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Barbara Jean Harrison

July 28, 1946 ~ October 19, 2021 (age 75)


On Tuesday October 19, 2021, God summoned his angels to earth to pick a flower that was needed for his garden. A precious soul was called home to rest after battling an illness for several years, one in which she won. When the battle is over, she shall wear her crown.

Barbara Jean Harrison was born July 28, 1946, in Sumter County to the late Richard Harrison and the late Charlotte Croskey Wilson. She was educated in Sumter Schools, and was a graduate of Lincoln High School, class of 1965. Because of her ambition and curiosity for the big city life, she set her sights on New York City. After graduating high school, she made the moved to New York where she lived in Brooklyn and made it her home for over 50 years. She was an avid reader and loved reading novels. She had a bold spirit, yet humble as a lamb. She was not one to mince words, but each one was meant to inspire and encourage. 

She attended and graduated from NY State college. She was employed in the medical field for many years until her retirement.

Barbara Jean (BJ), as she is most affectionately called was preceded in death by her only child, her pride and joy Latell Jarvis Wilson.

She leaves to cherish her precious memories; her four loving grandchildren: Shaquasha Tucker, of Bronx, NY, Shanausha Wilson, of Bronx, NY, Latell Wilson Jr, of Manhatten, NY and Justin Wilson of NYC; brother, Robert Nesbitt, Jr of Sumter, SC, four sisters, Willie Mae Cokley, of Sumter, SC (her caregiver), Johnnie L Cobia (Lee) of Sumter, SC, Diane Spann (Sammy) of Sumter, SC, brother-in-law, Chico Pringle of Sumter, SC. Nephews: Reggie Cokley of Manhattan, NY, Gerald Cokley, Eric Wilson, all of Sumter, SC, and Ernest Wilson of Charlotte, NC. Nieces: Sharon Brunson and Vanessa Cokley of Charlotte, NC, Vikki Brunson, Adrian Sims, Taneka Wilson, all of Sumter, SC; cousins that were more like siblings while in New York, Elizabeth Croskey, Michael Croskey, and Jerome and Nathaniel Croskey, special cousins that were near and dear to her heart Pete Croskey and family and a host of family and friends that she loved dearly.

She was preceded in death by her son, Latell Wilson, a great granddaughter Kiari Wilson, two brothers: Henry Wilson and Leroy Smith. three sisters: Leila Pringle, Lillian Harrison and Barbara Harrison, two neices: Valerie Wilson and Veronica, and one nephew: Tory Wilson, many uncles, aunts and cousins.

Special thanks to Willie Mae Cokley her sister who was her caregiver for over 2 years.

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October 22, 2021

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Whites Mortuary
517 N Guignard Drive
Sumter, SC 29150

Funeral Service
October 23, 2021

1:00 PM
Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church
14 N. Brand Street
Sumter, SC 29150

Interment following funeral service
October 23, 2021

Walker Cemetery
700 West Oakland Avenue
Sumter, SC 29150

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