Jesse Harrison, 94, of Wentzville, Missouri, formerly of Crossett, passed away on September 10, 2014.
Mr. Harrison was a 1939 graduate of Crossett High School where he played baseball and basketball. He received a basketball scholarship to Ouachita Baptist University.
He joined the Navy in 1941 as a member of the Navy Seabees and was stationed in Guadalcanal. After returning from Guadalcanal, he made the Seabees baseball team where he played until he was honorably discharged in 1944. Upon returning to Crossett, Mr. Harrison continued to play for the Crossett Millers until he signed with the Chicago White Sox. After a brief stint with the White Sox, Mr. Harrison returned to Crossett to be with his family and continued to play baseball with various semi-pro teams in the area.
Mr. Harrison was a general foreman and project manager/coordinator for the general services department for The Crossett Company and later Georgia Pacific. He retired from Georgia Pacific in 1984 as a Master Craft Mechanic.
After retirement, Mr. Harrison continued to operate a commercial sign painting business.
He was inducted in to the Ashley County Sports Hall of Fame in 1993, was an avid fisherman and quail hunter and was a member of First Baptist Church of Crossett.
Mr. Harrison was born on December 4, 1919 in Fordyce and was the son of the late Lee G. and Grace Pennington Harrison.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Harrison was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Martha Lane; a son, Kenneth Lane; his twin sister, Bessie McFarland and three brothers, Roy, G.W. and Carl Douglas.
Survivors include his grandson, Chris Harrison (Natalie); three great-grandchildren, Conner, Alicia and Madelyn, of Wentzville, Missouri; a brother-in-law, James Robbins of Covington, Tennessee; two nieces, Karla Hornsby (Rick) of Millington, Tennessee and Patricia Funk (John) of Alpharetta, Georgia; two nephews, James Harrison (Rosalyn) of Crossett and James Robbins (Betty) of Cumming, Georgia.
Graveside services will be held September 17 at 10 a.m. at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett