Celebration of Life
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith…henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness… 2 Tim 4:7-8
“A Time to be Born”
Charles Edward Harrison was born on June 23, 1946 to Bruce and Geneva Harrison of Kansas City, Kansas. He was the third of nine children born to this union.
“A Time to Serve”
Charles received his formal education in the Kansas City, Kansas public schools. He attended college briefly before being drafted into the U.S. Army. He fought in the Vietnam War and courageously served his country from 1967 to 1973. He was awarded the Purple Heart after being severely wounded in combat. After returning from Vietnam, Charles spent months in the hospital recovering and learning to walk again.
Charles had an affinity for math and engineering. He completed an electrician apprenticeship through Kansas City Joint Apprenticeship and Training through IBEW Local 124. He was a union electrician for over 30 years! Charles enjoyed sharing stories of his days of working in the industry. He would often point out various buildings throughout the city blessed by his handy work. After retiring, he could not stay away from the trade! He created Harrison Construction, if you needed electrical work, Charles was your guy! He never met an electrical socket he couldn’t fix!
On July 7, 1979, he was united in holy matrimony to his “Baby Cakes” Elizabeth Ann Honeycutt of Humboldt, KS. This loving union was blessed with the blending of Crystal, Byron, Arthur and the births of Candace and Elisa. Charles and Beth were inseparable! Where you saw one “Babe” you saw the other. They could not be away from each other for long! Their marriage of 41 years was a true testament of unconditional love, devotion to God, commitment to each other, and the importance of family.
Charles accepted Christ into his life as a child and joined the Second Baptist Church of Argentine, Kansas, He was baptized on Easter morning by Roy A Reed on April 2nd, 1961. Charles was a devoted and committed member of the Second Baptist Church for over 50 years. While there, he served as the Chairman of the Deacon Board, Leader, Royal Ambassadors, Bible Study Teacher, Co-leader of Marriage Enrichment Classes, and the Brotherhood. In May 2015, Charles became a member of Shiloh Community Church under Pastor Marion Ray, Jr. At Shiloh, Charles enthusiastically served as a Deacon and later became the Chairman on the Deacon Board.
Charles was a patient man with a generous and kind heart. His home was considered a house of refuge. He would lend a helping hand to those in need without expecting anything in return. After he met you once, you were family! Charles was a confidant and mentor to so many youths in the church and community. Did we mention the Saints? He helped mold the Bad News Bears into the winning Saints! He gently poured into many lives by teaching God’s word, driving the church bus, always being willing to listen and assist. Many relied on Uncle Charles or “Bro. Babe” for spiritual and fatherly advice. His was known to share his favorite scripture; Isaiah 40:31, But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount upon wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
“A Time to Fly”
On the morning of January 31,2021, the Lord gently called this solider home. Charles was preceded in death by his loving wife Elizabeth Harrison, parents Bruce and Geneva Harrison, sisters Amenia Taylor- Smith and Patsyanna Easley, and brother Antonuis Hayes.
“A Time to be Remembered”
Charles “Pops” leaves to cherish his memories, three daughters: Crystal Stokes (David), Candace Anderson (Terence), Elisa Harrison, and two sons: Byron McKinney and Arthur Harrison (Armisha). Five sisters: Fidella Mackey, Deonne Brown, Renne Adkins, Markenna Williams, and Brenda Austin Hayes; four brothers: LaRyan Harrison (Carolyn), Robert Harrison (Tanya), Relxford Hayes, and Bartlett Hayes; four sisters in love: Carol Marell (Roosevelt), Cora Lee Smith, Nona Kay Honeycutt, and Mary Davis; four brothers in love: Andrew Honeycutt (D’Ann), Michael Honeycutt (Yvonne), Steve Honeycutt (Renee), and Philip Honeycutt (Gina); six cherished grandchildren: Arthur “AJ” Harrison Jr., Madison Reddick, James “Jay “Reddick III, Jawuan Manning, Trent Anderson, and Tere’sha Anderson, one great-granddaughter, Khloe Mathis, and a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.
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