2009-12-10 / Obituaries

Earl C. Harrison Jr. and Virginia F. Harrison

Services for long-time Prudenville residents, Earl C. Harrison, Jr., 85 and his wife, Virginia F. Harrison, 81, who died within two days of each other will be held Saturday from the First Baptist Church, Prudenville. Earl died Dec. 12, at his home surrounded by his family. Virginia died Dec. 14, 2009 at West Branch Regional Medical Center following a lengthy illness.

The Rev. Douglas Stockwell will officiate the service at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Prudenville. Visitation will be Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of service. Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Prudenville. Christler Funeral Home, Prudenville Chapel, handled arrangements.

Earl was born Dec. 7, 1924, in Port Huron, the son of Earl and Alta (Coggins) Harrison. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He and Virginia Erickson were married in 1948 in Farmington. He and his wife moved to Houghton Lake in 1968.

Mr. Harrison served on the Houghton Lake Board of Education for 10 years and was involved as a school board member in the design and construction of the high school in the 1970s. He worked for and retired from Consumers Power Company in 1990. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Prudenville, where he served as a teacher and a deacon. He loved his family and enjoyed reading theology.

Virginia was born July 31, 1928, in Detroit, the daughter of Richard and Florence (Redwood) Erickson.

After the Harrisons moved to Houghton Lake Virginia worked as a teacher’s assistant with COOR Intermediate School District for 15 years before retiring. She taught Sunday School at the First Baptist Church of Prudenville for many years and she arranged and wrote many of the holiday programs children would participate in. She enjoyed working with children and at Head Start. She also worked for the Traverse Bay Woolen store in Prudenville.

She was very creative and often made things for her children as they were growing up. In later years she enjoyed completing puzzles.

Preceding the Harrisons in death were a daughter, Nancy Mattheiss; and a grandson, Eric Tuttle.

Surviving the Harrisons are their 10 children: Bill and his wife Jane Harrison of Westland; Bob and his wife Deb Harrison of South Lyon; Kathy and her husband Ken Case of Prudenville; Barb and her husband Frank Gentile of Decatur, TX; Jim and his wife Cathie Harrison of Watertown, WI; John and his wife Mary Harrison of Prudenville; Sue and her husband Jim Tuttle of West Branch; Steve and his wife Lauren Harrison of Prudenville; Judy and her husband Clyde Shilander of Ludington and Janice and her husband Eric Cowles of Midland; 22 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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