OBITUARY – William Harrison II

MISSION – William Andrew “Bud” Harrison II, 88, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, at his home after a one-month battle with cancer.

Mr. Harrison was born to Ollie V. and James William “Jimbo” Harrison in Woodville on Jan. 18, 1931, and moved to the Sharyland area with his family in 1946. He graduated from Sharyland High School in 1948 and Texas College of Arts and Industries in 1953 with a degree in horticulture. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1953 and served in Korea. After his discharge in 1955, he returned to start his career in agriculture. Following a stint with Pride ‘O Texas, he began his partnership with Ross Smiley at Smiley Grove Care, Inc., that lasted until his retirement. He married Martha Elizabeth Virden, on June 8, 1963.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Martha; children, Lisa Keller of Mission, Jim Harrison of Houston and Bill Harrison of Houston; and four grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Mary Bokor and Ann Bowman.

Visitation will be held on Friday, Feb. 1, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Ric Brown Funeral Home in Mission. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Mission.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations may be made to the Memorial Fund at First United Methodist Church, 1101 Doherty Ave., Mission, TX 78572.

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