Funeral services for William Frank (Billy) Harbison, 75, of Houston, Texas and formerly of Greenville, Miss. will be at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 22 at First Presbyterian Church, Greenville. He died Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 in Houston after a long struggle with Alzheimer's. Burial will be in Greenville Cemetery under the direction of Boone Funeral Home, Greenville, Miss.
He was born May 1, 1938 in Greenville. He attended Mississippi State University on a football scholarship and graduated in 1960 with a B.S. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. He moved to Helena in 1965 and became the operations manager for Helena Marine Service under Jim Walden.
There he met his wife, Mary Ann, who he married the following year. In 1979 he left Helena Marine to form the Arkansas River Co. in Greenville. He successfully ran this company for many years and also served on various committees of the American Waterways Operators, including the board of directors and also served as the southern region chairman. After closing the company in 2002 he and Mary Ann retired to live between Greenville and Waveland. In September 2005 Hurricane Katrina destroyed their Waveland residence and they bought a condo in Starkville and split their time between there and Greenville. He had a deep love of all things from Mississippi in general and especially his beloved bulldogs. He was a gregarious and generous individual who will be missed by his family and friends.
His parents, Richard N. and Mary Read Stovall Harbison, preceded him in death.
Billy leaves his wife of 47 years, Mary Ann Murdock Harbison; hi children, Murdock Ann Harbison of Pensacola, Fla., Amee Burgoyne and her husband, Bob, of McClain, Va. and Rev. W. Scott Harbison and his wife, Debbie of Houston; his grandchildren, Riker Vermilye, Katelyn, Cassie and Olivia Harbison; his brother, the Rev. Dr. Richard T. Harbison of Lynchburg, Va. and his wife Barbara; and many friends and family members.
The family will receive friends one hour before services at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. P. O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C., 20090 or to the Mississippi State University Foundation, P. O. Box 6149, Mississippi State, Ms, 39762.