John Bruce Harrelson

August 25, 1927March 6, 2019

John Bruce Harrelson, 91, passed away on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 unexpectedly at his residence. Born on August 25, 1927 to the late Coy E. Harrelson and Ruth Graham Harrelson in Horry County, SC. Bruce was a member of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. He attended Duke University for two years and transferred and graduated from Clemson University. Bruce was also a graduate of American Academy McAllister Institute of New York. Bruce served in the funeral industry as a Funeral Director and Embalmer for many years working for Hickory Funeral Home and Bass-Smith Funeral Home. He served in the United States Navy during WWII. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife Doris Ann “Dot” Baucom Harrelson and sister, Evelyn Marsh. Survivors include his son, John Bruce Harrelson, Jr. of the home; sister, Martha Jandt of Seguin, Texas; and a niece, Dee Dee Jandt Brite of Seguin, Texas. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Hickory Funeral Home. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 12: 45 until 1:45 p.m. at the funeral home. Military Honors will be conducted by the American Legion Post 544 at funeral home. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 2: 00 p.m. at Green Sea Cemetery in Green Sea, SC. Memorials may be made to, Green Sea Cemetery Fund, c/o Renee Lovett Long, 16806 Swamp Fox hwy. East, Tabor City, NC, 28463.


  • Green Sea Cemetery, c/o Renee Lovett Long


  • VISITATION Tuesday, March 12, 2019
  • FUNERAL SERVICE Tuesday, March 12, 2019
  • BURIAL Wednesday, March 13, 2019

John Bruce Harrelson

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Patty Tucker

March 12, 2019

John- i am so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Your mom and dad were pillars of this community. Your dads coconut cake was legendary! Dot was the first Head Nurse i worked for. Please know that i am holding all of you in my prayers.
With much sadness - Patty Tucker

Gregory Annas

March 11, 2019

Sorry for your loss...Greg and Judy Annas

Doug Sigmon

March 11, 2019

Very sorry to learn of Bruce's passing. Worked with him at Hickory Funeral Home in the '70s and kept in touch when he worked at Bass-Smith.

Teresa Asherbraner

March 10, 2019

So sorry for the loss of your Dad. I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.