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January 7, 2014

Family, friends join Harrison for birthday gala

Corsicana — Birthday well-wishers galore turned out Saturday to celebrate and congratulate a very special man, a Corsicana icon, Charles Henry Harrison.

Hosted by his three children, Gayle Jenkins and husband Roy, Charles Harrison, and Angela and Joe Wrinkle, friends and family from as far away as North Dakota came to wish Harrison a happy 90th birthday.

Charles Henry Harrison is a veteran of World War II, served Navarro County by making cemetery monuments for many, many years, is a member of the Coyote Squadron Commemorative Air Force, Westhill Church of Christ, and volunteers at Navarro Regional Hospital, but it’s his relationship with Santa Claus that may be what he’s known for best.

For over 50 years, the Harrisons hosted a Christmas party at their home, and for many of those years, the entire community was invited. Santa made a regular annual stop there to meet children and take wish lists, and Charles Henry and the late Evelyn Harrison were spectacular hosts. There were cookies, hot chocolate, popcorn, nachos and more, not to mention all the rides, games and blow up slides (in later years).

For the festive occasion of Charles Henry’s 90th Birthday, Cason’s Flowers donated his boutonniere, and Collin Street Bakery donated a four-layer cake, personalized with photos of Harrison through the years. The Hampton Inn was packed with guests, family and friends, all there for one purpose — to shake the hand of a man who has given so much to his home county.

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