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Obituary for Burrell Harrington

October 15, 1933 - May 28, 2019
Fredericksburg, Texas | Age 85


Burrell Dickson Harrington Jr., 10-15-1933 - 5-28-2019, passed away at Hill Country Memorial Hospice peacefully with family and friends by his side. He was 85 ("years young", he would add).
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sarita Sue Harrington, his father Burrell Dickson Harrington Sr., his mother Jalie Alyne Conner, and his brother Charles Earl Harrington. He is survived by his sisters Cordelia Kathryn Hupp (husband Ray) and May Carol Downs (husband Jerral), daughters Holly Sue Harrington and Kim Harrington Dooley (husband Timothy). Grandchildren are: Melissa Shaw, Dickson Seals, Cassidy Brenner (partner Samson Hastings), Nathan Brenner (wife Madison Brenner), Micayla Brenner, as well as 3 great granddaughters, Alanis, Tylar, and Haizley.

Burrell Dickson Jr. was born October 15th, 1933. He is the eldest of the 4 children born to Burrell Dickson Sr. and Jalie Alyne. He was diagnosed with polio in the first year of his life, survived it, and never let it slow him down.

B.D., as most knew him by, was gifted with a voice that brought joy to the lives of everyone he came into contact with. From the young age of 3, his family would encourage him to sing for others and share his talents. He also played the cornet in Shamrock Jr. High and High School bands and would sometimes perform taps for military funerals during those years. His musical inclination will be later revisited, as it carried a big role throughout his life.

He graduated from Shamrock High School in 1952 and went on to graduate from West Texas State University in Canyon, Texas (it is now known as West Texas A&M).
After college, he met Sarita Sue Hatcher at a dance where Roy Clarke was playing, and such began their love story. They married October 13th of 1963. In 1967 they made the move to San Antonio with their two girls, Kim and Holly, where B.D. started working for the Randolph Brooks Air Force Base. He created a long and successful career with them for around 40 years before retiring. Getting to spend the last year of his wife's life before she passed away was what B.D. would call a blessing. He missed Sarita every day that he lived after she was gone.

Now, as we mentioned earlier, one major part of our beloved B.D.'s life is his voice…his singing. He began his barbershop legacy in 1960 in Amarillo, Texas. He continued his journey when he moved to San Antonio singing in multiple quartets and taking 11 trips to internationals. Some individuals are fortunate to accomplish 1 trip, and not only just making it to internationals, but placing there as well. Along with 2 Southwestern District Quartet Championships with The Smilin' Irish in 1968 and The Sound Association in 1974. He also won the comedy quartet with THE CHYCKEN SISTERS in 1983.

His music encompassed every aspect of his life and he was in the soloist and in the choir for the Alamo Heights Christian Church for many years and celebrated his faith there. He was also an Ombudsman, for the state, and would lead a "Sing Along" at the nursing home he served. He continued to share the gift of his voice and spread his love wherever he could, to as many people as he could. He was a devoted Christian, husband, father, grandfather, friend, and an all-around good human being to all his neighbors and community. His loss is felt throughout by all of us who have been graced with his presence.

Memorial Services will be held on July 20th, 2019 at 3:30pm at the Porter Loring Mortuary, 1101 McCullough, San Antonio, Texas 78212 for anyone who would like to come pay their respects and celebrate the life of this wonderful man. There will be a barbershop themed celebration of life following that will be held at the Pearl Stables starting at 6pm.

3:30 PM

6:00 PM

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1101 McCullough Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212
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