I lived across the street from Harry for several years on Old Pineville Road. He was an amazing man... ornery as all get out... but a great guy! There was never a day that went by that he didn't check on me and my daughter. I could always count on him for a hug, a smile, a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen, a helping hand... you name it, Harry was there. Harry lived alone for the most part, although he would bring people into his home if they needed a place to stay or a hot meal or a shower. He never turned his back on anyone in need... unless they betrayed him, and even then he would do something to help. I will never forget falling asleep and waking up to the smell of that BBQ pit he had right outside his carport. Kept you hungry 24/7. Harry was a hard worker and he loved what he did. His customers kept him going and he adored and appreciated them all. Harry looked out for me. Whether it was nailing down the front porch railing, fixing busted pipes, or making sure that when my daughter and I were struggling our electricity didn't get shut off, he was always there. Harry was a true friend. He taught me how to live life for the moment, simply enjoying what was in front of me. He taught me how to let go of things you love that hurt too much to hold on to. He taught me about what is important in life. That nothing is worth worrying about... at least not too much. He taught me what a true friend really was. Someone who would drop whatever they had going to be there in your time of need. I love you Harry, you were like a grandpa to me, and to Bailey. I miss you already. I know you love your Blues, but I can only imagine that you are rejoicing singing praises in the presence of your Savior Jesus Christ right now! Rest in peace, Harry. You deserve it.
Does anybody out there know what happened exactly? I knew he wasn't the healthiest man in the world, but I never heard him complain of not feeling well or anything. I haven't talked to him in a while, and haven't seen him in even longer than that. I just can't believe he's gone.