Katiedeloris Williams Harrion and husband, Gene Alvin Harrion, Sr. were gleefully expecting their second child. It was early morning on July 23, 1969 when her parents, Julius and Hattie Williams, arrived to sit with their granddaughter, Juanelma Alvinette, while they went to a routine doctor’s appointment. As Katiedeloris was about to walk out the door she turned to her parents and said the customary phrase “see you in a little while” to which her father replied “Umm, you sure?” A few hours later that day Gene “Alvin” Harrion, Jr. was born.
As a toddler Alvin shared two things in common with Samson. He was handsome and had long locks of gorgeous hair. But strangely, even when dressed from head to toe with blue clothing, people mistakenly cooed to the infant, “What a cute little girl!” His parents gingerly corrected them. As Alvin grew, he developed a deep baritone voice. When Alvin became a toddler, he was irate with the statement. With his commanding deep baritone voice he’d scream “I’m a boy not a girl!” Needless to say their stunned reactions were priceless and great source of laughter for the family. Alas, as expected, his parents cut the long curly locks to curtail his anger and have peace in the home. Unlike Samson, his physical strength was not lost. But Alvin’s strength of good character, wittiness, profound love and devotion to family and friends grew as he matured.
Alvin’s parents were educators and possessed musical talents. They passed their love for education and music to him. He graduated from Callaway High School, obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Jackson State University and a Master’s degree from Belhaven University. He cultivated his musical talent and played guitar in a band he and some friends organized in their college days called MPak. He played with the group until a few months before settling down to become a married man. But most of all his parents were Christians. From the time of his birth the Christian training and faith they instilled in him never waned. He and Tangela made Anderson United Methodist Church their Christian home for their family.
Alvin had a strong work ethic. He worked many jobs starting as a teenager ranging from: driving a school bus, working at the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport, to include various managerial/researcher positions in the healthcare field.
Alvin had a number of hobbies to relax. But his passion was deer hunting. The host of deer trophies displayed in his den attest to his hunting prowess. For this reason, we are assured that this population will truly not mourn his transition. But, of all the jobs he held, Alvin would unequivocally say his best job was working at MS Department of Human Services. His striking appearance, wit, being a gentleman were assets; but his best asset at this job site proved to be his hunting expertise. It was here he met, locked his sight on, wooed and captured his most cherished prize—his Proverbs 31 wife, Tangela Buford. They were married June 13, 1998. To this union Gene Alvin Harrion, III and Geena Symone Harrion were born. A son from a previous relationship, Antonio M. Bowman.
Alvin endured a grueling illness for eleven months. Tangela never left his side. But on October 27, 2020, surrounded by his loving family, he left earth to reconnect with his father, Gene Sr., and youngest brother, Korey, who transitioned before him. They greeted him at his homecoming party. Yet, we see Alvin in the spirit turning to us and with that irresistible smile and twinkling eyes saying “Don’t fret, this is not good bye. I’ll see you later (while blowing an affectionate kiss) first to my life’s partner and love of my life, Tangela. I’d marry you again. Then smiling, to my children said you are my pride and joy—Gene III, Geena, and Antonio. My blessed first love who bore, nurtured me and first to teach me unconditional love—Momma (Katiedeloris). My first best friend and confidant—sister, Juanelma; brother-in-law, Keith, nephews, Kameron and Julian. To the greatest in-laws who entrusted their daughter to me—Rochester “Chet” and Ophelia Buford and brother-in-law—Terrence Buford, nephews and nieces Elijah and Elizabeth Buford, Omari and Olander Buford, Jericho Williams and Je’la Buford. Last but not least, to ALL my uncles, aunts, cousins, who deposited a lifetime of love and prayers for me; and my grandson, Anthony Bowman. To ALL my friends and co-workers who joined my family caring, praying for me and supporting them, I thank God for each and every one of you.”
A Private Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. at Peoples Funeral Home located at 886 N. Farish Street - Jackson, MS 39202.
The services will be Facebook Live Streamed on Peoples Funeral Home's Facebook page Saturday, November 7, 2020, at 2:00 p.m.
A Public Memorial will be scheduled on his birthday, July 23, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Anderson United Methodist Church, 6205 Hanging Moss Road, Jackson, MS 39206.
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