John C. Harrington, Jr.

June 23, 2012


LEWISTON-WOODVILLE – John Carlysle ‘Jake’ Harrington, Jr., age 88, died Saturday, June 23, 2012, at Vidant Roanoke Chowan Hospital.

Mr. Harrington was born in Bertie County, a son of the late John Carlysle and Fannie Parker Harrington. Blind from birth, Jake never let his visual disability stand in his way. He attended Blind School in Raleigh where he learned independence. He was a member of the local Lion’s Club and First Baptist Church of Lewiston. He worked at Harrington Manufacturing, a company his grandfather and uncle started, and then later in life with the NC Commission for the Blind as part of the Blind Enterprise vending program where he worked until the age of 82. To his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, he taught them the most important values are love and family. The words that best described his values in life: doing for others, a positive outlook, independence, hard work, plain spoken, stubborn, dedication, and overcoming obstacles.

Survivng is his wife, Betty Willis King Harrington of Durham, NC; his daughters, Linda H. Norcross of Lewiston-Woodville, NC, Bernice H. Harden of Merry Hill, NC, and Denise H. Hoggard and husband, Don of Elm Grove, NC; daughter-in-law, Barbara Harrington of Windsor, NC; a step son, Mike King of Durham, NC; grandchildren, Chuck Norcross, Rennie Harrington-Jones, Carl Harrington, Danielle Greene, Jonathan Greene, Jessica Hoggard and Brooke Hoggard; and great grandchildren, Donavan Norcross, Leah Harrington and Ella Mae Jones. Mr. Harrington was married for 42 years to Doris Delbridge Harrington and was blessed with their four children. After the death of Doris, he later married Ruth Partin Harrington. Besides Doris and Ruth, he was predeceased by a son John Thomas ‘Tommy’ Harrington and all of his siblings.

A celebration of life memorial service will be conducted on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 6:00 p.m., at Garrett-Jones Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Lloyd Dunlow officiating. The family will accept visitors at the home of Linda Norcross, 113 East Church Street, Lewiston or the home of Denise Hoggard, 137 Jesse Hoggard Road, Colerain, and immediately following the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial donations be made to North Carolina Commission for the Blind, Greenville District, 404 St. Andrews Drive, Greenville, NC, 27834; Ahoskie Lions Club, c/o Mack Jones, P.O. Box 324, Ahoskie, NC 27910; or a charity of one’s choice.

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Jim and Mary Boehm
11 years ago

Barbara is a friend of mine. I just want to express sympathy to the family. I know Jake will be truley missed.

Deborah Harrington Kilby
11 years ago

Jake was a special person that I loved and I will miss him very much!

My prayers are with his wonderful family.

Love to them


Judy W. Brown
11 years ago

My thoughts and prayers are with all of Mr. Jake’s family. He was truly a great person in that he never let his blindness keep him from doing anything he wanted to do. God Bless all of you.

Betty & Marshall Munns
11 years ago

Bernice-We never had the pleasure of meeting your father but we have only heard wonderful things about him. Wish we could be there Wednesday but know that we are there in our hearts and will be thinking of all of you–Sending prayers for all and our love to everyone. Betty and Marshall