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Joel Landon Harrison

January 21, 1972January 7, 2020

Joel Landon Harrison passed away January 7, 2020. He was born in Dalton, Georgia January 21, 1972 and was adopted by Dr. Billy J. Harrison and his wife Velda Daugherty Harrison. When he was two and a half days old, he was delivered to the doctor's house where his new mother and his new 6-year-old brother, Tim, were waiting to pick him up. Joel's favorite bedtime story was "Tell me how you got me." He was a strong-willed child. He was not even intimidated by adults. Being strong-willed, he used humor to persuade his parents, especially his dad, to give in to him. He later became a very persuasive top salesman in his career.

Joel had many friends, in fact, he had a nickname for each one. He loved to laugh, and he loved to make other people laugh. He had the rare ability to make people laugh without ever telling a joke. When asked, he replied, "There's no need to tell a joke. Life is too funny!"

Joel's personality, when tested for employment, was that of a Merchant Innovator, meaning he was a salesman but sold for the betterment of the purchaser as well as for profit for the company he represented. This type of person, just by walking into a room, draws people's attention. This was Joel. He was honest, straight shooting and trustworthy. They were drawn to him.

Joel was a man of compassion. When someone came to him with a problem, he wanted to fix it for them. He would say, "Don't worry about it. I'll take care of it." Then, he gave his all to "fix it". When Michael, a child next door, was accidentally killed, Joel vowed to wear a rubber wrist band with Michael's name on it until he died. He kept his promise.

Joel was good at any sport that in which he participated; baseball, golfing, fishing and hunting. He broke Varsity and Jr. Varsity pitching records. He has two plaques on the wall of Chickasaw Country Club, Memphis, for two holes -in-one. He always caught fish when no one else was catching fish, even when they fished in the same spot, used the same lure and held their mouth like his.

He was a great conversationalist. He could talk intelligently about any subject that was brought up and people respected his opinion and sought his advice. However, he was a private person and kept things to himself. When he was not ready to share, he had a great salesman art of diverting the subject back to the other person. When he needed rest from helping others and problem solving, he required his own space.

Joel graduated from Central Gwinnett High School, Lawrenceville, GA, and moved immediately to Memphis, TN, to find a job to prove he did not need to go to college. He worked for Southern Leather Shoe Company, Memphis, for 22 years as Regional Sales Representative. He was voted top salesman many times.

Besides his parents and his brother Tim (Michelle) and his nephews, Joel leaves behind his children, son, Dalton and daughter, Camryn. Joel loved following the children’s sports activities. He introduced Dalton to fishing, hunting, golfing and baseball. He loved teasing Cami because he loved making her laugh and seeing her smile light up.

Joel became a Christian when he was 16 and joined a church in Indianapolis. He had his own way of bringing people to know Christ and was still ministering to them in his own way. His last words were "Jesus, Jesus." He is at peace with God. He did his best.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or www.stjude.org


  • Dr. Billy J. Harrison, Father
  • Velda Daugherty Harrison, Mother
  • Besides his parents and his brother Tim (Michelle) and his nephews, Joel leaves behind his children; son, Dalton and daughter, Camryn.



  • Family To Receive Friends Monday, January 13, 2020
  • Funeral Service Monday, January 13, 2020


  • Interment


Joel Landon Harrison

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Ashley Rose

January 14, 2020

What an awesome guy...I had a short conversation with Velda, some time ago, and she said something to the effect of "Joel is such a joy," and I can't think of a better way to describe him.

Praying for comfort for all of Joels' friends and family.

Tamara Whisnant

January 14, 2020

To the Harrison Family my deepest condolences. Even though I only knew Joel for a short time he was a joy to talk to and always had a warm smile on his face. We spoke about how much he loved golf. He will be truly missed. You are all in my prayers. Phil 1:3

Jeff Flaherty

January 14, 2020

Dalton & Camryn, I'm deeply sorry for your loss. I lost touch with your father over the past few years, but he was always a stand up guy with unwavering integrity. The words in his remembrance are spot on, and remind me of what a kind soul he was. I recall the years he and your mother were getting ready to welcome you into this world; one could not have found a happier and more proud father. The outpouring of support at Joel's visitation was heartwarming - lean on those closest to your father, as they are there for you.

Much love, Sonny

Diane Ridgely

January 11, 2020

I wish that I had had the opportunity to meet Joel. Perhaps I had a brief glimpse of him through your descriptions of his personality ; a genuine “people person” with countless friends and compassion for everyone and every thing he was involved in!
My heart hurts for you. I am so, so sorry.
Blessings for rest and a special Peace as you say goodby.
Diane Ridgely

Angela Morelli

January 11, 2020

After Michael and I moved into “the cove” in Arlington I had problems with my mower. I was a little overwhelmed trying to get it fixed.
I heard a mower and walked out front to find Joel and Dalton cutting and edging my yard.
Joel didn’t fuss or judge, he didn’t know me or the issue, he just helped his neighbor. He looked up smiling, gave a wave and kept going.
You always knew Joel was watching over the cove and everyone in it.
May his loved ones find comfort in each other during this difficult time and draw strength from their faith.

Robert Burton

January 11, 2020

God's peace with the family and friends of Joel from Robert and Lydia Burton and family.