James B. Harrison, Jr., age 65, of Angelic Way, Lenoir, a native and former resident of Watauga County, passed away Friday morning, April 21, 2017, at the North Carolina Veterans Home in Black Mountain.
James was born July 19, 1951 in Watauga County, a son of the late James B. Harrison, Sr. and Margie Lea Coffey Brown. He was a police officer for the Lenoir Police Department and Sergeant of the Boone Police Department, where he retired after 34 years of service. James developed the Crimestopper's Programs in both Watauga and Caldwell Counties. He also served in the United States Air Force.
James is survived by three sons, Jimmy Harrison and wife Jenna of Lenoir, Charlie Harrison and wife Sarah of Asheville, and
Travis Harrison and wife Heather of Wilkesboro; one daughter, Michelle Gurley and husband Charlie of Lenoir; two granddaughters, Kaitlyn and Hailey Gurley, both of Lenoir; one grandson, Jace Harrison of Asheville; three sisters, Nancy Lane and husband Charlie of Belhaven, North Carolina, Mary Coffey of Lenoir, and Ursula Michael and husband Tommy of West Jefferson; one brother, Artie Coffey and wife Kelly of Lenoir, and his step-father, Mayne Coffey of Lenoir.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Stephanie King.
Funeral services for James B. Harrison, Jr. will be conducted Monday afternoon, April 24, 2017, at 2:00 o'clock, at Perkinsville Baptist Church. The body will lie in state, at the church, from 12:00 until 2:00 o'clock. Officiating will be Mr. Bill Hartley, Jr. James will be laid to rest with Military and Police graveside rites and burial, provided by the United States Air Force and the Boone Police Department, in Woodlawn Cemetery in Blowing Rock, following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to
High Country Crimestopper's, 1500 Blowing Rock Road, Boone, North Carolina, 28607, or to Crimestopper's of Caldwell County, 1035 West Avenue NW, Lenoir, North Carolina, 28645.
Online condolences may be sent to the Harrison family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com
Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.