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 Robert Calvin “Bob” Harrison

Robert Calvin “Bob” Harrison

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Death 25 Oct 2017 (aged 74)
Burial Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama, USA
Memorial ID 184669841 · View Source
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Robert Calvin "Bob" Harrison was born March 8, 1943 in Little Rock, Arkansas to proud parents Robert Lee and Zerita Muldrow Harrison, both now deceased. Though an only child, he was reared in a loving extended family of grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and neighbors. He grew up in and under the guidance of the Bethel A.M.E. Church in North Little Rock. His early formal schooling was completed in the Little Rock and North Little Rock schools, including graduation from Scipio A. Jones High School in 1961. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology & Natural Science from Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas in May 1965. During his college days, he was a field worker for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNNC). After completing college, Bob began his career at Reynolds Aluminum Company in Bauxite, Arkansas. He married his high school sweetheart in 1966 and the two began their married life in the San Francisco Bay area while Bob worked at the Lockheed Missiles plant in Sunnyvale, California. They relocated to Huntsville, AL in 1968 when Bob worked as a Human Factors Engineer at the Matrix Company. He began his entrepreneurial debut shortly afterwards, participating in several business ventures, including the establishment of the Bob Harrison Ford and Lincoln Mercury Dealership in Fayetteville, Tennessee which earned him the rank of the 64th largest black owned corporation in America. He later became a registered Broker on the New York Stock Exchange with Merrill Lynch. In 1988, he co-owned and created the USA Consulting & Land Development Inc., a venture that provided services in residential and commercial real estate developments, including asset management and leasing. It afforded him an opportunity to meet and engage with many people in the community. A long-time civil rights activist and community volunteer in the Huntsville-Madison County community, Robert Harrison was elected Madison County Commissioner for District Six in Huntsville, Alabama on November 2, 2004. His District represented approximately 56,000 people residing in the north central section of Huntsville/Madison County, Alabama. He was re-elected to that position in November, 2008, 2012 and had begun serving a fourth term as of November, 2016. In his quest to make his community a better place, Bob rarely said no to requests to participate in local civic, educational, religious, and political activities and causes. He was a very effective community organizer, a proactive champion for the causes he supported, a life-long learner and a born leader. He was the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, such as The Whitney M. Young Public Service Award, member of Association of County Commissioners of Alabama (ACCA), Alabama Black Caucus-LEO, ICSC; member National Association of County Officials (NACO), and served on that organization's Justice and Public Safety Committee. In September 2010, as a board member of NACO, he met with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and South Carolina Congressman James Clyburn, former Majority Whip of the House to discuss issues facing the African American community. Other accomplishments included becoming the first Madison County Commissioner to complete all of the requirements of the Alabama Local Government Training Institute; serving as Chair of the first Parents Group for Concerned Citizens and filed a lawsuit against the Department of Education; graduating from Huntsville's first FBI Citizens Academy; was the first Commissioner to implement a competitive procurement process, resulting in the savings of thousands of dollars. Commissioner Harrison was a graduate of the 2010 Leadership Huntsville Class 23. As an advocate for education, Commissioner Harrison established a myriad of social service programs to meet the needs of his constituency. Programs such as the Northwest Community Learning Center, an after school tutoring and mentoring program, and the Former Offenders Changed for Unconditional Success (FOCUS), actively assisted ex-felons and their transition back into society after incarceration. Bob took pride in maintaining Project Harvest, where fresh garden produce is planted and harvested for the poor, elderly, and homebound. Another milestone was the Circle Project, an onsite school prevention and intervention program that assisted school aged children and their families with whatever issues they were facing. A Stop the Violence Rally orchestrated by Commissioner Harrison was heralded as one of the most successful anti-violence campaign and rally in the state of Alabama. In February 2013, construction was completed on the Robert "Bob" Harrison Senior Wellness and Advocacy Center, a beautiful $7 million dollar, 20,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility, located in the Cedar Point Community in Northwest Huntsville. Completion of this project was part of Commissioner Harrison's efforts to continue an economic and re-branding strategy for Northwest Huntsville. It has become a noteworthy symbol of Commissioner Harrison's legacy of service to Huntsville and Madison County, Alabama. Today we celebrate the home going of Robert "Bob" Harrison whose earthly journey ended on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. We believe that the world has lost another drum major for peace, justice and equality. We are equally sure that God in his infinite wisdom, power and might now has our dear beloved one in the palm of His almighty hands. Thus, he is in excellent hands. Hallelujah! Bob leaves to cherish his memory: a devoted wife of 51 years, Doctor Izora White Harrison; two children: daughter Lynda Ivette Harrison Gaines and husband Edward Gaines, of Madison, AL and son Michael Robert and wife Chandra Renée Harrison of Atlanta, Georgia; six grandchildren: Amberly Brooke, Ashlyn Synclaire, Tiffany Annette, Tanisha Celeste, Harrison Edward Gaines and Hannah Mackenzie Harrison; Mothers-in-law, Wilma Lyles Anderson of Little Rock, Arkansas and Yvonne Westbrook White of Richmond, California; two sisters-in-law: Laverne Clark and Deborah Anderson of Little Rock, Arkansas; one brother-in-law, Sean Edward White of Richmond, California; beloved aunts Minnie Muldrow Johnson and Lucy Muldrow of North Little Rock, Arkansas; special beloved sisters and brothers with a Little Rock, Arkansas connection: Rita Nunn-Jones, Joseph Nunn, Jr. (Myrtle), Dr. Gary P. Nunn (Rose) and Melba Collins (Gordon); and a host of nieces, nephews, truly beloved first cousins, other relatives– blood-sent and adopted, and wonderful and caring friends. In memory of Commissioner Robert "Bob" Harrison, donations to benefit
The Bob Harrison Senior Wellness & Advocacy Center can be made
at the Harrison Center or District Six office. Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at Progressive Union Missionary Baptist Church (1919 Brandontown Road, Huntsville, AL 35816) with Dr. Wayne P. Snodgrass officiating. Interment will be in Valhalla Memory Gardens. Commissioner Harrison will lie in repose two hours prior to funeral time. The Harrison family will receive guests from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at the Royal Chapel of Memories. Public viewing will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., Monday, October 30, 2017 and 8:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at the Royal Funeral Home.


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  • Created by: R.C. Troup
  • Added: 27 Oct 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 184669841
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Calvin “Bob” Harrison (8 Mar 1943–25 Oct 2017), Find A Grave Memorial no. 184669841, citing Valhalla Memory Gardens, Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama, USA ; Maintained by R.C. Troup (contributor 48774833) .