Roy Conley Harrison
June 28, 1921 – January 31, 2019
Harrison, Roy 97 of Powell, TN left this Earth to gain his Heavenly wings Thursday, January 31, 2019. He celebrated his salvation for about 70 years and has spent his last 13 years as a member of Central Church of God. Roy never hesitated to share the love of Jesus with anyone who took the time to listen. He retired from Pontiac Motors after 30 years of service. After retirement, Roy was known as "Roy the Lawn Mower Man." His wife of 50 years, Qulin, parents, Charlie and Martha Harrison along with siblings, Ruth Penery, Rachel Brewer, Frank Harrison, Kenneth Harrison, and J.C. Harrison were all there to welcome him into his new Heavenly Home. Roy leaves behind wife, Evelyn, of 13 years; children, Joe Harrison of Speedwell, TN, Lida Kay Ward of Knoxville, TN, R.C. (Joyce) Harrison of Pinconning, MI, Joyce Saylor of Waterford, MI; step-sons, Joe (Peggy) Garrett of Palacious, TX, Donald Garrett of Waterford, MI; 14 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; 27 great-great grandchildren; siblings, Rubel Harrison, Betty Presswood, Shirley Rogers, Sidney Harrison all of Knoxville, TN; several nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at North Knoxville Medical Center and also the TN Cancer Specialists for all the love and care they provided. Family will receive friends Sunday, February 3rd from 4-6 pm at Central Church of God on Papermill Road with funeral service following at 6pm. Rev. Jack Dean and Chaplin James Dunn officiating. Family and friends will meet at Berry Lynnhurst Chapel on Adair Dr. to process to Greenwood Cemetery Monday, February 4th at 12:30pm for burial.
- Visitation Sunday, February 3, 2019
- Funeral Service Sunday, February 3, 2019
- Committal Service Monday, February 4, 2019
Roy Conley Harrison
February 3, 2019
So many memories to share about my grandpa, that I don't know where to begin and how to emphasize how important having him in my life was to me growing up.
On weekends, and sometimes even a few days during the week I would stay with my grandparents. I can still remember looking out the kitchen window and seeing my grandpa in the garage working on a lawn mower or sitting in a lawn chair as he whittled on some wood. I would go outside with him as he would whittle and I would ask him to let me try it, but he would say, "No, you will cut your thumb off". I can assure you that he was right, I probably would have lost a finger, haha. I can still picture the little curls of wood as they fell to the ground. Later in the evening he would come in and we would all sit and play a boardgame called
Aggravation. As he would roll the dice, he would cover it with his hands and he would laugh as his marble would send me right back to the start base.
On special occassions , Grandpa would make some of his delicious popcorn on the stove. He knew that me and grandma loved it and it always gave him a big smile on his face when he would bring us our big bowls of popcorn. I always told him it was better than Orville Redenbacher and that Orville should call him for his recipe.
My school was just down the road, and on sunny days he would ride his bicycle to the school to pick me up. I went to a Christian school, where he attended church so normally their would be 1 or 2 congregation members that were there that he knew and he would chat with them while he waited for me. He would then pedal his bike slowly as I walked so we could talk about my day at school.
He always distilled in me the importance of being a hard worker, honest and to trust in God, and that with God ALL things are possible. I will always remember his smile and his voice. He was a wonderful grandfather and I know that one day we will meet up again.
February 3, 2019
I remember as a little girl getting so excited when family reunion time was near, because I knew I would get to see my papaw for several days. With him living so far away, it was such a big deal to have time with him.
Secondly, he always made me feel like I was the greatest at whatever I did. He said I should've been at Bush Gardens as a waterskier because I was just as good...pretty sure I was no where even close, but I loved hearing him tell me I was.
Then I will never forget his beautiful legs. Even until the day he died, he had beautiful legs, I know it's a strange memory, but still.
Lastly, I will remember the last words I heard him speak before he went into a deep sleep for the last time, I said " I love you, Papaw" and he replied back, "I love you too, Sherri."
Thank you Papaw, for always sharing the love of Jesus with us all. We will be together again some day. Give everyone hugs.
February 2, 2019
I have great memories of Roy as my Sunday school teacher when I was young and times when me and him would go out and get a load of mowers for him to repair. He was always pleasant to be around and I will remember him as a great person. God bless all of his family.
Tammy Garrett Bross
February 1, 2019
I have lots of memories that I will cherish forever. There came a time I moved to Texas with my 3 children. Grandpa and grandma were the last people we saw before are long drive. He sat with us and prayed for a safe journey . He then gave all the kids 10 and told them to use it wisely. They didn't want to spend it at all cuz it came from him. He was always doing little things for all us grand kids. He was a great man and will be missed by many. Love you grandpa til we meet again kiss grandma for us all.
February 1, 2019
One of the greatest gifts you can give someone is a good example. A long-lasting impression. Someone that molds or inspires another to be a decent person, a valuable human being. A continued positive outlook, a funny laugh, a quirky smile, Strong Christian values, and an unwavering love for man and country. But more importantly to witness the tenacity and spirit of a hard-working man. Someone who never quit working. Someone who practiced what he preached! I was young, when so many things became evident and clear to me, the one thing clear: I KNEW my Grandparents were DECENT people. I KNEW they were people to admire. He (they) inspired me to be righteous but kind, hard working, with a spirit for God. A great example to look up to, respect and inspire to be. Although my childhood memories were so many years ago, I recall them as if they were yesterday. He left that gift for me. He gave me that "good example" of Love, Family and HOME. The many Christmas celebrations in the basement. Hanging with him in the garage while he worked on his mowers. Always a baked good on the counter when we came over... Those impression for me are everlasting in my brain, those traditions I carried on throughout my life with my kids.
We moved away to California when I was very young, I didn't get to grow up with or get back home often; Usually under adverse circumstances. But time always stood still. He would still pull me aside to tell you secretly, "you were always my favorite, but don't tell the others!" LOL (which he told all the grand kids I think!) My last visit, he took me to the garage after the family reunion and he gave me a tiny army swiss knife (still in the box) and told me he wanted me to have something of his! I have cherished that thing in my china cabinet for years now! It was always the little things with him... that stood out the most RIP Grandpa, you will live on in so many you touched. I love you and wished I could have made it to see you before you parted.
February 1, 2019
I love you and will miss you . Thank you for the little pocket knife I will always treasure it ..