OBITUARY

Lee "Lee Boy" J Harrison

August 15, 1928February 28, 2018

Lee “Lee Boy” Johnson Harrison was born August 15, 1928 in Grand Chenier to the late Simon and Lillie Harrison. He attended a one room-school held in The Church of God in Christ located in “The District” at Grand Chenier. Lee received his high school equivalency diploma from Audrey Memorial on October 4, 1965. He was a Private in the United States Army and was stationed at Camp Chaffee, Arkansas during the Korean Conflict from 1950 to 1951.

Lee was first employed by Crain Brothers a company that manufactured “Marsh Buggies” owned and operated by John Paul Crain. He assisted with building and repairing the patented vehicles. Lee obtained another job along –side his father Simon as Co-Captain of the “True Friend” a supply boat operated by the Nunez Boat Service Company owned by Lee R. Nunez, Sr. The True Friend had a contract with the very first oil platform well drilled in the Gulf of Mexico in 1937. On June 12, 1958 Lee received his first license from the United States Coast Guard as an operator of passenger carrying vessels. In 1960 he became a pumper and Port Captain for Sam L. Warren both onshore and offshore. Simultaneously, he worked as a part-time deputy for the Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Department where he retired in the late 1960’s.

Taking a leap of faith, Lee formed his own company Harrison Oil Well Service, in 1972. The company was incorporated June 1, 1982 and renamed Harrison Production Services, Incorporated. Lee accumulated over 43 years as owner and operator; a milestone deserving many accolades. In honor of his devotion to his work he was named the 54th Louisiana Fur and Wildlife Festival King in 2011 which recognized business owner contributions to the oil industry; the first African American selected as King. Lee served as the Chairman and a Board Member at Large of the Cameron Parish Democratic Committee. He also was a board member of the Cameron Council of Aging Inc., a member of the Tourism Commission and Cameron Historical Society. He received the Governor’s Legacy of Achievement Award in 2009 . Lee was a devoted member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and currently a member of St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Lake Charles.

He leaves to cherish his memory a faithful wife of 62 years the former Wanita Bartie; four sons Dr. Gregory O. Harrison (Suzanne) of Cobden, Illinois, Marlon V. Harrison, Attorney (Renza) of Baton Rouge, Dexter G. Harrison, CPA, MBA (Tere) of Richmond, Texas and MacArthur Dozier (Delores) of Lake Charles. He is the proud grandfather of Wendy Hairston, Rian, Michael, Chloe and Cristen Harrison; 2 great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. Lee will always be remembered for his service to our great country and steadfast work ethic in which he assumed his entire career.

Visitation is Saturday March 10th from 9:00 a.m. at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, 5495 Elliott Road, Lake Charles, Louisiana. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:00 a.m. conducted by Monsignor Jace Eskind; Interment Consolata Cemetery. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com

  • FAMILY

  • He leaves to cherish his memory a faithful wife of 62 years the former Wanita Bartie; four sons Dr. Gregory O. Harrison (Suzanne) of Cobden, Illinois, Marlon V. Harrison, Attorney (Renza) of Baton Rouge, Dexter G. Harrison, CPA, MBA (Tere) of Richmond, Texas and MacArthur Dozier (Delores) of Lake Charles. He is the proud grandfather of Wendy Hairston, Rian, Michael, Chloe and Cristen Harrison; 2 great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. Lee will always be remembered for his service to our great country and steadfast work ethic in which he assumed his entire career.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, March 10, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, March 10, 2018
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Lee "Lee Boy" J Harrison

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Edwin Vallery

March 20, 2018

To: Dexter, Marlon, Gregory and Mac,

The funeral mass for your Dad was done beautifully. Monsignor’s eulogy of Mr. Lee Harrison was with grace and dignity. Dexter, your song during mass was very moving and paid honor to both your Heavenly father and Earthly father.

May you stay in God’s care,
Edwin Vallery
Houston, TX

Cathy and Donny Nunez

March 17, 2018

Dear Mrs. Wanita, Greg, Marlon, Dexter and family.
Please accept our sincerest sympathy on the passing of Mr Lee. He will be fondly remembered for affecting our community and our lives in a good way. May his soul rest in peace.
May GOD console you and provide you with many blessings.

