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Charles Harrison, 86, Served on Township Council

AT&T legal counsel also served in U.S. Air Force and reserves.

Charles Harrison served on the Bridgewater Township Council and was a longtime legal counsel to AT&T and its affiliated companies. He died Dec. 30, 2013. Credit: Courtesy of Bruce Van Arsdale Funeral Home
Charles Harrison served on the Bridgewater Township Council and was a longtime legal counsel to AT&T and its affiliated companies. He died Dec. 30, 2013. Credit: Courtesy of Bruce Van Arsdale Funeral Home
Charles M. Harrison, 86, died Dec. 30, 2013. 

Charlie was born in Anderson, S.C., in 1927. He was a 1949 graduate of Marshall University and a 1952 graduate of West Virginia University College of Law.

Charlie enlisted in the US Army Air Force in 1944 and was honorably discharged in 1946. In 1955, he was commissioned as an officer and again honorably discharged in 1962.

Charlie joined the Bell System in 1957. Over the years he worked with C&P Telephone, Western Electric, BellComm, AT&T Technologies, and AT&T.

During his career he served in a variety of Bell System and AT&T law department positions with titles including "general attorney," tax attorney," "assistant general counsel," and "general counsel."

In 1989, he retired from AT&T after thirty-three years of service and was elected to represent AT&T on the Board of Directors of the Greater Somerset County Chamber of Commerce. He is listed in the Marquis Publications Who's Who and Who's Who in American Law.

Charlie moved to Bridgewater in 1971, and was a former Bridgewater Councilman and member of the Bridgewater Republican Committee.

He was a member and past president of the Somerville-Bridgewater Rotary Club and an active member of the Bridgewater United Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife Jean, daughters Suzanne E. Fanning and Dr. L. Jean Walker, a brother William and two grandsons, Christopher and Geoffrey Walker.

He is predeceased by his brothers Emmitte and J. Robert.

Funeral services were held Saturday at the Bridgewater United Methodist Church,followed by entombment at Somerset Hills Memorial Park in Basking Ridge.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rotary Club of Somerville-Bridgewater, P.O. Box 16, Somerville08876. To send condolences to the family, visit www.brucecvanarsdalefuneralhome.com.

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