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James Harrison, 81, a former construction worker and active church volunteer, died unexpectedly Monday (Oct. 22, 2001) in his Buffalo home.

Born in McCormick, S.C., Harrison served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army in the early 1940s before coming to Buffalo.

He later worked as a construction worker with Laborers Local 210 and helped build railroads and the Buffalo Metro Rail system. He retired in 1985.

Harrison was a member of First Shiloh Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and was a member of the finance committee, adult choir, food pantry, male chorus, missions department and baptismal committee.

As an active Mason, he was past high priest of Companion Chapter 35, Royal Arch Masons; past commander in chief of Bison Consistory 29; past master of Paramount Lodge 73; and vice president of the 7th Masonic District Association of New York State. He was a 33rd-degree Mason.

He is survived by a daughter, Judyth A. Evans of Buffalo; two sons, Sipho Downy of Buffalo and Sam of Washington, D.C.; a sister, Willie Mae Page of Washington, D.C.; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in First Shiloh Baptist Church, 15 Pine St. Interment will be in Forest Lawn.


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