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Charles Robert Harrison
  • April 19, 1928
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  • April 24, 2011

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Harrison, Charles Robert- Robert Harrison passed away on April 24, 2011 at Oceanview Nursing Home. Robert was born April 19, 1928 in Shreveport, LA, to his beloved parents, Bessie Faye (Kelly) and Clyde Harrison. He served in the Marine Corp. from 1946-1949, and graduated from Northwestern University in 1956. Job opportunities took him to Ohio, where he met and married the love of his life, Doris I. Dewey, and raised  three daughters. In 1972 he moved his family to Sanford, Fl, joining several other relatives on both sides of the family in making Florida their home. One of his proudest jobs ever was in Sanford, being in on the exciting inception of Auto Train, where he worked for several years. In the early 80's he and Doris achieved their dream of moving to their beloved New Smyrna Beach. Robert loved the  beach, fishing, working in the yard and spending time with family and friends. He loved John Wayne movies, Elvis, Hank Williams and "Lonesome Dove".  Spritual endevors were a big part of his later life, along with the Bible he treasured and benefited greatly from the works of Wayne Dyer and Paramahansa Yoganada. These were especially helpful in times of tragedy, as he cared for his wife through her death from cancer in 1989, and then cared for his mother when she developed Alzhiemers and passed away in 2002.  Robert faced his greatest challenge when his health  began to fail and he was, in succession, treated for Alzhiemers, Parkinson's and finally cancer himself.  With the support of his family and faith, he faced his devastating illnesses with perseverence, graciousness, gratitude, and always a sense of humor.  In finding love to be the greatest treasure and asset in life, he successfully completed the lessons and trials of this lifetime and has moved on to the next, with his heart brightened, lightened and open.  He leaves behind to cherish him in memory, daughters, Michele Hekkel (Mike), Elizabeth Harrison, Roberta Annett (Bruce) and grandchildren, Megan McCormick, Morgan Hekkel, Dustin and Joshua Annett, and many beloved cousins and neighbors. No service will be held at Roberts wishes, pay your respects to the sunrise, go fishing or watch "Lonesome Dove".     Condolences may be shared with the family at www.baldwinCremation.com. In leiu of other remembrances the family suggests donations be made to any Parkinson's, Alzhiemers or Cancer foundation.

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  1. 01 May 2011
    Robbie, Liz, Michelle says:
    So full of emotions, your family meant so much to me growing up. Each of you were such a big part my youth. I don't think it is possible to go to NSB without remembering sometime with one of you, your dad, mom or Mama. You all always gave each other and everyone in need so much support. Lean on each other now, cherish the memories and share your sorrow. You will always be in my thoughts, I wish each of you whatever will ease your loss.
    Love to you all

  2. 01 May 2011
    Robbie, Liz, Michelle says:
    So full of emotions, your family meant so much to me growing up. Each of you were such a big part my youth. I don't think it is possible to go to NSB without remembering sometime with one of you, your dad, mom or Mama. You all always gave each other and everyone in need so much support. Lean on each other now, cherish the memories and share your sorrow. You will always be in my thoughts, I wish each of you whatever will ease your loss.
    Love to you all

  3. 29 Apr 2011
    Teresa Vincent Sullivan says:
    Robbie: Liz: Shelley:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad was a wonderful dear man and I treasure many great memories of growing up as an extended member of your family. He was blessed to have a wonderful, loving family. May you all find peace and comfort in the days ahead. You are all in my prayers.

  4. 29 Apr 2011
    dianne jacobsen says:
    i did not know you, but I know one of your daughter's, Robbie, and I know you did a wonderful job raising her, so I know you are a good father,a good man, and God did not want to see you suffer anymore, so he called you home. May you find peace and happiness, and I look forward to meeting you one day.

  5. 29 Apr 2011
    Robbie Annett says:
    Something so simple like putting on your own shirt
    Standing up and sitting down
    There’s nothing that doesn’t hurt
    You still know we are family, but may not call us by name
    I can tell its fading, sometimes I have to look away.
    Your your last days came and went, your angel arrived here
    They said it was coming, the end was near
    But the sound was muffled through my tears.
    Can barely stand the thought of not having you here
    Then again this isn’t about me, and that's not really you inside of there.
    You have embraced the world, accepted God and your fate
    At 6:35pm on April 24th , you simply closed your eyes , went to sleep
    And woke up at Heaven's Gate
    We love you Daddy

  6. 28 Apr 2011
    Liz Harrison says:
    You done good Daddy. We're proud of you and miss you very much.

  7. 28 Apr 2011
    Somebody posted an image:
    Robert and Bessie
    Robert and Bessie

  8. 28 Apr 2011
    Somebody posted an image:
    MJ and Grandpa
    MJ and Grandpa

  9. 28 Apr 2011
    Somebody posted an image:
    Dad&Josh
    Dad&Josh

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