Carter 'Bud'
In loving memory of Carter "Bud" Harrison, January 20, 1937 - April 29, 2011 "Bud" was a 45 year resident of the South Bay who passed away peacefully at Torrance Memorial Hospital on Friday, April 29, 2011 in Torrance, California at age 74. He was born in Loma Linda, grew up in Redlands and San Bernardino until settling in Torrance, California. He was a member of the Elks & Moose Lodges, a past member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce in the Inland Empire and a multitude of automobile organizations. Bud attended Redlands High School in California until he started his automobile career at an early age, when he went to work for Al Harmon Motors in San Bernardino. He spent a brief time in the California National Guard before establishing himself as a prominent figure in the automobile industry, where he worked in the service department, sales, management and as a partner/owner of a dealership. He was an expert in his field and served pridefully until he retired from the automobile industry in 2003 after 50 years of service. Bud had a multitude of personal interests and hobbies. Early in life he enjoyed waterskiing, motorcycle riding and automobiles. He enjoyed cooking, reading, cross word puzzles, wood working, old cars, riding bicycles and spending time with his bride. He could often be found attending sporting events, school and other activities involving his children and grandchildren. His presence and ever friendly smile provided tremendous encouragement to all family and friends. Bud is survived by his lovely wife and bride of 30 years, Beverly; older brother, Dale Harrison (Ginger), sister, Sheila Luna (Margarito), daughter, Tish Gilbert (Mike), son, Dale Harrison (Claudia), Stepsons Jim Thornton Jr.(Jackie), Steve Thornton (Cathy) and Greg Thornton (Dana); (10) grandchildren, (3) great grandchildren, (8) nephews and nieces and an abundance of co-workers, neighbors, friends and family. A memorial service will be held at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd, Torrance on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 7pm. In lieu of flowers, consider making donations to the "Wounded Warrior Foundation." The details can be found on this website. Please sign the guest book.

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  1. Aunt Bev, Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. We were so sorry to hear about Bud. We’ll be in touch soon. Love, Tim and Lisa

  2. We would like to express our heartfelt condolences for the loss of Bud. Our prayers are with the family.

  3. We are so sorry for your loss. When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. Our deepest condolences Greg and Dana!

  4. Bud was a wonderful friend and will be missed by all of us. I will miss all of his emails, I could always expect a message or a joke from him…

  5. We will surely miss our friend Bud but know that we are so blessed to have known him. Beverly you and your family will be in our prayers. We are truely sorry we could not be there for you but we are there in spirit. Love you you all.

  6. Bud was a good friend, we always enjoyed being with the two of you.He had way of making people around him feel special.Earl will miss his great e-mails, and i will miss my card partner.Our love to you and your family.We all lost someone very special to us, that we will always remember..

  7. We will surely miss Bud he became a wonderful friend. The boys Kirk, James expressed how kind hearted Bud was to them, especially for (Bryan) he expressed he became close to Bud, he will miss his phone call when Bud needed help on the computer! Chuck expresses he truly wanted to see Bud and be there for you! Our prayers are with you & the family. Love Di & Chuck/Boys!

  8. What can you say when you lose a good friend? Words are easy, but accepting the reality is hard. Bud was and always will be in our heart as good friend. We will miss his friendship, neighborliness, and our weekly gathering for breakfast. And, of course, occasional phone calls to share an idea, or solve unexpected minor problems such as computer, car, electrical, plumbing, help with carpentry or in my case borrowing tools. He was always gracious, kind and would go out of his way to help. We sure will miss him. Our thoughts & prayers are with you and your family during this difficult loss.

  9. God saw you were getting tired, And a cure was not to be. So he put his arms around you And whispered, “Come with me “. With tearful eyes we watched you, And saw you pass away. Although we loved you dearly, We could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, Hardworking hands at rest. God broke our hearts To prove to us, He only takes the best.

  10. My memories,as a teenager,are of Uncle Bud’s big, bright smile and a comforting kindness that melted my heart. I had a teenage “crush” on him and it has always been a warm feeling. My deepest sympathy to the family. I look forward to all of us being together again when the Lord calls us.

  11. For Bev and all of Bud’s incredible family. I wish we could be there today for his Memorial Service, which I know will be beautiful. I am so thankful for having had the opportunity to know Bud for the time that I did. He was such a dear spirit and dear soul. I am sure that he is, in his own words, “skippin and ajumpin” up in Heaven. I am happy that Bud was surrounded by his loving family and friends when he passed on and had the chance to share the love with each of them. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all on this day.

  12. Marlo and I want to share our condolences with your family at this time of your great loss. Blessedly, you can grieve with the knowledge that you will see Bud again, on the other side of death, in heaven. What a great hope we have in our Saviour and Redeemer, Jesus.

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