James S. Harrison

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Memorial services for James S. "Jim" Harrison, 69, of Tyler, are scheduled for 2:00 pm Monday, February 5, at Christ Episcopal Church, 118 South Bois d'Arc, with the Rev. David Luckenbach officiating.

Known to his many friends and family as "Jim" or "Jimmy", and to his adoring grandchildren as "Bubba", he entered the nearer presence of God on January 30, surrounded by his immediate family. Jim never met a stranger and greeted everyone with a warm smile.

Jim was the son of C. B. "Sonny" Harrison and Janie Harrison. He was born in Dallas, Texas, on August 2, 1948.

Jim married the love of his life, Lynda Robbins, in 1968. They enjoyed nearly fifty years of married bliss together and were blessed with two children and six grandchildren.

Jim graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1966, attended Tyler Junior College, and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1970. Jim was an independent petroleum landman for over forty-five years. He was past president of the East Texas Association of Petroleum Landmen (ETAPL) and was the recipient of the Brantley Jackson Award for outstanding landman. During his career he was a mentor to many aspiring landmen, and he organized and participated in educational activities for the ETAPL. He was widely known for his honest, ethical approach. Many people in the industry recognized his expertise and called on him for advice. Because of his gregarious personality, he was blessed with many friends.

Jim was a committed Christian who served his church and everyone he encountered. Later in life he attended the Anglican School of Theology in Dallas to study the Gospel and advance his ministry. He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church for more than forty years, served on its vestry, and was active in many of its ministries. He was a passionate volunteer for Meals on Wheels.

Many of Jim's other activities centered around his family. He served on the board of All Saints Episcopal School in the mid-1980s and was instrumental in establishing the school's campus on West Loop 323. He joyfully served in a variety of other roles including Cub Scout leader and youth sports coach. Jim was an avid golfer and enjoyed watching Texas Longhorn sports. He bled burnt orange, which he claimed he inherited from his father Sonny.

Jim is survived by his loving wife, Lynda Robbins Harrison; son, Steven Harrison and wife Jenny of Cedar Park; son, Matthew Harrison and wife Ashley of Tyler; grandchildren Mia, Harper, Blayke, Alexis, Aubrey, and Michael; sister, Jan Hughes and husband Bob of Ft. Myers, Florida; brother, Buff Harrison and wife Kate of Salado.

The family would like to thank the Hospice of East Texas, Dr. Royal Becker, Dr. Donald Richards, and Dr. Frank Ward. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Meals on Wheels of Tyler, 3001 Robertson, Tyler, 75701 or Christ Episcopal Church, 118 South Bois d'Arc, Tyler, 75702

Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Feb. 3, 2018
Arrangements under the direction of:
Lloyd James Funeral Home
1011 East First Street | Tyler, TX 757013308 | (903) 597-6611
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