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The birds didnt stop singing and the flags werent flown at half mast, but on March 9, 2018 at 6:45 p.m., the world lost a good man. William Leon Harrison passed this life at home surrounded by family. He will be honored with a grave-side service at Richmond Cemetery on Friday, March 16 at 1:00 p.m. The family is planning a Celebration of Life event that will be announced later. Chaplain Joe White will lead the service. Pall bearers will be: Randall Barnes, Nathan Harrison, Danny Harrison, Daryl Harrison, Chase Satterwhite and Andy Leach.
Bill was married to Judy West for 54 years. They were the parents of two beloved children, Jennifer Harrison Barnes (Randall) and John William Harrison (Lorraine). His life revolved around being Papa to Annalisa Barnes White (sons, Logan & Cole); Nathan Harrison, Faith Harrison and Zachary Dauzat (Britta and sons, Zack & Hunter).
He was born in Madison County, KY in 1943 to the late Hugh W. and Ella McQueen Harrison. Throughout his life, he remained a devoted brother to: Mrs. Nita Schwab (John B. Schwab, Lt. Col. (ret.), Vernon L. Harrison (Carol), Jouette W. Harrison (deceased), Hugh R. (Pete) Harrison (deceased) and Dr. Steven M. Harrison (Tammy). Bill was equally loved as a brother-in-law by Diana Jaynes, Faye Satterwhite (Jim), and Rufus William (Bill) West (Maryann). He was a treasured uncle to many nieces and nephews.
Bill was an alumnus of Madison High School where he played football under Roy Kidd, a lifelong mentor. After graduation, he attended Eastern Kentucky University. In 1963, he joined the United States Air Force where he worked in electronics. After his tour-of-duty, he returned to EKU and later to UK. His career path took him from the Air Force to a year working with Robinson Tool & Die, then to IBM/Lexmark where he retired after 31 years, and on to 14 years at Ward, Hocker & Thornton Law, PLLC. He was also an electrician, a licensed building inspector and a certified OSHA Inspector.
Bill will be remembered as a kind, steadfast and humble man whose home had swinging doors, always open to those who needed shelter or just conversation. Though a quiet man, he eagerly shared smiles, hugs and an ear to listen. He could often be found reflecting by his Koi pond. In football season, one could always find him and his best buddy, A.J. Leach, near the fifty-yard line at EKU. Bill was an avid reader of science, history and philosophy and enjoyed great coffee. He was a member of Red House Baptist Church and a Kentucky Colonel. He quietly lived his faith but, if asked, he described it as an orange flame that burned like a warm sun inside him. In all ways, he set an example for which we are proud.
He was grateful for the care and dedication given to him by the staff of the Lexington VA Medical Center, Peace of Mind Home Care, Caretenders and Hospice. The family would like to offer our admiration and recognition to the doctors, nurses and staff who provided outstanding and compassionate attention to him in his final days. The loving touch shown daily to him by Janaina Alexander, Peace of Mind Home Care, was incomparable. We were truly blessed.
Community activities that emphasized family were Bills favorites, as family was what he cared about the most in his own life. The last few years he favored Line Drive Travel Baseball for the efforts the coach makes to uplift and involve the whole family toward total child development and family communication, along with building skills. Our family would be greatly honored by donations made in his name to Line Drive (P.O. Box 832, Richmond, 40476) or any other organization you prefer.
Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.orpfh.com.
Published on March 13, 2018
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