Harold Bristol

Harold James Bristol

June 24, 1939 - September 5, 2020
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Obituary of Harold James Bristol
What matters most in life?
For Harold, it was faith and family. Born in Alpine Township to Eldon and Mabel (Hindenlang)
Bristol on June 24, 1939, he became a Christian at a young age while attending Englishville
Baptist Church. His father worked at the Muskegon Piston Ring Company in Sparta and his
mother was a Sunday school teacher. He was the youngest of three sons, his brothers were Ed
and Erwin. Harold’s parents and brothers preceded him in death.
After graduating from Sparta High School’s class of ‘57, Harold attended the Flint Institute of
Barbering. During this time, his cousin June, played matchmaker as he began dating the love of
his life, Faye Ann Fullmer, of Sparta. The couple wed on April 25th, 1959. After a Smokey
Mountain honeymoon, they settled into married life in Sparta, raising their family.
Harold built and operated the Varsity Barber Shop in Sparta for over 40 years until his
retirement. While barbering, he also got his real estate license. In the early 1960s, he was a
leader of the Boys Brigade at Sparta Baptist Church. He later served the community during the
1980s as a member of the Sparta Township Zoning Board until he moved back to Alpine
Township, to a new home on the Mill Creek his old stomping grounds while growing up.
Through out his life, Harold lived his faith. He knew the little things - like taking grandchildren out
for a treat - can make a big impact in their lives because it’s the time invested in others that
makes all the difference... in their lives and his.
After several years of declining health, Harold peacefully slipped into eternal life with family by
his side on September 5th, 2020, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A private service for immediate
family will be held with a memorial service to follow at a later date.
Harold is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Faye Ann, as well as their five children who will
always cherish his memory: Loretta and Steve Baughan of Merrill, Wisconsin; Lynda and David
Freeman of Comstock Park, Michigan; Larry Bristol of St Petersburg, Florida; Art and Corey
Ledin-Bristol of Greenville, Michigan; and Lee and Holly Bristol of Kent City, Michigan. He was
adored by his grandchildren: Sabrina Baughan, Dustin Baughan, Joshua Baughan; Tiffany
Freeman; David and Jackie Freeman; Noah Bristol; Jonathan Bristol; Leah Bristol; Katie Bristol;
Jared Bristol; River and Jacob Couturier. Harold also leaves three great-grandchildren: Josiah,
Caleb, and Shane Freeman. He also is survived by his sister-in-law, Ethel Bristol Gilbert, of
Comstock Park.
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    Alpine Pine Grove Cemetery
    6200 Vinton NW
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ROBIN watson

Posted at 05:50pm
My prayers go out to all of the Bristol family in the loss of Harold🙏 I worked for Harold for awhile at the Varsity Barber Shop. He was an amazing boss! May you rest in peace Harold🙏
Robin Reuss

Jim Punches

Posted at 03:41pm
Harold was my barber from 1963 to 1988 until we moved from Sparta to Rockford area. So sorry for your loss. Even today when I visit downtown Sparta and see the Varsity Shop building, I think of Harold and am reminded of many pleasant visits there.

Larry Carter

Posted at 05:26pm
Condolences to the family. Harold was a staple just off Main Street and at church. May you grieve well for this family man Godly man, and a good barber.

Tina Hicks Posted at 07:45pm

I worked with Harold in his barber shop. I have thought of him so often. What a genuinely kind, considerate, generous and truly wonderful man. I actually looked up his phone number about a month ago. Now I wish I had called. I hold the memory in my heart. I am so sorry to the family for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Tina Hicks

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