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Obituary – William “Bud” Harrison
William Andrew “Bud” Harrison, II was born to Ollie V. and James William “Jimbo” Harrison in Woodville, Texas on January 18, 1931 and passed away peacefully at home on January 24, 2019, after only a one month battle with cancer. He moved to Sharyland 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 Army in 1953 and served in Korea. After his discharge in 1955, he came home to the valley 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 the love of his life, Martha Elizabeth Virden, on June 8, 1963.
Bud will be dearly missed by all who were blessed to have known him.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Martha; his three children, Lisa Keller (Alex) of Mission; Jim Harrison (Veronica) of Houston; and Bill Harrison (Leslie) of Houston. He was exceptionally proud of his four grandchildren: Andrew “Drew” Keller (Teal), Wyatt Keller (Elise), Grace Harrison and Ava Harrison. His great-granddaughter, Laykin Keller, was a great joy. He is also survived by his brothers-in-law Richard Bowman, Garland Virden and Zane Rhyne; sisters-in-law Dorothy Wares, Davene Rhyne and Sharon Gray. Additionally, there are numerous nephews, nieces and cousins who loved him dearly.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Mary Elenor Bokor and Ann Bowman; brothers-in-law George Bokor, Cliff Wares and Jack Gray; and sister-in-law Wilma Virden.
Memorial services will be held in his honor at Ric Brown Family Funeral Home in Mission from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, February 1, 2019. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Memorial Fund at First United Methodist Church, 1101 Doherty Ave., Mission, TX 78572.