The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

October 4, 2012

Thomas Harrison

Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — Thomas Harrison passed away on Sept. 22, 2012 in Tyler, Texas at the age of 72. Thomas was the only child born to Clarence and Edwina (Wedin) Harrison on June 4, 1940 in Palestine, Texas. He attended Palestine High School and Lee Junior College.

Thomas resided near Gorman, Texas where he was active in the community over four decades. He was co-owner and president of A.O. Easley Trucks. Thomas was a member of Walston Springs Baptist Church since childhood, but worshiped with his family at the First United Methodist Church of Gorman most of his adult life. It was at Gorman UMC where he previously served as youth director and youth Sunday school teacher. He was currently seated as chairperson to the board of trustees for the church.

He previously served as Gorman High School Senior Class sponsor on multiple occasions, the Gorman City Council and past officer for the Gorman Chamber of Commerce. Thomas was a 32nd Degree York Rite Mason. He was active in the Masonic Lodges at both Gorman and De Leon. He helped organize and served as president for the Post Oak Gun Club. Thomas went on to co-found the 2nd Texas Frontier SCV Camp No. 1904 in De Leon and, passionately, served as the Camp’s only Commander until the time of his death.  He also served on the state level as SCV 2nd Lieutenant Commander for the 7th Brigade-Texas Division.

Thomas was a beloved family man that enjoyed spending time hunting, camping, fishing, shooting, gardening and leather work.  He also had interests in genealogy, history and politics.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Betty (Easley); his son, Rhett and wife, Tessa, of Stephenville; grandson, Thomas Robert; and mother-in-law, Irene Easley, of Gorman.

Thomas was devout in his Christian faith. He was a man of extreme dedication, conviction and virtue. He was known as a person of action and led his life by example. Thomas’ greatest characteristic was that he not only knew his principles; he fought for them.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7 at the First Methodist Church in Gorman. There will be a musket and cannon salute immediately following the service. Thomas was laid to rest on his ranch near Gorman in a private family ceremony. No graveside services will be conducted.

In lieu of flowers please send memorial contributions to: SCV Camp No. 1904, P.O. Box 41, Gorman, Texas 76454 or First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 127, Gorman, Texas 76454.