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Edwin Thomas Harrison

August 16, 1950October 2, 2021
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Edwin (Ed) Thomas Harrison, 71, of Winston-Salem passed away peacefully October 2, 2021 at Novant Forsyth Hospital. He was born August 16, 1950 in Henderson, NC to the late Robert and Ethel Harrison. Ed was a graduate of UNC-CH in Business Administration and Duke University in Health Administration. He was a Management Consultant for physicians in Winston-Salem for 25 years and taught in the Yadkin County School System after retirement.

In 2000, Ed and his wife, Rose Marie Harrison, moved to Emerald Isle, NC where they enjoyed walks on the beach, collecting sea shells, hosting family reunions, and visits from friends. He especially cherished visits from his sons and grandsons. In January 2021, Ed and Rose Marie relocated to Winston-Salem to be closer to family. Ed was an avid Tar Heel fan and animal lover. He had a contagious laugh and was generous with his love and support for family and friends.

Ed is survived by his wife of 48 years; sons Palmer (Stephanie) and grandsons Nicholas and Jordan; Justin (Stephanie) and grandson Landon; sister Barbara Wolfe (John); and brothers Jim Harrison and Robert Harrison (Wendy).

The family expresses gratitude to the Coronary Critical Care Unit for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a pet or animal rescue organization or charity of choice

A celebration of life for Edwin will be held at Frank Vogler & Sons in Clemmons on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 2:00 PM. A gathering of family & friends to follow service will occur.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.frankvoglerandsonsclemmons.com for the Harrison family.

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  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, October 23, 2021

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Walter Wray

October 18, 2021

I was saddened to see learn about the passing of Ed. When I opened my practice in 1982, Ed was my business advisor and continued as such until he transitioned to the teaching profession.
I always appreciated his financial wisdom and loved his wonderful sense of humor. I can hear his contagious laughter right now. He was not only a business advisor but a friend, and I will miss him. Please know that I will be praying for his family in the coming days.
Walter H. Wray, Jr. MD

Susan and Gray Kimel

October 18, 2021

Rose Marie and family, we are so sorry for your loss of Ed. My mind immediately went to Salem Square Apartments where we got to know you both and our “square” filled with young couples beginning professional lives.

We wore the volleyball court out on weekends, then pooled money together for cookouts and socializing afterwards. Ed was always such a big part in all the fun. Those were such good times. Sending our love and deepest sympathy.
Susan and Gray Kimel

Bo Harrison

October 17, 2021

Really sorry to hear about cousin Ed- enjoyed talking to him at our Tar Heel tailgate just a few weeks ago. Praying for comfort for you Rose Marie and your whole family.

Joe Hammond

October 5, 2021

I spent many wonderful days at the Harrison house playing with Palmer and Justin as a child. Part of the fun was just being around Mr. Harrison. He was so much fun, told such great stories and jokes, and had such a warm and loving personality. May he rest in peace, and may the Lord give comfort to Mrs. Harrison, Palmer, Justin, and all his family and friends.

Joe Hammond

Ed and Mary Ann Watkins

October 5, 2021

Edwin learned his values from the lessons of our parents and grandparents. Things were either correct and proper or they were not. The logic of that was probably what made accounting so appealing to him. That said, he also loved a great story and he excelled in regaling all with his renditions.
Edwin LOVED family, his wife and college sweetheart, Rose, his children, grandchildren and all family. He also loved sports, especially Carolina football and basketball, dogs, Cokesbury brunswick stew, NC Seafood festival spuds, and the annual Swansboro Rotary Oyster roast (even though he ate the hot dogs
and not the oysters) as another family and friends gathering opportunity.
Whenever Emerald Isle issued a hurricane evacuation notice, he knew his "room" with us was ready. And we held some great "hurricane" parties.
No one could ever replace Edwin. He will be missed, but the legend will live long.

Matthew Lovell

October 4, 2021

I will always remember Edwin's Carolina drawl as he could go 'own & own & own', his proud Rideout & Baltimore Harrison roots, the referee shirt the cousins gave him at a family reunion in the late 70's, and a great Emerald Isle reunion in the early 90's. So many great jokes, stories & memories. Edwin will be missed and we offer our prayers to Rosemarie, Palmer & Justin as well as the rest of the cousins & family in this time of loss.

ERIC LOVELL

October 4, 2021

I have never laughed so hard spending hours upon hours on Ed's deck in Emerald Isle just telling jokes, family stories and the like! He and Rose can REMEMBER EVERYTHING! The way Ed could tell a story was just a RIOT! And when Rose joined in the banter was incredible.... I will forever have fond memories of Edwin, and will cherish every moment we had. His laughter is ingrained in my memory. Ed thank you for always welcoming me in your home and providing such a fun and great time. You will certainly be missed by everyone. Truly one of a kind!!!! Attached is the place where I will always remember laughing so hard!!!

Ben Lambeth

October 4, 2021

I have countless memories of watching Tarheel basketball games, Redskin football games, and laughing until I started crying with Ed, Palmer, and Justin. I grew up across the street from Ed and his family and most of my earliest childhood memories involve the Harrison family. Ed had lots of patience for four mischievous boys in the neighborhood. I know that his sense of humor and quick wit live on in Palmer and Justin and ultimately his grandkids. Thanks for all the jokes.