Herbert “Herb” Andrew Harrison, U.S. Navy (Ret.), of Wilmington, died peacefully, surrounded by family, at 5:45 p.m. on April 4, 2015.
During the 85 years that he traveled the path that he was destined to travel, he touched so many lives with his wisdom, kindness, generosity and love. He was the ultimate caregiver who made everyone feel safe and cared for. All of those who have been in his circle of love and caring have been blessed by knowing him.
Following 22 years of service to our country in the U.S. Navy, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Harrison retired and began a second career in the textile industry. During that time, he was the maintenance engineer for several textile plants in North and South Carolina and enjoyed farming, raising cattle and gardening. He was a Mason and member of the Eastern Star. An avid cook and baker, Herb was especially known for his out-of-this-world pound cake as far north as Rhode Island, as far south as Florida and as far west as Arkansas.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy S. Harrison; daughter, Cathy Ann Harrison; stepdaughter, Teresa P. Drewery (Ricky); stepson, Richard L. Philbeck; stepdaughter, Kelli Howard-Sims (Brent); stepson, K. Michael Howard Jr.; adopted children, Sharon C. Rayfield (Eugene) and Christopher D. Cox (Donna); grandchildren, Lyndon Harrison, Catesby Davenport, Traci H. Lawhon, Joshua L. Drewery, Amy Drewery-Then (Derek), Jason A. Smith, Jeremy D. Smith (Brandi), Megan L. Philbeck, Macy P. Murray (CJ) and Alanna and Bennett Brantley; great-grandchildren, Cassie Danielle Lawhon, Georgia and Clark Murray and Tatum Smith; siblings, Geneva Gasperson, Eugenia Brooks, Jane Hardin and Melvin Harrison; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 6, 2015, at Long Leaf Baptist Church, 317 Shipyard Blvd., Wilmington. Visitation with family and friends will be held one hour prior to the service. A second memorial will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 11, 2015, at Polkville Baptist Church in Polkville. Visitation with family and friends will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Dr., Wilmington, NC 28401
Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.
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