Last Ride of Thunder

Last Ride of Thunder

by April 28, 2015

Last Ride of Thunder
Rusty “Shakedown” Harrison

Story by: Constance M. Drew
Round Rock, Texas
Photos: Jennifer Simmons & Rusty Harrison

As the publisher of Southern Steel magazine, I find myself “virtually” meeting new folks on a weekly basis. One such meeting that will touch my life forever is that with Shakedown. Back in October when we officially published our first issue, Rusty “Shakedown” Harrison emailed an article to one of my team members. Though it was forwarded to me, it got lost in the shuffle for a few months. Then, I started chatting on Facebook with Rusty. I recall the day in January when we chatted after he just got back from laying his young friend Hunter Noak to rest. I could tell he was heartbroken, so I asked him if he would like to send me an article to publish in honor of Hunter. He sent me the article and a few short weeks later, we chatted again about his coming aboard the magazine as a monthly writer. Little did I know that would be our last conversation before he and Hunter would be riding together again.
On Wednesday, March 11th, my niece Gina tagged me in a Facebook post about an oilfield worker near Hobbs, NM being killed in an explosion. My heart literally sank when I realized it was none other than Rusty. I admit, I shed some hearty tears and continued the day with a lump in my throat.
The articles he submitted are following this one in the magazine. Even though it is proper publishing to put (deceased) next to an author’s name that has passed before us, I just can’t quite do that yet for Rusty.
Though I never met you in person my brother, I felt I had made a lifelong friend. You are missed. Rev it up with Hunter and Thunder through the heavens.


James “Rusty Shake-Down” Harrison
Chapel of Hope

James “Rusty Shake-Down” Harrison, 35, was born October 18, 1979 in Andrews, TX to Daniel and Clyta “Kathy” Harrison. He passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2015 in near Jal, NM.

He was a loving father and brother and never met a stranger. He could always cheer up the grumpiest person. Rusty was a good listener and a good best friend to many and was always there when you needed him. He will be missed by all that knew him.

Rusty is survived by his girlfriend, Jennifer and her boys Coby, Dalynm and Trever Cunningham of Hobbs and his daughters Katie and Dawn Harrison, two brothers; Jimmy Harrison of Hobbs and Marty Harrison of Eunice, NM, his nephews; little Jim and Zachary Carter, one granddaughter; Halynn Simmons and daughter-in-laws, Haley Powell and Cassandra. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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