James Harrison, 1937-2016

Jim Harrison

The Rev. James David Harrison, 79, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, surrounded by family at the Willard Walker Hospice Home in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He was born June 11, 1937 in Russellville, Arkansas.

Jim was a devoted husband, father and friend. He graduated from Atkins High School. He attended Arkansas Tech University. After graduation, he was an educator and Aetna life insurance adjuster. He was called into the ministry and moved his family to Atlanta, Georgia, where he attended Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He received a Master of Divinity degree and moved back to Arkansas, where he served as a pastor in the North Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church for 30 years and retired from the ministry in 2000. In retirement, he participated in the life of Sequoyah United Methodist Church in Fayetteville.

Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Linda Harrison; his parents, William Louie and Catheryn Harrison; and an infant daughter, Jill Harrison. Survivors include three daughters, Joy L. Jeffery (David) of Rogers, Jana B. Carroll (Jon) of Brinkley and Jamie L. Tenison (Bill) of Fayetteville; six grandchildren, Christian Campbell (Jacob); Taylor Speegle (Jill); Jillian Thompson (Caleb); Justin Carroll; Sara Tenison; and Rachel Tenison; and three great-grandchildren, Harrison Campbell, Finlay Campbell and Ollie Speegle.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Dec. 3 at Sequoyah United Methodist Church Fayetteville. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Jim’s name to: Ozark Mission Project, P.O. Box 26525, Little Rock, Ark. 72221, or at www.ozarkmissionproject.org/donate.