Funeral services held for teen killed in wreck
by Clay Neely
Hundreds of friends and family members filled the pews of Royal Baptist Church to pay their respects to Zack Harrison, the teenager who succumbed to injuries sustained in a car accident on Corinth Road south of Newnan in late May.
The Rev. Scott Moore spoke of Harrison as a shy but happy youth – a quiet young man who said little but lived his life to the fullest.
“Even though he didn’t talk very much, he always had a smile on his face,” said Moore.
“He was one of those young men who didn’t want to just sit around on the sidelines of life – he wanted to play. And when he played, he gave it his best.”
Harrison was also active as a member of The Boy Scouts of America, where he achieved the rank of Life Scout and was awarded the opportunity to place a wreath on the grave of The Unknown Soldier – a privilege often designated for presidents, heads of state or foreign officials.
Moore recalled that over the course of Harrison’s last few months, it was the happiest he had ever seen him.
“Zack was never really much of a talker, but his face always said everything,” Moore recalled. “He had a new person in his life who was very special to him and his smile said it all.”
The Rev. Steve Bullard also eulogized at the service, emphasizing the Harrison family’s unwavering faith in God and the difficulties that often arise in understanding the circumstances that life can present.
On the day of Harrison’s accident, Bullard immediately made his way to the hospital to be with Zack and his family. It was there that Zack’s father, Joseph, expressed his gratitude – not only for the support of Bullard but for the fact Zack had grown in his faith and accepted Jesus Christ as his personal lord and savior.
“One of the things I’ve heard about Zack over and over is that he was a man of few words,” Bullard said. “But I believe if the Lord gave Zack the opportunity to come back here to be with us today, he would verbalize one thing: ‘If you don’t know my Jesus, would you please come to know him today.’”
Bullard encouraged those in attendance to give strength to the Harrison family.
“I hear this family acknowledge God’s love for them,” said Bullard. “Even though they don’t understand and are struggling with what has happened, they still are standing firm in God’s love.”
In closing, Bullard expressed how difficult it is to comprehend tragedies such as the one that befell the Harrison family, but he offered a parallel.
“Life is like a giant IMAX movie and we’re like a fly who has found our way onto the screen, and all we can see is one little pixel of the image that’s below our little feet,” Bullard said. “But God has the best seat in the house and he sees the big picture.
“We grieve and hurt because we love, but let me remind you that Zack was an awesome young man and his life has made an impact on countless others,” Bullard said. “And I believe his life will continue to have great impact beyond today.”
Harrison, 19, died Friday at Atlanta Medical Center, where he was taken following the May 22 single-vehicle accident.
Harrison was a 2014 graduating senior at Newnan High School. Fellow Newnan High students William Holloway, Zachery Self and Dustin “Haggar” Brenon were also involved in the accident.
Around 11:45 a.m. on May 22, the day before the Newnan High graduation, Holloway, 17, was driving a black 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse northbound on Corinth Road when he lost control, ran off the road and struck a tree, according to the Georgia State Patrol.