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By The Skanner News | The Skanner News
Published: 28 June 2006

After a short illness of one week, James Harrington died on June 18.
"Jack" was the first child born to James "Jim" Harrington and Isabella Briggs Harrington. He was born in Beirne, Ark. on Dec. 24, 1911.
He married Myrtle Taylor on July 15, 1939, and moved to Gurdon, Ark., where he lived until moving to Portland in 2002, remaining there until his death.
He worked for the Missouri Pacific Railroad Co. and the Reynolds Metals Co., until he retired in 1976.
He professed a hope in Christ at an early age, joining Shady Grove Baptist Church in Beirne, Ark. In 1975, Jack joined Bethel AME Church in Gurdon, Ark., where he served as a trustee, steward and member of the senior choir.
Always pleasant, positive and kind, Jack had a great sense of humor, worked on behalf of the elderly, was "politically correct" most of the time and displayed compassion for everyone. His pet names for all of his family members won the hearts of many.
Preceding Jack in death, were his parents, his wife, brothers, sister-in-law, niece and two infant sons.
Survivors include a daughter, Jacquelyn N. Brown, of Portland; grandchildren Adrienne Nelson, Portland, and R. Anthony Brown, of Texarkana, Ark.; great-grandchildren Taylor L. Brown, Portland, and Kamryn C.E. Brown, Texarkana, Ark.; nieces Dorothy Gulley, Gurdon, Ark., Ella F. Anthony, Little Rock, Ark., Phanae Spelman, Prescott, Ark., Sharon Hall, Dallas, Texas, Mavis Thibodeaux, Santa Barbara, Calif., Clementine Stuart, Oakland, Calif., and Mary Crosby and Mary Dunlop, Lansing, Mich.; nephews, Bishop Tom Bryant and O.D. Bryant, Lansing, Mich.; and a host of relatives and friends.

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