of Bryant, AR
December 8, 1937 - March 7, 2020
Henry Napoleon Harrison, 82, born December 8th, 1937 in Tull, Arkansas, at what is known as the Old Tile Place, took his last struggling breath when he reached out to take the Hand of his Savior as he entered into Glory Land at 5:40 p.m. March 7, 2020 at Arkansas Heart Hospital.As a young child Henry walked up the isle at Saline Missionary Baptist Church holding his Mom's hand to accept Christ and asked to be baptized in the Saline River. Later in his life he started attending Corinth Baptist Church in Sheridan, Arkansas holding his wife, Eva's, hand.Henry was preceded in death by his parents, Elbert and Avis Ashcraft Harrison; grandson, Dana Geiler; big brothers & sisters, Robert "Bob", Dewey Dee, Cora Alice, Nora Lee, Betty Lou, baby sister, Avis; daughter-in-law, Janie Jordan Harrison and his first wife, Janie Yvonne Todd.Survived by the "cute little brown hair girl," whom he attended school with at Bauxite and rode the bus home with, Eva "Miller" Harrison, who eventually became his sweetheart, wife & love. He is also survived by others that made his cup run over, sons, Dean (Gail), Ty (Anne), Dale (Allison), Ken Kendrick (Clarinda), Kelly Kendrick (Donna); and daughters, Debbie Collins (Jackie) and Karla Kendrick Lyons (David) that gave him 17 GrandLoves, 11 Great GrandLoves, and 2 Great-Great-GrandLoves. He also leaves behind his favorite sister-in-law, Emily Harrison (Bob); nieces and nephew, Terry (Katherine), Diana Lounsbury (Doug), Betty Carson (Danny), Rita McDade (Troy), Johnny (Cathy), Lisa Tull (Bryan); and half-brother to his kids, Richard Todd (Amberlyn & son, Roman).In his life he worked as a Union Plumber and a Skilled Welder, but his greatest obsession was with speed. He drove for Mike Himes in the 1960's. That helped him show his abilities and start off his dragster racing career where he had the chance to show it at NHRA Drag Racing Circuit. He held the National Records in both the Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car Class. He was the premiere driver for Mickey Thompson, and also had the privilege to work for Don Garlits. One of his accomplishments was becoming the California Division Funny Car Champion in 1978. He started driving cars in Little Rock and went as far as Mexico City, Australia, and other countries.Later, he received training and developed new helpful skills from a great Teacher such as yardwork, gardening (he loved his Eva's cooking), how to run a vacuum cleaner (where he started racing it around the house), and helping around the house with other chores. His ability to do this made us ALL SMILE!Henry and his silver hair pompadour (husband, Dad, Grandpa, Uncle and Friend) will be missed greatly and forever in our hearts. He is now running at God's Speed and Grace on the Streets of Heaven.Service will be held on Friday, March 13, 2020 at Saline Missionary Baptist Church in Tull with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. and funeral service beginning at 11:30 a.m. Final resting place will be at Ebenezer Cemetery in Tull next to his parents, baby sister, and brothers.Brothers Tyler Askew & Kim Hammer will be officiating. Pallbearers are sons, Dean, Ty, Dale, Kelly; GrandLoves, Jordan Harrison and Kyle Kendrick; and nephews, Terry Harrison and Johnny Harrison. Nelson Ashcraft will serve as honorary pallbearer.
I have great memories of Henry. His first time back to an NHRA event in early 2000 was nothing short of amazing to see him rekindle old friendships from years gone by. I am proud to have called him friend. Rest In Peace Henry and may heaven provide you with unlimited runs down the drag strip in heaven.
Henry & Eva have always been great neighbors for many years.Always enjoyed sitting on the porch and trading stories withHenry. Will miss him always.
God Bless you all, Henry was a great guy. Was lucky enough to see him race a few time.