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In Memoriam

Herman Harrison ---  December 17, 1944 – December 25, 2020

A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Herman Harrison and his beloved wife, Barbie, have lived in Toledo since 1972. On December 25, 2020, Herman died in the arms of his wife and surrounded by their children.

The son of Reverend Andrew C. and Vera Harrison, Herman was preceded in death by both parents and his sister, Mattie (Howard) Spiller.

Herman earned his bachelor of arts degree in Biological Science and Chemistry at Grambling State University in 1969. After graduation, he taught for several years in the Mansfield and Caddo Parish School Systems. He worked at Libbey Owens Ford Glass Company as a research chemist and was transferred to Toledo in 1972.

Herman worked with LOF for 13 years before joining BASF Corporation. He led the Electro-Coat Paint Division and was later transferred to Detroit as a Marketing and Technical Sales Representative before retiring in 2006.

In 1975, Herman was ordained as a deacon at Macedonia Baptist Church by Pastor Elijah S. Hicklin and provided leadership in various church ministries. He and Barbie would enroll in the masters of Divinity Program at Winebrenner Theological Seminary in Findlay, Ohio.

Almost 40 years after being ordained as a church deacon at Macedonia, Herman finally took the plunge on Sunday December 14, 2014 and began the next chapter of his life – preaching. His inaugural sermon at his then church, third Baptist, was inspired by one of his favorite passages, the 23rd Psalm and its critical phrase – “though I walk through the shadow of the valley of death, I will fear no evil.”

There are two types of valleys, he explained. One is the physical, while the other is the emotional – the low place in life caused by loneliness, despair, depression. Those are the places, said the first-time preacher, where one need not be alone.

“When you walk through the valley, take the Lord with you,” he advised his listeners. “He doesn’t want you to be alone. He knows all about your problems. He knows about all of your problems. He knows about your valleys. Put your trust in Him.”

Herman and Barbie shared three children – Brian, Marcus and Kristan. Herman was a devoted husband, father and grandfather – he was a supportive friend to many. He is survived also by brothers Cornelius (Neal) Harrison, Charner (Annie) Harrison, Joseph (Sally) Harrison, Johnny Ray Harrison; seven grandchildren – Darre, Isiah, Tavion, Addie, Phillip, Marcus II and Andrew, along with numerous loving nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends everywhere in the country.

Virtual services were held at the House of Day Funeral Service on Saturday, January 2, 2021



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