Harry Oliver Northern


Harry Oliver Northern, 83, of Vallonia, died at 3:26 a.m. Saturday, April 4, 2015, at his home after an extended illness.

Born Aug. 13, 1931, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, he was the son of Harry O. Northern and Roberta Abel Northern, both of whom preceded him in death. On July 5, 1986, at Driftwood Christian Church in Vallonia, he married Dinah Jamison Canary. She survives.

He had lived in Jackson County since 1990 and was a member of Driftwood Christian Church. Mr. Northern was an electrical engineer/test engineer with Allison Gas Turbine Engines for 37 years. His working career at with the company took him to many different countries. He worked his way through college and graduated in 1955 from Georgia Tech.

Harry loved the Lord and served as an elder, deacon and teacher at Clermont Christian Church, Franklin Memorial Christian Church, Bethany Christian Church and Driftwood Christian Church. He loved to read his Bible and study chemistry, science and human anatomy. He was most happy spending time with family and friends and viewing God’s beautiful creation. As a young man, he once blew up his attic bedroom experimenting with flash powder. Harry was always curious and asked many questions of family and friends (to which most did not know the answers) and was told he could ask God when they met.

Other survivors include four children, Bruce Northern of Lawrence, Brenda Maggard of Morgantown, Shannon Canary Parker of Brownstown and Shawn Canary of Greenwood; grandchildren, Anthony G. Maggard and Brett Maggard, both of Franklin, Bruce A. Northern of Lawrence, Kaycee Northern and Will Parker, both of Coffeeville, Kansas, and Jamison Parker and Layden Canary of Brownstown; and a brother, Brooks C. (Mary Alice) Northern of Chattanooga, Tennesseee.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Bryan G. Northern; and a sister, Marjorie Sehr.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Driftwood Christian Church with Steve Gommel officiating.

Friends may call from 1 p.m. until time of service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be given to Jamison Harrell Family Cemetery, Schneck Medical Center Hospice or Driftwood Christian Church.

Online condolences may be made at johnsonfh.net.