William C Harold Jr. was born to William C Harold and Pauline Williams on November 15, 1941 in Cleveland, Ohio. He was the eldest of 2 children (brother John V. Harold Sr) He completed 10 years of schooling and decided he wanted to serve in the Armed Services. He enlisted in the Army at the young age of 18. And later the Air Force. He was a paramedic. He spent many of his years in the Air Force Reserves and also served in Desert Storm. His active and reservist military career spanned over 30 plus years.
In August of 1962 he married Gloria Frazier. Together they parented 3 children, Leander, LaCreatia and William C. Harold III.
William was loved by many. Many of his friends would call him Harold. He later was given the name “Deacon” by some of his homies. Harold was a man of many talents. He took to the boxing ring spending long hours down at Matt Dishman Community Center in Northeast Portland. He was a singer and often talks about taking the stage at the Cotton Club. Harold loved fashion. If he had an engagement to attend, he would prepare 24 hours in advance. Every Suit, every Italian leather shoe, every cuff link, every tie with matching pocket square, every matching sock, watch and tie pin was all neatly laid out.
His family was his first love. But everyone knows his second love. Those Portland Trailblazers, those were his boys! He could tell you anything you needed to know about those boys. When he wasn’t decked out in suit fashion, you better believe he had that red and black on. He had his Blazer watch, water bottle, and hats in every color. His most recent addition was his leather blazer bomber jacket. During the winter he was trying to style in that bomber jacket rather than be practical in his winter coat.
Harold had a couple other favorites in his life. If it was fast food, please get him a Number 1 from Burger King. He shared his love of chocolate with his granddaughter WaNaya, Hershey’s with Almonds for him and plain chocolate for her. He loved being pampered and spent hours at the Spa with his granddaughters getting his nails and feet done.
He took to the road as a truck driver. Putting on many miles. He retired from Teamsters but couldn’t sit idle and came out of retirement and began another career as a School bus driver.
Harold was called to the ministry and ordained a Minister of the gospel in 1996. He loved his family and he Loved the Lord. He was a member of the Greater Faith Missionary Baptist Church.
In 2005 he married Annie Bounds and adopted her family into his life.
His parents proceeded him in death as well as his wife Annie Harold. He leaves to cherish his memory, Brother, John V. Harold Sr, Children, Leander Harold-Golden (Stacey); LaCreatia Denise Howard (Jeffrey S Howard Sr); William C Harold III; Stepchildren, Christopher Bounds (Salvie), Garland Bounds; Rose Bams; Judy Williams (Thomas Williams Sr); Janelle Gaston (Michael); Gary Bounds and a host of Nieces, Nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
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