John David Harrison

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February 11, 1941 ~ August 30, 2021

Born in: Hot Springs, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

John David Harrison, 80, passed away Monday, August 30, 2021.

Mr. Harrison was born February 11, 1941, in Hot Springs, NC, to the late John Vernon Harrison and Nettie Rice Harrison. He was also preceded in death by a brother, J.V. Harrison, and sisters, Rebecca Lunsford, Mary Jo Kent and Ruth White.

He retired in 2004 as a detective with the Buncombe County Sheriff Department.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Marjorie Clay; children, John David Harrison, Tammy Hied, and Pam Hawyer; step-daughters, Phyllis (Poncho) Butt and Debi Rice; sisters, Martha Moore and Doris Thomas; four grandchildren, Jordan, Justin, Jared Butt and Ryan Whittington, five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, September 13, 2021 at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one’s favorite charity.


Visitation: September 13, 2021 6:00 pm - June 3, 2023 8:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. Uncle Johnny you will be missed. I remember when anyone had a problem, you were always there when we asked for you! Thank you for being a great, supportive uncle!

  2. Marjorie I am praying for you receive comfort and guidance thru god during these difficult times. The Kent brothers thought the world of Johnny. He definitely was our favorite Uncle!

  3. Marjorie we pray that find you comfort and guidance thru our precious God during the difficult times. God bless you!

  4. Remembering the times John would come to our house to watch Carolina basketball with Lee. John would always make us laugh with all his humor. My deepest sympathy goes out to all his family.

  5. Marjorie,
    We are so sorry to hear of Johnny’s passing. He was a special friend who we loved dearly. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Elizabeth, Marilee & Melissa

  6. I am so sorry about John’s death
    I enjoyed working with him at the Buncombe County Sheriffs Department
    May God bless each member of his family

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