Jerry Don “Doodles” Harrison Jr. passed away Sunday, June 2 at his home. He was 13 years old.
Jerry was born May 9, 2000, to Patricia Gates and Jerry Harrison in Mineral Wells. Visitation will be Friday, June 14, 6-8 p.m., at Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home. The funeral service is Saturday June 15, 1 p.m, at Indian Creek Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Staggs Prairie Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Chris Howard, Hampton Howard, Josh Hardee, Haley Bell, Ruben Banda and Casey Armstrong; honorary pallbearers are Hunter Harrison and Gavin Howard.
Survivors are mother Patricia Gates; father Jerry Harrison; grandmothers Peggy Hughes and Betty Rainey; brothers David Shaun Gates and wife Destiney and Nick Harrison and wife Kaite; sister Nicole Harrison and boyfriend Clinton Jackson, several aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. Other special survivors include special care giver Chris Howard and family, mother’s helper Katie Housley and her four children and adopted granny Linda Beaird. A lot of help was given by Kenny and Kristy Hardee and the Last Few Motorcycle Club.
Jerry was preceded in death by grandfathers O.C. “Pete” Gates Jr. and Dwaine Harrison; cousins David Wayne Gates Jr. and Jimmy Dwaine Harrison Jr.
Doodles was a joy and an inspiration to all who knew him. He fought a hard fight to survive and taught everyone what it means to not give up. Before he got sick – just before turning 5 – he was all boy. He loved to be outside. He liked going to his Nana Betty’s house because she had lots of animals such as goats, horses, ducks, chickens and pigeons and a big turkey that he was afraid of. One day his mother looked out the front door to check on him as he played in the yard. He was pushing his bubble mower and told his mom he was going to cut his Nane’s yard. His Nane always kept candy in a dish on her coffee table; he would get all the chocolate candy out even if it meant putting it in his pockets. When his brothers would be at their friend’s house in the next block Doodles would stand in the yard and holler at them that their mom wanted them; when they made it home he would tell them it was he, not their mom that wanted them home, he wanted to go play. Everyone has their own special memory of Doodles, and we all love him.
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Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home