The Obit For Babe Harrison

Charles C. Harrison

Published in the Public Opinion from 8/27/2009 - 8/29/2009

Charles C. "Babe" Harrison, 93, formerly of St. Thomas, and a resident of Menno Haven Nursing Home, died at 11:15 PM on Tuesday, August 25, 2009.

Born June 2, 1916 in St. Thomas, Pa., he was the son of the late George and Nellie (Ault) Harrison. Mr. Harrison spent his life as an active member of the St. Thomas Community.

He and his late wife Jane (Foreman) Harrison were married January 1, 1943. Jane died on March 12, 1995.

Surviving are son, Jeffry C. Harrison and friend Brenda Brown of Waynesboro, PA, a sister, Lois Harrison, St. Thomas, PA, grandson, Jason C. (husband of Jena) Harrison and their children, Aleah and Brinley of Duncannon, PA and granddaughter Julie C. (Mrs. Michael) Sullivan and their children Mallory and Mikaela of Amherst, NH., as well as nephew Charles Harrison (husband of Karen), El Dorado Hills, CA., and niece Sarah Harrison of Green Cove Springs, FL.

Prior to WWII, Mr. Harrison attended Gettysburg College and played semi-pro baseball for Gloverville, NY. He served in the U.S .Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945. He helped organize American Legion Baseball in the local area and served for 25 years as president of the Franklin County American Legion Baseball League. In 1974 he was inducted into the Pennsylvania American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1998 he was inducted into the St. Thomas High School Hall of Fame, established to recognize outstanding former students and faculty of the St. Thomas schools.

"Babe's" civic activities include: commander of Post 612, St. Thomas American Legion; commander of the 22nd District American Legion, and central vice commander, American Legion. He served two terms as a district justice, and helped organize and build the St. Thomas Volunteer Fire Company. A three term president of the St. Thomas Ruritan Club, he was recipient of the Tom Downing Award, the highest honor in Ruritan. He served two terms on the St. Thomas School Board and was secretary of the Franklin County Vocational-Technical School when it was established. He was a trustee of the United Methodist Church of St. Thomas for 25 years.

From 1954 to 1982 he and his late wife, Jane, operated Harrison's Oasis Restaurant, located on US Route 30 between St. Thomas and Chambersburg.

Funeral services will be Monday August 31st at 11:00 AM at the United Methodist church of St. Thomas with the Rev. Paul Crawford officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in St. Thomas Cemetery. Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home, Ltd., of St. Thomas will be conducting the services.