Eddie Earl Harrison

Eddie Earl Harrison

Birth
Death 6 Nov 2020 (aged 89)
Burial Brenham, Washington County, Texas, USA
Plot Section 3, Range 4
Memorial ID 218627889 · View Source
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A Buffalo Soldier, former City of Brenham Municipal Court Judge, and preserver of history and heritage has died.

Eddie Harrison
Eddie Harrison passed away this (Friday) morning from complications with pneumonia.

Harrison retired at the rank of colonel after 34 years in the U.S. Army, and served 16 years as a municipal court judge in Brenham.

Harrison played a crucial role in the rehabilitation and historical designation of the Camptown Cemetery near Mt. Rose Missionary Baptist Church. The burial site began as a slave cemetery, but later received Civil War veterans and Buffalo Soldiers. He also conducted educational programs on Buffalo Soldiers at numerous public venues around the Brazos Valley.

Harrison served as a county extension agent, state farm specialist, and USDA livestock specialist. He was a member of the Brenham Activist Association, and served as board chairman of the Washington County Community Development Credit Union. He also served as a board member of the Texas Center for African American Living History, and was a member of the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum in Houston. In addition, he was an active member of Mt. Rose Missionary Baptist Church, serving on the organization’s board of deacons, board of trustees, and the book committee.

Harrison received numerous civic awards for public service, including the Washington County Chamber of Commerce’s “Man of the Year” award.

Dr. John Harris, pastor at Mt. Rose Missionary Baptist Church, provided a statement on Harrison's passing:

Today, it is with saddened hearts that the Mount Rose Missionary Baptist Church Family acknowledges the death of a beloved brother in Christ, Deacon Eddie Earl Harrison. He will be missed for his godly leadership in our congregation and in this community as a whole. His memory will live on in the lives he touched, the wisdom he shared, and the positive changes he created everywhere he served. This husband, father, colonel, agriculture expert, judge, community activist, encyclopedic mind, and most of all friend, will have a place in our hearts forever.

Reverend Randy Wells said Harrison had a “heart of service” and was a “pioneer,” adding he was responsible for many young people advancing their lives. He said this is “a great loss for our community and our country.”

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  • Created by: Miles to Go
  • Added: 15 Nov 2020
  • Find a Grave Memorial 218627889
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Eddie Earl Harrison (15 Nov 1930–6 Nov 2020), Find a Grave Memorial no. 218627889, citing Prairie Lea Cemetery, Brenham, Washington County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Miles to Go (contributor 50338167) .