William L. Harrison

Published 5:49 pm Tuesday, January 21, 2020

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STOKES, NC – Mr. William Luther “Hot Shot” Harrison, 83, passed away Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at his home in Stokes.

A celebration of his life of faith was held Sunday, January 19, at Parker’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, officiated by the Revs. Gene Williams and Gary Saffell. A private family committal will be held at a later date.

William Luther Harrison was born January 30, 1936, at the Avoca Farm in Merry Hill, North Carolina, the youngest of ten children of Johnie and Rosa Harrison. He was a former member of the U. S. Merchant Marine and a retired employee of Ford Motor Company. Mr. Harrison was also a longtime member and deacon of Colerain Baptist Church before moving to Stokes and becoming a member of Parker’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church in Greenville, where he cherished both church families. Always dedicated to his community, he was a volunteer with the Portsmouth, Virginia, Police Department and a member of the Colerain Volunteer Fire Department.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 57 years, Ruth Frye Harrison, and by his two sisters and six of his brothers.

He is survived by his daughters, Deborah Vanderplas and husband, Steven, of Largo, Florida, Rebecca Kelly and husband, Tracy, of Holly Springs, and Esther Ingalls and husband, Terry, of Stokes; grandchildren, Samuel and wife Meredith, Timothy, Sarah and husband Andrew, Abigail, Joseph and wife Victoria, Daniel, Esther, Lauren, Christina, Cassandra, Jordan, Jon, Tyler and wife Jayde, Mallory, Jackson and Kristin; great-grandchildren, Jackson, Theodore, Clara, William, Lincoln, and Scarlet; brother, Willie “Buster” Harrison; brother-in-law, David Frye and wife Shirley; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and their children and grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Parker’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, 2241 Old Pactolus Road, Greenville, NC 27834.

Online condolences at www.WilkersonFuneralHome.com