Longtime San Augustine civic leader, veterans advocate dies

Longtime San Augustine civic leader, veterans advocate dies

SAN AUGUSTINE, TX (KTRE) - Woody Harrison was a pillar of San Augustine. His greatest efforts were made in honoring veterans. Each year, Harrison would go to great lengths to plan a respectful Veteran's Day program.

"I love putting it together," Harrison said during the town's Veteran's Day event earlier this year. "It's a labor of love."

Harrison's voice was affected by the scars of cancer, but it resonated when the former Cobra helicopter pilot talked about a veteran's homecoming.

"We've had some homecoming ceremonies where we run up a new flag on their flagpole, and we have a barbeque cookout," Harrison said in a previous East Texas News story.

It was at such events that Harrison was at his happiest, but he also served as chamber president and countless other projects with San Augustine's future in mind.

In 2012, Harrison was the recipient of KSWP's Community Impact Volunteer of the Year Award for radio station's coverage area, which includes 13 counties.

A memorial service is in the works by fellow veterans, and a tentative date of December 27th has been set. Harrison was 72 years old.

According to a biography from San Augustine's Main Street program, Harrison, who was born in 1942, "spent his entire professional life serving his country via the Defense Department." He served as a career US Army officer and later as an engineering services contractor for various Pentagon projects.

Harrison served during the Vietnam War and was a decorated helicopter gunship pilot.

When Harrison retired in 2005, he and his wife settled down in San Augustine. Since then, he and his wife, Glenda, have been very involved in community and civic activities. Harrison had a bachelor's of science degree and two master's degrees - one in management and public administration.

According to the San Augustine Main Street biography, Harrison served three terms as the president of the San Augustine Chamber of Commerce. He had been serving his fifth term as the post commander of San Augustine's Veterans of Foreign Affairs. He was also in the middle of his third term as the chairman for the Republican Party of San Augustine.

Harrison is survived by his wife and two adult children.

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