Paul Travis Harriman

February 6, 1925February 4, 2014

Paul T. Harriman, loving father, grandfather and friend, of Houston, Texas, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on February 4, 2014, two days shy of his 89th birthday. A native Houstonian, Paul was born on February 6, 1925, to John and Alida Harriman. He graduated from Jefferson Davis High School, and shortly thereafter, felt the call to enlist.

Paul proudly served his country during WWII in the Army in the Pacific (Philippines, New Zealand & Japan). Small in stature, Paul had a big heart and strong will, Paul earned two bronze stars. He was nicknamed “Button” (as in “cute as a button”) and “Peanut” and was recognized by fellow soldiers as a friendly and dedicated comrade. Though the Army took him around the world, he returned to his roots in Houston, living next door to his childhood home. His sense of adventure continued on his return home as he raced speed boats.

Paul was a loyal “company man” at Schlumberger Well Services for 33 years as an Electrician in the truck shop. He excelled in spite of his color-blindness. He received many accolades and was recognized for his innovations and inventions to improve service. After this retirement, he returned to Schlumberger as a contract worker maintaining service on the truck fleet.

Paul met his wife, Dorothy, through their involvement in Boy Scout Troop 27. They were wed on March 31, 1959, in their scouting uniforms with both the pack & troop in attendance. He was active for many years at both the troop & district level: Troop 27 Scoutmaster; early development of El Rancho Cima Scout Ranch; Silver Beaver award for distinguished service to youth in the Sam Houston Area Council; and a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow, Colonneh Lodge #137. He was proud that his son and grandsons continued the scouting tradition. His son, Van Harriman, and grandson Donald Harriman, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.

Paul’s sense of civic duty was strong and he displayed that through his volunteer efforts as an election official and service to various civic associations.

A founding and active member of Oakwood United Methodist Church, Paul was a man of strong faith. His prayer life was strong to the end. Paul worked hard to maintain Oakwood, driving his riding lawn mower 3 blocks to care for the lawn. He was instrumental in opening the church’s daycare to serve the community, as well as the seniors lunch program. Paul was not ashamed of the gospel and showed his love and faith throughout his life in his words and actions.

Paul loved the outdoors. He spent much time hunting, fishing and camping with his family. He and Dorothy travelled the U.S. exploring and enjoying nature. Many family memories center around time spent at the family land in Palestine, TX.

He was predeceased by his loving wife of 46 years, Dorothy Mae Harriman; his brothers John & William Harriman; son Joseph Michael Harriman; and grandson Donald Harriman. He is survived by his daughter, Kathy Grissett and husband Broderick; his son, Van Harriman and wife Rosemary Alyea; and grandchildren Angela and Jennifer Grissett; Ronald Harriman and wife Shannon; and Taylor and Hunter Harriman.

The family expresses its appreciation to the staff of Unlimited Care & Houston Hospice for the care and comfort they offered to Paul & his family during his final days. The family also recognizes Steve and Debbie Chavez and Efren and Emma Gonzalez for watching over Paul.

Visitation will be held on Friday, February 7, 6:00-8:00 PM at Pat H. Foley Funeral Home, 1200 West 34th, Houston, TX, 77018. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2014, at 2:00 PM in the chapel of Trinity Lutheran Church, 5201 Spring Cypress Road, Spring, TX, 77379. Interment will be at Earthman Resthaven Cemetery, 13102 North Freeway, Houston, TX, 77060.

Pallbearers/Honorary Pallbearers will be Ronnie Harriman, Van Harriman, Steve Chavez, Efren Gonzalez, Hunter Harriman, Marion Hixon, Michael Brooks, Daniel Alyea, and Hollis Alyea.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, Sam Houston Area Council, specifically to develop the new Camp Strake, or to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements under the direction of Pat H. Foley & Company, Houston, TX.


  • Visitation Friday, February 7, 2014
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 8, 2014

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Joyce & Jeff Kilpatrick

February 18, 2014

To all of the Harriman family, please accept our humblest and most heartfelt condolences for the loss your dear loved one, Paul. Paul was our friend and neighbor for 33 years, and he will be sorely missed. In the last few years, as his health declined, we missed his daily walks and our "street visits" as well. We were saddened to see those stop, and even more saddened when we learned of his most recent fall and his passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May you find peace in knowing that he suffers no longer and is again enjoying the company of his dear wife Dorothy. Rest in peace Paul. Until we meet again. God bless you.

David Nowak

February 11, 2014

Sorry to hear of you loss Van. I can tell by his Smile, he is in a better place. God Bless you and your family in such trying times.

Patricia Ordono-Griffin

February 10, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Eddie Guidry

February 10, 2014

I'm very sorry for the loss of your father. I know he was a great Dad and he will be missed by you and your family.

Bryan Hendon

February 8, 2014

I would like to express my deepest sympathy to Mr. Harriman's family. I pray for you to have strength during this most difficult time. Mr. Harriman was a shining example of how to live a full and devoted life.

Guadalupe and Lisa Martinez

February 7, 2014

Sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Jay Young

February 7, 2014

Thinking of you and your family. May God give you peace at this time.

jenny grisset

February 6, 2014


February 6, 2014

Sorry for your loss. My prayers goes out to All the Harriman families. Tho he maybe gone the memories will always be with us.

February 6, 2014

Prayers going out for the Harriman family and my son Ronald Harriman in the loss of his grandfather.