George W. Harrison

Published 3:28 pm Tuesday, May 5, 2009

He was born August 2, 1923 in Atlanta, Ga., son of George W. Harrison and Edna Hayes Foy Harrison.&bsp; He was a graduate of Darlington School, Rome, Ga., and Emory University, Atlanta.

A veteran of World War II, he served in the 29th Infantry Division as an anti-tank gunner.&bsp; He landed at Omaha Beach during the Allied invasion of France and was in the Battle of the Bulge and the siege of St. Lo.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Molly Griffin Harrison, daughters Edna Hayes Harrison of St. Louis, Mo., and Sarah Georgia Harrison of Athens, Ga.

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His career was with the U.S. Dept of Agriculture. For the last 20 years of service, he was chief of the Memphis area office of the Agricultural Marketing Service. Retirement&bsp; to the Tryon area followed in 1988.

He was an avid fox hunter, animal lover and Georgia Bulldog football fan. He was a true southern gentleman.

Memorials may be made to the Smith-Phayer Hospice House or the Foothills Humane Society.

The home will be open to his friends for a remembrance of his life on Thursday, May 14 from 5-7 p.m.

Condolences may be left at

Petty Funeral Home & Crematory, Landrum, is in charge of arrangements.