Robert Lee Harrison

Sunrise: June 27, 1930

Sunset: March 20, 2021

Robert Lee Harrison

And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise” and on this day, Saturday, March 20, 2021, Robert L. Harrison, devoted husband, beloved father and grandfather, received the highest honor and the call of the faithful to join the kingdom of His Savior, Jesus Christ.

He was born June 27, 1930 to the late George and Elizabeth (Hall) Harrison in Danville, Virginia, the second of seven children. He was educated in the Danville Public Schools system including Southside High School. He gave his life to Christ at an early age and attended his family’s church, Prospect Baptist, in Danville, Virginia. He married Lizora Shavers also from Danville, Virginia, in 1952 and out of this union four children were born.

Robert Lee joined the U.S. Navy in 1952 and was stationed at the world’s largest naval base in Norfolk, Virginia. He was a marine machinist and worked in the ship’s engine room. He retired after almost 20 years of service in 1971 as a First-Class Petty Officer. While in the Navy he learned and enjoyed being a barber to the sailors aboard ship. After retiring from the Navy, he worked at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia, as a machinist mate for 15 years. He realized he had a talent for cutting hair and worked as a barber at the shipyard and retired there in 2015. He also dedicated his time by giving free haircuts for those in needs and to church members. In addition to cutting hair, Robert Lee enjoyed fishing, deer hunting, crabbing, golfing, and gardening.

Robert Lee was a kind, quiet, generous, self-less, stoic, spiritual, and a “gentle” man. He was a good listener and read the Bible religiously. He blessed us all with his prayers and his opinions on politics. He shared his love of gardening and fishing with family, neighbors, church members, and co-workers.

He was a faithful member of Mount Olive Baptist Church in Norfolk, where he was a deacon, sung in the choir, and an active participant with the food bank ministry. Prior to joining Mount Olive, he was a dedicated member of First Church of Christ Holiness USA in Norfolk, where he served faithfully as deacon, trustee and along with his wife volunteered to operate the Church’s soup kitchen.

He loved his family, and his family loved him to the moon and back! He is forever in our hearts.

He leaves his wife of 68 years, Lizora Shavers Harrison. Children, Vanessa (David) Harvey of Norfolk; Delano (Shelia) Harrison of Chesapeake; Mary (Mark) Hale of Waldorf, Maryland; and Robert Brandon Harrison of Norfolk. Five grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, sister Dollie Mae Terry, brother-in-law Ollie Williams, and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, Danville family, church family, neighborhood family and friends. He is predeceased by brothers George, Clyde, Charles, Ronald, and sister Viola Harrison Williams.

As soon as daddy’s feet strike Zion, he shall wear a crown. When the trumpet sounds, he shall wear a crown. As soon as his feet strike Zion, he will throw down his heavy burdens. He will put on his robe in glory and shout to tell his story. He will lie down beside the feet of Jesus and tell Him about all his troubles. Daddy will put on his robe in glory. He will shout to tell his story. And he shall wear a golden crown.

Viewing Wednesday, March 31, 2021 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505 Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Thursday, April 1, 2021 11:00am Metropolitan Funeral Service Granby Chapel Interment Albert G. Horton Veteran Cemetery 5310 Milners Road Suffolk, VA 23434 The family is following the CDC and State of Virginia guidelines for funeral attendance.

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    Bruce Barham says

    Mary, I am so very deeply saddened to hear of your very great loss! I am praying for consolation and comfort for you and your family!

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      Rev. Darlene Ward says

      Cousin Lizora and family,

      I extend my heartfelt condolences to you in the passing of your husband, father, grandfather and friend. To God be the Glory for receiving Deacon Robert into his prepared place. I am grateful I had the opportunity to meet him.

      Love You,


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    Betty Clark says

    Sister Harrison, Vanessa and family, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Deacon Harrison. Deacon Harrison will truly be missed. He was always one of my favorite people from FCCH. I will be praying for all of you. Continue to hold on to God’s Hands and stay strong. Love, blessings and comfort sent to all of you.

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    Myrna Whittaker says

    To Mary and the Harrison family, I am sorry for your loss. May God provide comfort and peace during this difficult time. You’ll remain in my thoughts and prayers.

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      Mary Hale says

      Thanks to all who took the time to give their condolences to the Harrison family. Your kind words and gesture means a lot to us. Peace be with you all.

      Mary Harrison-Hale

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    Katy Sherlach says

    I am so sorry to hear of your family’s loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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    Kristina Ermolaeva says

    I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you, and I’m praying for you to have peace and comfort during this difficult time.

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    Deirdre Arnold says

    Mary, I am sorry to hear of your great loss. Peace to you and your family.

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    Glenda Coefield says

    Rest In Peace Mr.Harrison and Well Done
    Prayers to family and will keep you in my prayers

    Glenda Coefield
    Neighbor for most of my life remembering him and his kind smile 💜🙏🏾

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    Elder and Sister Charles P, Jones IV and family says

    Deacon Harrison was a wonderful man. He was a man that loved God, family and friends. 2 Timothy 4:7 says I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Deacon Harrison was on the battle field for a long time. Now it is time to rest. Rest in peace deacon Harrison. Deaconess Harrison and family, our prayers go out to and your in the time of grievance.

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    Patricia Wilson Black says

    Lizora and Family, we
    extend our heartfelt condolences to you in the passing of your husband, father, grandfather and friend. To God be the Glory.
    From your family in Youngstown, Ohio

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    Phyllis Shannon says

    With my deepest sympathy my heart goes out to the Harrison family may God continue to bless you and your family through this difficult time my prayers and my heart goes out to you sister Shannon🙏
    He will be truly missed

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    Barbara G. Cashwell says

    I was saddened by the call that Robert had passed . I was nonetheless sure that his death was only a transition to a place prepared for those who lived a life of dedication to God. I can think of nothing to add about him that has not been already said. .He was a man of God and lived it daily, I have been close to this family for years.Rest in peace my dear friend.

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