Former Houston Chronicle movie critic Eric Harrison will get the funeral he deserves, thanks to the generosity of former colleagues, friends and strangers who have been touched by his story and his contributions to the film industry.
Harrison, who was Chronicle movie critic from 2000-2005, unexpected died of a brain aneurysm at his Houston home last month. He was 57.
He left no life insurance and had no cash on hand, and his family thought they might have to turn to the county for a burial before Joshua Starnes, president of the Houston Film Critics Society, launched a crowdfunding drive to raise $6,000 for Harrison's funeral. Articles in CultureMap, Houstonia magazine and the Houston Press publicized the site and contributions flooded in.
In just a few days, 105 contributors donated $6,390 and one former colleague, now a pastor, has offered her church for the service if the family would like to celebrate his life there.
Harrison's family has tentatively planned the funeral for Dec. 14. Information will be furnished as soon as arrangements are confirmed.
Update: The funeral for Eric Harrison will be held Saturday (Dec. 14) at Pruitt's Morturary, 7518 N. Main Street. Viewing will begin at 8 a.m. with funeral service at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Brookside Memorial Park, 13401 East-Tex Freeway.