AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Otis Woodard Harrison, of Augusta, died December 4, 2008. He was 85.
The funeral was held Sunday, December 7, 2008, at 2:30 p.m., at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Wheeler Road, Augusta with Rev. John Pinson officiating. Burial followed at Bellevue Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Harrison, a native of Augusta, attended public schools; graduated from Richmond Academy, attended the University of Georgia and graduated from Lumpkin Law School with a L.L.B. Degree in 1950. He was a member of the University of Georgia Debate Team, Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity and Chi Psi Fraternity. He was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday School; Past President of South Augusta Exchange Club; Elks Club of Augusta; past member of Augusta Country Club and Thomson Country Club; he was one of four Founders of Green Meadows Golf Club of Augusta, where he served as Secretary and Director from 1960 until his demise. He was a member of all Georgia Courts and Appellate Courts, U.S. District Court, U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Military Appeals, the Augusta Bar Association, Georgia Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Mr. Harrison entered the U.S. Maritime Service in January 1943 and was commissioned an ensign. He served in the Merchant Marines as Purser and Hospital Corpsman in the Atlantic and Pacific on Liberty and Victory ships. He entered the U.S. Army in 1944 as a Private and rose to the rank of Captain. He served in the 88th Infantry Division in Italy (MTO) during World War II. Recalled to active duty during the Korean Conflict, serving in the 4th Infantry Division and 1st Infantry Division as a Military Police Officer and Assistant Staff Judge Advocate. He was certified to serve and did serve as Law Officer, Trial and Defense Counsel of General Courts Martial in EUCOM. (Germany) Mr. Harrison was a partner in the Law Firm of Harris, Chance, McCracken and Harrison and Harrison and Jolles, retired in 2001, having practiced law in the Augusta area for over 50 years. He traveled (world wide) extensively during his later years.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law: Debra and Rusty Thompson of Hephzibah; sons and daughter-in-law: Otis M. and Karen Harrison of Varnville, S.C., Daniel W. Harrison, Albuquerque, N.M.; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law: Harold W. and Geri Harrison of Palo Alto, Calif., and sister and brother-in-law: Geraldine and George Van Lent, Worthington, Ohio.
Mr. Harrison was preceded in death by his wives: Margarette Williamson Harrison and Mary Alice Hand Harrison.
Honorary pallbearers were Nathan Jolles, Billy Armstrong, Todd Boone, Robert Rowland, Robert Sloan, Jimmy Norris, Edward Oellerich, Charles Russ Holoman, Danny Craig, members of the Augusta Bar Association, Directors of Green Meadows Golf Club and Mitchell Sunday School Class.
Memorials may be made to Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 3185 Wheeler Rd., Augusta, GA 30909