Curtis Harrison

March 23, 2013 • Obituaries


Services are scheduled at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Mar. 27, at Faith Baptist Church for Curtis Harrison, 1502 W. James Ave., Artesia.
Mr. Harrison, 87, died Thursday, March 21, 2013, in Artesia.

Michael Elliott will officiate at the services with burial at Woodbine Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Sean Boyce, Henry Boyce, Toby Copeland, Raymond Copeland, Mark White and Joe Bob Thurman. Honorary pallbearers will be Faith Baptist Church members, employees of C.V.E. and all of his friends.

Visitation will be at Terpening & Son Mortuary beginning at 10 a.m., Tuesday.

Curtis was [auth] born January 24, 1926, in Loving, the son of Thomas Louis Harrison and Jessie Vachel (Dickerson) Harrison. The family moved from Loving to Artesia and then Hope while Curtis was a young boy. He served in the U.S. Navy from Jan. 23, 1944 to Jan. 23, 1946. He served aboard the USS Taylor during World War II. Curtis lived in Hope until the age of 37, then moved to Artesia.

On Dec. 23, 1964, he was married to Gail White in Carlsbad.

He worked at C.V.E. for 26 years before retiring. He worked in the oilfields for several years. He was a member of Faith Baptist Church, Masonic Lodge #28AF & AM, 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason in the valley of Las Cruces .

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Ike Harrison, Lynn Harrison, and Tom Harrison; sisters Marylue Eskue and husband Pet, Lottie Mae (Billie) James, Jessie Virginia Harrison, Connie Walters and husband H.O. (Odel) Walters.

Survivors include his wife Gail Harrison of Artesia; son Larry Russell of Artesia; daughters, Terry Copeland and husband Jimmy of Hagerman, Sherry Patman and husband Johnny of Artesia and Vachel Harrison of Artesia; brother Glenn Harrison and wife Janett; brother-in-law Bill White and wife Cookie; sisters-in-law, Kay Permenter and husband Bo, Joann White, Carol Harrison, Barbara Harrison Bedingfield, and Eula Marie Cox Harrison; grandchildren, Gail Copeland, Curtis (Toby) Copeland, Raymond Copeland, Sean Boyce, Alvis Boyce, Henry Boyce, Joe Nichols and Kristen Amanda Harrison; 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Terpening & Son Mortuary. Please express condolences at

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