The Rev. Albert C. Harrison Sr., 56, founder and pastor of the Travelers Rest Baptist Church, died Sunday of cancer at Maryland General Hospital.
Services were being held today at the Parklane Baptist Church, 3606 Mohawk Ave.
Mr. Harrison lived on West Forest Park Avenue. Born in Spartanburg, S.C., he was educated there and at Douglass High School in Baltimore.
After completing studies in the Real Truth Bible Study Plan and at the Baltimore School of the Bible, he received a bachelor's degree and doctorate from the National Theological Seminary and College.
Immediately after his ordination, he assisted at the First Abyssinia Baptist Church, where he had earlier been a member of the usher board and the male chorus, and served as a Sunday school teacher and pastor's aide.
He started the Travelers Rest Baptist Church in 1979, two years after his ordination.
He was a member of the Baptist Associate Ministers Fellowship, the Baptist Pastors' Conference of Baltimore and Vicinity, the United Baptist Missionary Convention of the U.S.A., the Baptist Ministers Noonday Conference, the Baptist Ministers Evening Conference, the National Baptist Congress and the Coalition of Pastors, Ministers and Concerned Citizens of Maryland and Vicinity.
Mr. Harrison held several jobs before his ordination and had worked for nearly 25 years as a cook for the Parks Sausage Co. before retiring in 1983.
After the death of his first wife, the former Sarah Elizabeth Moss, in 1967, he married the former Nina Mae Burrell, who survives him.
Survivors also include four daughters, Tilva Waites and Sharon, Cynthia and Theresa Harrison, all of Baltimore; a son, Albert C. Harrison Jr.; a brother, John Harrison of Baltimore; two sisters, Daisy Harrison of Baltimore and Bessie Leonard of Greenville, S.C.; and six grandchildren.