OBITUARY

William "Bill" Gary Harrison

January 19, 1954December 16, 2020
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William (Bill) Gary Harrison, 66, husband of Gloria Hilley McSwain, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, the day before his and Gloria’s fifth wedding anniversary. He fought a valiant battle with cancer. Bill was born on January 19, 1954, in Orlando, Florida. At the age of 13, Bill’s family moved to Atlanta, Georgia. After graduating from Henderson High School in Chamblee, Bill graduated from Mercer University with a B.A. degree in Economics. For several years, Bill pursued sales positions before finding his passion – construction. He began a solo business, teaching his son, Richard, along the way. After Richard graduated from high school and Central Georgia Technical College, they became a solid team. Their customers became loyal friends who respected their work ethic, honesty, and integrity. The most outstanding feature of Bill’s character was that he set the standard for fatherhood. As a single dad, raising his son, Bill was always there. He attended every school function and every game in which Richard participated. Bill was a role model which Richard emulates with his own daughter. Needless to say, Lilly loved Grandfather, and Grandfather doted on her. In his later years, Bill became an avid runner, joined the Macon Tracks Club, and participated in triathlons and marathons. His proudest moment as an athlete was winning first place for his age group in the Coliseum’s Rock ‘N Roll Sprint in 2007. His extraordinary physical ability served him well during his fight with cancer. In his marriage, Bill demonstrated his love daily with his kindness, wisdom, and consideration. Although Bill and Gloria only had a few years together, they filled them with wonderful trips between struggles of medical treatment. His positive attitude was an example for all. Bill was predeceased by his father Norman Elwood Harrison. He is survived by his wife, Gloria; son, Richard David Harrison; granddaughter, Lilly Grace Harrison; mother, Edna Maia McLean Harrison; brother, Norman (Kathy) Harrison; sister, Beth (Earl) Reed; and nephews, Todd (Jenny) Harrison and Brad (Liz) Harrison; and step-daughters, Lauren McSwain and Ginny McSwain. A graveside service at the Davis family Cemetery on Franklinton Road will be held on Tuesday, December 22, 2020, at 11 A.M. The Very Reverend Doctor Richard E. Donohoe will officiate. Face coverings should be worn and social distancing should be maintained. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Federated Garden Clubs of Macon, Inc., P.O. Box 5225, Macon, GA 31208. Visit www.snowsmacon.com to express tributes, as well as view photos and video from the family. Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Bass Road, had charge of arrangements.

  • FAMILY

  • Norman Elwood Harrison, Father (deceased)
  • Edna Maia McLean Harrison, Mother
  • Gloria Hilley McSwain, Wife
  • Richard David Harrison, Son
  • Lilly Grace Harrison, Granddaughter
  • Norman Harrison (Kathy), Brother
  • Beth Reed (Earl), Sister
  • Todd Harrison (Jenny), Nephew
  • Brad Harrison (Liz), Nephew
  • Lauren McSwain, Step Daughter
  • Ginny McSwain, Step Daughter
  • DONATIONS

  • Federated Garden Clubs of Macon

Services

  • Graveside Committal

    Tuesday, December 22, 2020

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Cathy Hayden

January 10, 2021

Gloria,
So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. We enjoyed getting to know him. You are in our prayers.
Dave and Cathy hayden

Lauren McSwain

December 29, 2020

Lauren McSwain

December 29, 2020

Melba byington

December 21, 2020

Gloria I am so sorry for your loss. You will always be in my prayers. You and Bill made some wonderful memories. Love you❤
Melba

Susan Hilley

December 20, 2020

I will always remember Bill as a wonderful man with a kind heart. Bill and Gloria were so very fortunate to have met. I was always so glad that they shared so much joy and love in their lives together.

My deepest condolences.

In Love,
Sue

Vicki Adams

December 19, 2020

Richard and family. I am so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Your father was a kind soul.

Bryan Leskosky

December 18, 2020

Bill and I were fraternity brothers in Sigma Nu at Mercer. So sorry for your loss; he was such a kind person and we have great memories of those years.
Bryan and Lauren Leskosky

Barbara Yancey

December 17, 2020

Bill was the Best! He was my friend, my carpenter and all around good egg. Bill wasn't just a carpenter he was a Macgyver. He worked on both my houses. Thank you Ms Gloria for taking good care of him. Richard , you and Lily were so lucky to have him. To Bills mom you raise a good boy!! I will miss him so much as I know you guys will. Barbara Yancey

Mary George

December 17, 2020

We will miss you so much. Sending love to your family from the George family.

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