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Harrison Silver

Harrison Silvers, age 90, Flag Pond, passed away peacefully at the Johnson City Medical Center on Friday, June 4, 2021. He was a lifelong resident of Flag Pond and a son of the late George and Marietta Blankenship Silvers. Harrison was the last of fourteen children and was very thankful for the long life that he had.

Harrison was a farmer and cut timber all his life. He was a member of Jennie Moore Presbyterian Church for fifty-six years where he was a Deacon and Elder of the Church. Harrison was a wonderful husband, daddy, and papaw. He loved the Lord and everyone he met. He never met a stranger.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of sixty-nine cherished years, Rellie Jane Silvers on December 28, 2020; one son, Michael Lester Silvers; one grandson, Seth Price; seven brothers, Grady, Charlie, Elroy, Claude, Offie, Rollie and Freeman Silvers; six sisters, Lula Morrow, Getta Silvers, Beulah Silvers Robinson, Sally Rice, Eunice McIntosh, and Ola Silvers.

Harrison leaves behind to cherish his memory, one son, Tim Silvers and wife, Angela of Jonesborough; two daughters: Nancy Price and husband, Victor, Teresa Campbell and husband, Dana all of Erwin; eight grandchildren, six great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, two special brothers-in-law: Horace (Reva) Stockton and Carter (Betty) Stockton; several nieces, nephews and too many special friends to mention also survive.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 PM Tuesday June 8, 2021, at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM Wednesday June 9, 2021, at the Jennie Moore Presbyterian Church. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to the service. Rev. Craig Shelton and Rev. George Rolling will officiate. Music will be provided by Tim Harris and Phyllis Bennett. Committal will follow in the Stockton Cemetery.

The following is a tribute from a special friend that perfectly describes Harrison: Today I am saddened to say goodbye to Mr. Harrison Silvers. I met Mr. Harrison not too long after I moved up here. I attended church with him and his wife at a little Presbyterian church close by. Though not long enough, for four years, I had the pleasure of getting to know him. He was a fascinating man in my eyes. He was born in the mountains some 90 years ago. He was raised on the grounds where my cabin stands today. He made his living in the mountains through logging and milling timber. He was a fair and honest businessman who still believed in a handshake and a man’s word. He was an awesome historian to me. He would tell me about life in the old days and how they would log with a team of mules. He always talked about coming back up on the “old homeplace” and finding that cold water spring to have one last drink out of. We talked about faith in Christ and the blessings we both have received. He was a Man’s man, no doubt. However, he had a kind gentle spirit. He was a man to look up to and a man to admire.  He was a man that I am honored to call my friend.

Mr. Harrison, I regret we never had the opportunity to locate that spring, but I feel certain that that spring is flowing in heaven for you. Though saddened by your departure, I am happy that you are reunited with your loved ones and that you are at Jesus’s side. Farewell my friend till we meet again, I am so grateful for your friendship.

Love, Matt

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Robert Ledford Funeral Home, 720 Ohio Avenue, Erwin, is privileged to serve the Silvers family.  (423) 743-1380.