2017-05-04 / Obituaries


Willie Mae Harrison, 90, of Grove Hill died April 27, 2017 at Fellowship Home in Valdosta, Ga.

She was born Sept. 20, 1926 in the Chilton community to Ellis and Nellie White and raised by her grandparents, Charlie and Vicy White.

Upon graduation from Clarke County High School she worked at the Mobile Shipyard as a riveter, building ships during World War II. After the war, she married her community sweetheart, Bealie Harrison upon his return from his military service. Willie Mae was always content as wife and mother, helping her family and neighbors. She loved her flowers, sharing the bounty of their vegetable garden and fishing in her catfish pond. She was a faithful helper on the farm and in Chilton Baptist Church. She cared for her grandfather in his last years as he lived with her family.

During their 40 years in the ministry, she was a constant help mate, singing in the church choir and the family quartet, serving in the women’s groups or ministering quietly at her kitchen table. She could fill a table with delicious food on short notice and her gift of hospitality was always felt in their home. Even in her struggle with Alzheimers, she never lost her sweet spirit.

Survivors include her daughter, Ann ( Jimmy) Whatley, Valdosta, Ga.; son, Eric (Sonya) Harrison, Mobile; daughter-in-law, Cheryl H. Wright, Grove Hill; grandchildren, Rita H. Williams, Arkansas, Keith (Mike Dorris) Harrison, Birmingham, Darla H. (Chris) Burbank, Vestavia, Wendy W. (Francois) Fineberg, Dadeville, Wesley Whatley, New York City, Jennifer Harrison and Lance Harrison, Mobile and five great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Leona H. Hutto, Grove Hill.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Rev. Bealie Harrison, parents, grandparents, three children, Rita, Rebecca and Eddie Harrison, brother, Elvin White (Kitty), and beloved sisters/brothers in-law, aunts and uncles.

The service was May 1 at 11 a.m. at O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home with Revs. Leon Harrison and William Gibbons officiating. Burial was in the Smith Cemetery in the Chilton community.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that gifts be made to the Chilton Baptist Church, 6365 Chilton Road, Grove Hill, AL 36451.

The family would like to express our love and appreciation to the caregivers of Fellowship Home for their unselfish, dedicated care to both our parents.

Condolences may be offered at www.obryantchapelfh.com.

O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home of Thomasville directed. (16-1tp)

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