A memorial service to honor the life of Mr. William Dale Harrison will be held on Friday, November 13, 2020 at Faith Baptist Church beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Mr. Harrison was born in Charlotte, North Carolina to Robert Harold Harrison, Sr. and Marjorie June Drewes. He was the second child of four.
For the moment, he leaves behind:
His beautiful, loving wife, Dale Lee Carter Harrison;
Children— Dalette Harrison Newell (Greg), Kevin Dale Harrison (Becky), Jennifer Harrison Harper (Rick), Jason Carter (Tracy) and Chip Carter;
Grandchildren— Lydia Danielle Winningham (Allen), Daniel Richard Rigdon, II (Kylie), Bradley Scott McNeece (Andi Katherine), Raeleigh Alexis Harper, Mikaela Brianne Harrison Baker (Ronnie), and Julianna Grace Harrison.
Great grandchildren— Lucas Paul Winningham, Preston Scott McNeece, Lydia Raine Winningham, Anniston Jace McNeece.
His children’s mother and dear friend, Elizabeth Jeanette Pinkham.
Sisters—Bobbi Gregorich (David) and Judi Vidler (Paul).
He joins his parents, Bob and Margie and his brother, Robert Harold Harrison, Jr., who was dearly loved by his big brother. Harold was killed in the line of duty as a California Highway Patrolman on January 11, 1974 at the age of 26. Extended family members he joins include aunts, cousins, mothers-in-law, fathers-in-law, and twin great-granddaughters.
What can you say about the man, Dale Harrison, within the confines of megabytes? As he repeatedly told us through the years, “I’m leaving you a lifetime of material.” And that, he did.
A few things he may or may not have wanted known include his weakness for all gadgets “As Seen On TV”, his love for USC Football and Dodger Baseball, his attachment to one 1988 Dodge “Fancy Van”, a well-deserved 1963 Olympic Gold medal in javelin catching, participation in mall speed-walking competitions against himself and his love of cats.
Dad planted nuggets of himself everywhere he went. To know him was to love him. He was magnetic. He was that person you enjoyed being around. He didn’t “attend” parties. Dad carried the party in tow. He’s probably already gotten a few angel eye-rolls at some of his corny “Dad jokes”.
Our Dad loved his family. The End. There were no conditions on his love and he placed no expectations on its gifted recipients.
Two words come to mind when thinking of Dad. He was “always there.” The details were never an issue. If one of his family needed him, he was there. Period. He never arrived at the last moment. He was, without fail, “Papa Dale Early” in getting there. Usually hours. That, we could depend on.
Dad lived by: “God first, then family.”
While on earth, he loved his God and because of that love, he was able to love his family. Thank you, Dad. We will each miss our daily phone calls and your interesting, but improving, novice texting skills.
Later in his life, he reconnected with a most wonderful woman from years gone by. On July 7, 2010, Dale Lee Carter took this Dad of ours and softened his rough edges with her love, kindness and beauty. Theirs was a relationship to be modeled, based on their mutual love for God and deep respect for each other. What a blessing to find such sweet companionship.
Our Dad was a great storyteller through his words, his deeds and his love. His is a story that while spanning his own earthly 79-year lifetime will continue on forever because of its eternal value. He shared hIs favorite scripture (one he prayed often) which is found as the prayer of King David in Psalm 51 after having committed a series of grievous transgressions. “Create in me a clean heart, O Lord, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not banish me from Your Presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore the joy of your salvation to me, and give me a willing, obedient spirit.”
All of us have fallen in sin and grieved the heart of God. Just as King David was “A man after God’s own heart,” so can we each be. That is the story that Dad lived and asked us to forward along to everyone.
The story of a contrite heart.
The story of true repentance.
The story of forgiveness.
The story of redemption.
The story of restoration.
This is his story.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorials be made in Mr. Harrison's honor to the West Coast Bible College, 539 W. Commerce St., Suite 2600, Dallas, TX 75208 or by donating online to www.westcoastbible.org/donate.
Due to the recent Covid 19 mandate by Gov. Tate Reeves, Mask and Social Distancing will be required.