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Melestine (Peebles) Harrison

May 15, 1929 ~ November 17, 2022 (age 93) 93 Years Old


Melestine (Peebles) Harrison, Sunrise 5/15/29 - Sunset 11/17/22, joins her parents, John Henry Peebles, Sr. and Rosella (Parham) Peebles; siblings John, Jr., James, Sr., Juliann Brookshire, Henrietta, Bill Alfred, and Michael; and daughters Terran Harrison-Bryant (Lance) and Teal Elaine- her heart- in heaven. 

She is survived by sisters Allene Connors,  Betty Goolsby, Vivian Howell and Sharon Foster; her children Terence, Tamara Kirkland (Dennis), Torrence (Debi), Tanya Harrison-Houston (Tom), Richard (Lisa), Arcolar McKinnon (Chris), Tara, Tiare, Tiona Lee (Matthew), and Theron as well as scores of nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. 

Our queen left her academic aspirations at the University of Dayton to start her family with a military husband. Ten of her children went on to military service. While raising her children, she eventually retired from AT&T/Ameritech/Ohio Bell with a near-perfect attendance record then tested her entrepreneurial skills as a licensed baker with Sweet Arts. She loved to travel by boat, plane, car or train, exploring the world, from Hungary to Japan, from Canada to the Caribbean and places in between, often to help care for her growing family. And she never met a stranger nor passed up an opportunity to help others. At her core were her faith and love of family, and her belief in the virtues of honesty, hard-work, and sacrifice. 

She asked for no ceremony or service, just private, personal celebrations of her life. 

In lieu of flowers, she wished that you please donate to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.

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Private Services


St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105
Tel: 1-800-805-5856
Web: http://www.stjude.org/


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