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Harry Lee Washington Jr.
January 31, 1939 ~ September 20, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old
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Harry Lee Washington, Jr. was introduced to the world on January 31, 1939, in Hernando County, Florida to the Late Harry and Wevlen “Laverne” Washington, Sr. He was the 6th child of 9 children. Harry attended school at the Moton School and graduated with the Class of 1959 from Moton High School. During his school days, Harry was a stellar football player, he played defense for the Moton Bulldogs. He and his team became the Middle-8 Conference Champions in 1958. Also, while Harry attended school, he worked part-time for Richard McGee as a handyman, he really became a part of the McGee Family. Words of Richard McGee, Sr.:
“The ‘job’ began with a very small lawn, but somewhere along the line Harry’s ‘job’ sprouted and grew and before any of us knew, Harry occupied a space within me (my heart, that is). His road had begun to becoming my ‘oldest son’ there were four then rather than three, Harry, Shelia, Sherry, & Ricky.”
After he graduated from high school, Harry, enlisted to the U.S. Army. He served 4 years. Once he returned to Hernando County, he became employed with the Hernando County School District, as a custodian and a warehouse supervisor. He retired from HCSD after 40 years of service. The working man that Harry became was also employed part-time with Florida Power for 30 years and a private bartender for over 40 years. Harry was heavily involved in community affairs and outreach, he was the 1st African American bowler at Louie’s Bowling Alley, president of the Blue Sink Charitable Foundation, he assisted with Meals on Wheels, a member of Frederick Kelly Elks Lodge 1270, and a past Commander of the American Legion Post 99. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Shady Rest where he served as a trustee, past president of Choir No. 1, and as an usher.
Harry leaves to cherish his love and memories his loving, faithful, and immovable, wife of 59 years Evelyn; two sons: Harry “Skip” and Keith (Cherronda). One daughter, Katrina (Corey). Twelve grandchildren: Alexia (Jose), Marquise, Re’Shamonique (Dorian), Tia, Taryn, Darius, Lametruis, Aleana, Alyssa, Traivon, Donovan, and Keith, Jr. Three great-grandchildren: Madilyn, Lukis, and Noah. Three sisters: Mamie Sanders, Brenda Mobley, and Joann Harris. Two brothers-in-law: Ronald (Carol) Williams and Kenneth (Monica) Merricks. Two sisters-in-law: Mary (James) Key and Simmie (Ronald) Collins. Extended family: Shelia (Joe) Merchant, Sherry (Robert) Kelly, Richard (Terri) McGee, Jr. One goddaughter: Merilyn “Charlie” Brown. One godson: Herman “Cie” Scrivens, Jr. A special niece: Tiare (David) Williams. And many nieces, nephews, other extended family, and special friends.
Flowers May be received on Friday, September 29, from 9am to 2pm at the J.T. Campbell Funeral Home.
Wake/Visitation- Will be held at the First Baptist Church Shady Rest, on Friday, September 29, from 5pm to 7pm
Funeral Cortege- The Family will form the Funeral Cortege on Saturday September 30, 2023 at 10 am at the family home on Old Crystal River Road.
Celebration of Life- Will be held at The Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church 200 Mt. Fair Avenue Brooksville, FL on Saturday, September 30, 2023 at 11:00am.
Final Resting Place- The Final Interment will be held on Monday, October 2, 2023, 10am at The Florida National Cemetery 6502 S.W. 102nd Avenue Bushnell, FL 33513.
Professional Services Entrusted to: J.T. Campbell Funeral Home and Cremation Services Macedonia Chapel