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Jerry D. Harrison
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Obituary for Jerry D. Harrison

Jerry Dean Harrison, age 70, of Wilmington, NC, passed away on July 5, 2017. He died from cancer at his Sunset Park home.

Jerry was born August 15, 1946 in Reidsville, NC, to Vernie Walker Harrison and Kearney Harrison. He was raised in Caswell County.

In 1966 Jerry volunteered for the US Navy and served three tours in Vietnam. He received the National Defense Service Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal.

After earning a degree in electrical engineering from GCTI, Jerry was employed for
40 years with Fluor Daniels Engineering and Construction Company on projects in the Mid-West and throughout the South. The variety of work sites allowed Jerry to pursue his passion, riding his white Harley Davidson, Ghost, through Louisiana bayous, the Shenandoah Valley, the vastness of Kansas and the East coast of Texas. Along the way he hit a lot of bike rallies and rock ‘n’ roll concerts. In Paradise he’s riding the Ghost across a Rolling Stones stage.

Jerry enjoyed building his two geodesic dome homes, gardening, raising chickens and playing chess. At a pool table his laid back demeanor concealed an inner shark. Few beat him at the game.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Royce Harrison.

He is survived by his wife, Roberta Penn; her son, Orion Penn, Seattle; their “sorta” daughter, Andrea Sisk, Wilmington; a sister, Judy Harrison; and the family’s canine companion, CC Rider.

Jerry’s family is grateful to the special friends, neighbors, and caregivers who supported and sustained them during his illness and passing.

There will be a celebration of Jerry’s life on Saturday July 15, 2017,11:00 AM -1:00 PM, Halyburton Park Community Center, 4099 S. 17th Street, Wilmington, NC, 28412.

Memorial donations may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Dr., Wilmington, NC, 28401.

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11:00 AM
Halyburton Park Community Center

4099 S. 17th St.
Wilmington, NC 28412


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