Cathy and Donny Nunez

Norma Pinch

March 10, 2018

I was very sorry to hear that Mr. Lee had passed away. I know you will all miss him in so many ways. He was a wonderful person, husband, father, grandfather, relative, and friend.
I will miss the times he and I shared stories about both of our families and children. Please know that he was a very proud father & he had every reason to be proud. I knew he played a great roll in each of your achievements without him telling me so.
I also enjoyed the meetings he and I served together on in Cameron Parish. He and Mrs. Juanita were both pillars to the Grand Chenier community and with St. Eugene Church.
He was a man of his word, exhibited integrity, and had great wisdom.
I will pray for each of you during this sorrowful time, as I know you will miss his daily presence dearly, but you will have his memories to cherish. Know that his job on earth was complete & had been fulfilled . 🙏
Now, there will just be rest and peace as he continues to watch over you forever....😇

Love and prayers,
Norma Jo
*please accept my condolences as I will be unable to attend the services.

Jude Richard

March 9, 2018

So sorry for the families loss. Praying for all of you.

Jengi Miller

March 8, 2018

Such a great man. My condolences to the family and especially, Mrs. Harrison.

Michael McCall

March 8, 2018

So very sorry to hear of Mr. Lee's passing. Such a great person. He was a part of my youth, as was his entire family and a good friend to my father. Greg, Marlon, Dexter and Mrs. Wanita, Joel and I will pray for his soul and for your family. Again I am so very sorry to hear of his passing.

Bertie & Billy Pinch

March 7, 2018

We were so very sorry to learn of Mr. Lee's passing. He was such a wonderful man and friend to all who had the privilege of knowing him. He leaves quite a legacy for his children and grandchildren to follow. Our love to Mrs. Harrison and the boys, we will be unable to attend but will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.
Bertie, Billy and Whitnie Pinch

Kathy & Alana Vines

March 2, 2018

God bless my wonderful family and I pray that you will all get through this. We love you and hope to see you soon. Our prayers are always up🙏🙏🙏

FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Lee “Lee Boy” Johnson Harrison was born August 15, 1928 in Grand Chenier to the late Simon and Lillie Harrison. He attended a one room-school held in The Church of God in Christ located in “The District” at Grand Chenier. Lee received his high school equivalency diploma from Audrey Memorial on October 4, 1965. He was a Private in the United States Army and was stationed at Camp Chaffee, Arkansas during the Korean Conflict from 1950 to 1951.
Lee was first employed by Crain Brothers a company that manufactured “Marsh Buggies” owned and operated by John Paul Crain. He assisted with building and repairing the patented vehicles. Lee obtained another job along –side his father Simon as Co-Captain of the “True Friend” a supply boat operated by the Nunez Boat Service Company owned by Lee R. Nunez, Sr. The True Friend had a contract with the very first oil platform well drilled in the Gulf of Mexico in 1937. On June 12, 1958 Lee received his first license from the United States Coast Guard as an operator of passenger carrying vessels. In 1960 he became a pumper and Port Captain for Sam L. Warren both onshore and offshore. Simultaneously, he worked as a part-time deputy for the Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Department where he retired in the late 1960’s.
Taking a leap of faith, Lee formed his own company Harrison Oil Well Service, in 1972. The company was incorporated June 1, 1982 and renamed Harrison Production Services, Incorporated. Lee accumulated over 43 years as owner and operator; a milestone deserving many accolades. In honor of his devotion to his work he was named the 54th Louisiana Fur and Wildlife Festival King in 2011 which recognized business owner contributions to the oil industry; the first African American selected as King. Lee served as the Chairman and a Board Member at Large of the Cameron Parish Democratic Committee. He also was a board member of the Cameron Council of Aging Inc., a member of the Tourism Commission and Cameron Historical Society. He received the Governor’s Legacy of Achievement Award in 2009.
Lee was a devoted member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and currently a member of St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Lake Charles.
He leaves to cherish his memory a faithful wife of 62 years the former Wanita Bartie; four sons Dr. Gregory O. Harrison (Suzanne) of Cobden, Illinois, Marlon V. Harrison, Attorney (Renza) of Baton Rouge, Dexter G. Harrison, CPA, MBA (Tere) of Richmond, Texas and MacArthur Dozier (Delores) of Lake Charles. He is the proud grandfather of Wendy Hairston, Rian, Michael, Chloe and Cristen Harrison; 2 great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. Lee will always be remembered for his service to our great country and steadfast work ethic in which he assumed his entire career.

Visitation is Saturday March 10th from 9:00 a.m. at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, 5495 Elliott Road, Lake Charles, Louisiana. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:00 a.m. conducted by Monsignor Jace Eskind; Interment Consolata Cemetery. Words of comfort mat be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com