his wife, Betty, and is survived by his sister, Margaret Miller, his children, Zoe Harrison Marshall and L. Wade Harrison, III, and by scads of nieces and nephews. Wade was a native Memphian and a graduate of East High School. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Memphis State University and received his law degree from the Memphis State Law School in 1963. Upon graduation, Wade practiced with his father, Lawrence “Larry” Wade Harrison, Sr. He then worked for Security Title Company and, after a short time, opened his own law practice. When his daughter, Zoe Harrison (Marshall) graduated from the Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1991, she joined her father in his practice. With his wife, Betty, as his office manager and his daughter as his law partner, Wade drew a great amount of pride from the practice of law. He continued to practice until shortly before his death. Another great source of pride for Wade was the success that his son had in his farming venture in Mississippi. Wade loved to go “visit” the farm and give his son “advice” on how best to manage the operation. Some of Wade’s happiest times were spent down on the farm, riding around in the fields while his son worked. Wade was a great believer in providing “supervision” to his children. Wade loved the outdoors all of his life. An avid bird hunter, he spent many hours behind his beloved setter, Heidi. When he was no longer able to bird hunt he would sit in deer stands that had been custom-built for him by his son. Wade got some of his best sleep in those deer stands. The deer were largely unmolested. Wade reveled in the company and accomplishments of his grandchildren, Ellie Harrison and L. Wade Harrison, IV, Harrison Marshall and Nick Marshall. He loved being with his grandchildren at his house on Pickwick Lake, driving them around the lake on his pontoon boat, and giving them “projects” to do. His belief in providing “supervision” did not stop with his children. Wade’s love of community was not confined to his family, which was large. He loved gatherings of friends. Those gatherings often included iced tea, and other liquids that were about the same tint as iced tea. Many were the nights that Wade and Betty, with a cadre of companions, would enliven the Western Lounge, Mr. B’s (the old one, not the new one) and other watering holes, honky-tonks and joints around Memphis, cutting rugs and telling lies. Wade loved to tell stories of those times, and the stories became more extreme as the years went on. Finally, Wade loved the Memphis Tigers. Even the football team. He and Betty were rabid fans of the Tigers, and were nearly ejected from the Coliseum one night for throwing cups of refreshments at Denny Crum. In later years Wade and Betty travelled with the Tigers to the Final Four game in 2008. Wade was thrilled to learn, shortly before he passed from this world, that Memphis was in this year’s NCAA tournament, and that Kentucky wasn’t. No doubt, Wade will be missed by the ushers at the FedEx Forum, whom he always chatted up. Visitation will be at 1:45 p.m. Sunday, March 24, 2013 at the Church of the Holy Apostles (Episcopal), 1380 Wolf River Blvd., Collierville, Tennessee with a service following immediately at 2:30 p.m. There will be a reception following the service at the home of Zoe and Mike Marshall in Collierville. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Friends of Music Ministry at the Church of the Holy Apostles, the Senatobia Presbyterian Church, or Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on Mar. 22, 2013.