NORMAN — Bill Darwin Harrison was born Dec. 17, 1937, in Ardmore, to William Eby Harrison and Evelyn Jewel Lucas Harrison. He married Nancy Rae Nordstrom on Nov. 17, 1956, in El Reno. They were married 57 years. He died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at his home in Whitewright, Texas, at the age of 76.
Bill attended Norman High School, where he lettered in four sports. While at Norman, he played on the state championship basketball team. His senior year, his family moved to Oklahoma City, where he attended Capital Hill High School and he played on the state championship baseball team. He graduated from Capital Hills High School. After high school, he played for the St. Louis Cardinals baseball farm team. He was a graduate of Oklahoma City University.
Bill was retired from Contel Telephone Company, where he was a marketing manager. He was a life-long golfer and loved playing golf with his sons and grandsons. He was a passionate sports fan and a life-long OU Sooner. He was a member of the Chickasaw Nation. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Whitewright. Bill loved his family. He was greatly loved and will be missed.
He is survived by wife, Nancy Harrison of Whitewright; son, Dean Harrison and wife Tammy; daughter, Terri Mason and husband Steve; son, Danny Harrison and wife Kim; daughter, Hayley Jordan and husband Brad; grandchildren T.J. and Heather Norris, Blake and Callie Harrison, Courtney Mason, Drew Harrison, Taylor Jordan and Ryanne Jordan; great-grandchildren Nick Norris, Noah Norris and Harper Harrison; and sister-in-law, Linda Hopper and husband Randy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Jewel Harrison; brother, Jimmy Harrison; and nephew, Craig Christiansen.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery in Norman. Brad Jordan will officiate the service.
Pallbearers will be Randy Hopper, Dean Harrison, Danny Harrison, Steve Mason, Blake Harrison and Drew Harrison.
Family and friends are invited to the funeral home at their convenience today to pay their respects and sign the register book. The family will receive friends during a visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the First United Methodist Church in Whitewright, Texas.
Arrangements are with Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Whitewright.
An online registry may be signed at tjmfuneral.com.
Norman Transcript, Friday, Jan. 17, 2014
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