Calvin Wayne Harrison, 74, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 23, at Cedar Plantation Senior Living in Metter. He was born March 15, 1946 in Jesup. Calvin grew up in Hazlehurst and graduated from Jeff Davis High School in 1964. After high school, he attended Mississippi State University where he played football and earned a degree in Political Science. After graduating from college, Calvin began work in Atlanta with John Deere and Company in their Lawn and Garden Division.
Calvin and Debbie married in 1973, and they called Montgomery, Ala., home for three years. Soon, they decided that Hazlehurst was where they needed to be, so they moved home in 1976, and Calvin started a business of his own, known as Calvin’s Sports Corner, which he operated until 1984. In 1985, he began teaching at Jeff Davis High School where he taught predominately Government and Economics and coached football and tennis. Calvin retired from Jeff Davis County High School after 27 1/2 years.
Calvin is survived by his wife, Debbie, and their three sons, Cole and his wife, Gena; Vince and his wife, Danielle, and Garrett and his wife, Lee Ann. He was blessed with nine grandchildren: Adrianna, Presley, Jude, McLean, Sadie Katherine, Calier, Caleb, Elsie Lee, and Lane. Calvin is also survived by two sisters, Beth Harrison Hand and her husband Johnny, and Patricia Harrison Rappold, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Calvin is preceded in death by his parents, Charlie Claude Harrison Sr. and Laree McLean Harrison; his sisters, Ann Harrison Pearson and Faith Harrison Smiley; and his brother, Charlie Claude Harrison Jr.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to every person at Cedar Plantation Senior Living and Regency Southern Care Hospice. The dedication of these two groups to provide quality care in a loving environment has been a heartwarming blessing to our entire family. We thank God for the gift of Calvin’s life, for the blessing of the time we spent with him, and for the honor of crossing paths with all of his precious caregivers.
A memorial service honoring Calvin will be held Saturday, Jan. 30, at 11 a.m. at Hazlehurst City Cemetery. The Rev. Bobby Gale will officiate along with Mrs. Karen Chapman, Director of Cedar Plantation Senior Living. Memorial contributions may be made to your local church, a charity dear to your heart, or the following ministry, which is special to our family – Unto the Least of His ministry – online http://www.totheleast.com/wordpress/donate. Mail to: Unto the Least of His, P.O. Box 15874, 5613 LaRoche Ave., Savannah, GA 31406.
Wainwright-Parlor Funeral Home of Hazlehurst was in charge of arrangements.