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GEORGE H. HARROD

March 17, 1919 March 24, 2013
GEORGE H. HARROD
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George Henry 'Broome' (great-grandfather’s surname) Harrod, 94, of Huntingtown, Maryland, died March 24, 2013, at his home. Everyone called him Broome. He was born March 17, 1919, to Ethel Gross Harrod and George William Harrod, Sr., on the Neeld Estate in Plum Point, Maryland. He attended school in Calvert County. At an early age, Broome left school to help his family work the farm. As a young man, Broome attended St. Edmonds United Methodist Church in Chesapeake Beach, Maryland. On November 28, 2001, upon request, Broome was baptized at Bethel Way of the Cross Church in Huntingtown. On April 16, 1938, Broome was united in holy matrimony with the late Geneva Green Harrod. God blessed them with 10 children. They had been married 68 years when she died February 17, 2007. He was a tobacco farmer most of his adult life. He also planted and harvested cabbage, kale, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, corn, and beets to feed his family. Additionally, he raised chickens and hogs. He also was a block layer on construction jobs. Broome was blessed with a devoted family. Son Harry and daughter-in-law Goldie, their children, and grandchildren were kind, helpful, and respectful. Harry and Goldie unselfishly shared their home with Broome for more than 40 years. In the last years of his life, Broome especially enjoyed the company of his grandson George 'Rory.' Having Rory around simply lifted his spirits. As his health steadily declined, Broome’s demeanor remained pleasant and humble. He often expressed gratitude and cooperated as best as he physically could with those who assisted with his care. Daughter Carlene was his primary caregiver 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Several others, including granddaughter Glenda, also helped. His children were honored to care for him. Over the years, Broome’s interests included squirrel, rabbit, and raccoon hunting; playing cards and the guitar; attending local baseball games; storytelling; and hanging out with his Plum Point buddies. He will be remembered for his sense of humor. In his younger years, he could be heard saying, 'I’ve got money to burn, but I just don’t like to smell the smoke.' He told his grandson Chuck, 'Son, most people carry money in their pockets. I carry mine in bales and bundles.' He boasted, 'Son, I’m going to be the last one of the older Harrods from Plum Point to live.' He also liked to say, 'I am the greatest.' On the other hand, he had a serious side. In this frame of mind, he stated emphatically, 'I love all my children. Or, 'I’m proud of all my children.' In response to a comment such as I’ll see you tomorrow, he would reply, 'if the Lord says so.' Lastly, he acknowledged, 'God is good!' Asked by a hospital social worker in 2009 if there was anything he would have liked to achieve in his lifetime, he responded, 'I wish I had learned to read and write.' Broome, the remaining member of his immediate family, was predeceased by his parents; wife; siblings: Charles 'Jill' and Chauncey Gross, Milford 'Buster' Jefferson, Marjorie 'Sister' Brooks, Emma Brown, twin William 'Billie' and (twin Wilbur Purvey died in infancy), (Amy Purvey died in infancy), Josephus Purvey, and Weltha 'Birdie' Purvey Pegues. He was also preceded in death by his infant children: George William, Jr., May Peggy, and Douglas and his adult children: Margaret Lorraine Holland and Charles and Almous Harrod. Survivors left to cherish Broome’s memory are his six children: Arlene (Alphonso) Brooks, June Holland, Harry (Goldie) Harrod, Marion (Glenwood) Brooks, Darlene and Carlene Harrod, the three grandchildren he helped raise: Judith (Ken) Plater, Charles 'Chuck,' and Todd (Vanessa) Harrod; two daughters-in-law: Gladys and Goldie; two sons-in-law: Alphonso and Glenwood; and many other grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Previous Events

Visitation

Saturday

30

Mar

10:00 AM 3/30/2013 10:00:00 AM - 11:30 AM 3/30/2013 11:30:00 AM
Bethel Way of the Cross Church

5450 Cherry Hill Road
Huntingtown, MD 20639

Bethel Way of the Cross Church
5450 Cherry Hill Road Huntingtown 20639 MD
United States

Service

Saturday

30

Mar

11:30 AM 3/30/2013 11:30:00 AM
Bethel Way of the Cross Church

5450 Cherry Hill Road
Huntingtown, MD 20639

Bethel Way of the Cross Church
5450 Cherry Hill Road Huntingtown 20639 MD
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Ernestine Jones Cemetery Final Resting Place

3000 Dalrymple Road
Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732

3000 Dalrymple Road Chesapeake Beach 20732 MD
United States
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