In Memory

Ricky Don Harrison

Ricky Don Harrison

Ricky Don Harrison
December 4, 1952 - June 18, 2021

Mr. Ricky Don “Slick” Harrison, age 68 of Gilmer, passed away on Friday, June 18, 2021 in Tyler. Rick was born in Dallas on December 4, 1952 to the late Bobby Joe Harrison and Lola Onita Evans Harrison. Rick attended and graduated from THE Grand Prairie High School, where he was a four-year varsity baseball and football player, and was a High School All-American at Linebacker. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 36 years of dedicated service, and then worked as a Land Man for R.O.W. Management for eleven years. Rick was a member of Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler. In his personal time, he loved playing poker with his sons, watching his Dallas Cowboys, and golfing. Rick had a true servant’s heart and found fulfillment doing-for-others, in deed or time spent listening and sharing in conversation. He is preceded in death by his parents; and his beloved wife, Betty Harrison in 2018. He is survived by sons; Jason Harrison of Liberty City, Jeremy Harrison and wife Jennie of Winnsboro, Joshua Harrison and wife Amanda of Longview, Joseph Harrison and wife Jessica of Gilmer; brothers, Mike Harrison and wife Linda of Grand Prairie, Jim Harrison of Arlington; eleven grandchildren, Madison Harrison, Mason Harrison, Macon Harrison, Maliyah Harrison, Halle Harrison, Hillary Harrison, Hensley Harrison, Whitney Lacy and husband Ryan, Brayden Harrison, Baylee Youngblood, Oaklie Harrison; two great-granddaughters, Olivia Lacy and Heidi Lacy. A Celebration of Rick’s life will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 in the chapel of Croley Funeral Home of Gilmer; Bro. Donnie Chamberlain and Bro. Bryan Grant officiating. Interment will follow at Hopewell Cemetery in Upshur County; with Jason Harrison, Jeremy Harrison, Joshua Harrison, Joseph Harrison; Macon Harrison, Mason Harrison, and Braden Harrison serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends on Monday, June 21, 2021 from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at Croley Funeral Home of Gilmer.

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06/20/21 08:46 PM #3    

David Pecor

Sorry to hear about Rick's passing.  He was a great teammate and buddy from the 7th grade on; tough on the field, but, with a great sense of humor.  I rode to many practices and games with he and Steve Saunders...now both are gone. Memories made long ago, but, still fresh on the mind.        RIP, Rick.


06/21/21 07:38 AM #4    

Linda Burket

So sad to lose yet another great classmate.  So grateful the reunion committee reconsidered to have our 50th reunion this year.  I'm looking forward to seeing my friends and sad Rick will not be there.


06/21/21 10:40 AM #5    

Kay Vaughn

So sorry to hear that Ricky has passed away.  I loved seeing him at our 40th reunion.  Blessings to his children and family.  We will miss you Ricky


06/21/21 01:21 PM #6    

Phil Bailey

Deeply saddened to see/hear of Ricky's passing! Such a great man who left his legacy on many people!!  Was looking forward to possibly seeing him at our 50th but now we will be cheated of the pleasure of reconnecting. May The Lord Bless you and keep you in His care. May your family find grace, peace & comfort in the days ahead! May you RIP Ricky!   

 


06/22/21 08:45 AM #7    

Jan Waggoner (Herwick)

So very sad to hear of Ricky's passing.  He had such a great heart and soul.  He played tough, but spoke softly.  RIP my friend. Will miss you at our 50th.  


06/22/21 04:12 PM #8    

Vivian Payne (Saunders)

My heart is so heavy with Ricky's passing.He had been a friend since my Junior year. He was my first real date. We have continued being friends through the years. After Steve's passing he would always check on me and I did the same after the passing of his wife. He was a great man, but a kid at heart.Always laughing,joking and cutting up. I will miss talking to you Ricky. Give Steve a big hug for me, and hope you and he have a joyous reunion.RIP dear friend.

06/24/21 01:29 PM #9    

Shelley Click (Powell)

SO SAD TO HEAR OF RICKY'S PASSING. HE WAS ONE OF THE SWEETEST GUYS EVER. I CAN'T REMEMBER EXACTLY WHICH HOMECOMING HE ASKED ME TO GO WITH HIM TOO, BUT HIS MOUTH WAS WIRED SHUT FROM AN INJURY DURING A GAME. MAYBE ONE OF THE FOOTBALL GUYS KNOWS WHAT YEAR THAT WAS. LOTS OF GREAT MEMORIES. LOVE AND CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY.

06/25/21 10:44 AM #10    

Sheri Griffin (Munsch)

You left us much too soon Ricky.  You were such a nice friend to have in high school.  Always smiling and quick to laugh at any of our silly jokes.  I once told Russ what a sweet guy you were.  He was quick to say you were not a sweet guy on the football field.  I think you must have taught that sophomore a few lessons about playing with the seniors.  I'm sure he welcomed you home.


06/25/21 05:11 PM #11    

E. Paul May III

E. Paul May III 

Rick will be missed. He was a great man and he was loved and respected by all of his classmates at GPHS. He was one of a kind and truly a blessing to know. RIP my friend. 

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06/27/21 03:58 PM #12    

Marty Beebe (Faulkner)

Ricky will be missed but always remembered.  As a new student to GPISD,I remember Ricky was one of the first to reach out and become my friend.  Being kind and humble and willing to help anyone, unless it was for English homework, is how I remember him. LOL!  It is evident he was loved by all who knew him.  Rest in peace, my sweet friend.


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