McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

July 16, 2013

Earl L. Harris Sr.


Submitted report

McALESTER — Earl L. Harris Sr., 82, of Canadian, died Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at Jack C. Montgomery Veterans Administration Medical Center in Muskogee.

Funeral services were Monday at Chaney’s Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Brent Jarrett and the Rev. Keith Kinnamon officiating. Burial was at Oak Hill Cemetery in McAlester. Military honors were provided by Choctaw Nation Honor Guard. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Chaney-Harkins Funeral Home of McAlester.

Born Sept. 10, 1930, in McAlester, he was the son of Benjamin H. and Minnie Mae (Pusley) Harris. He attended McAlester Schools before serving in the United States Army as a paratrooper during World War II.

He married JoAnn James and she preceded him in death in 1976. He worked as a carpenter, working with wood and glass and made furniture. He retired from Underground Utilities in Longview, Texas where he worked as a truck driver.

He enjoyed wood working and working with leather. He married Tommie Bilberry on Sept. 13, 1996, in McAlester.

He attended Canadian Shores Free Will Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Tommie Harris, of the home; daughters, Helen “Sissy” Wichert and husband, Greg, of Fairview, and Tommye “Snookie” Harris, of Canadian Shores; sons, David E. Harris and wife, Debbie, Fair Hope, Ala., Benjamin “Benji” Harris, of McAlester, and Earl “Buster” Harris Jr., of McAlester.

Also, grandchildren, Josh Harris, Jordan Harris, Michael Nazworth, Michelle Simms, Sherri Copeland, Kerri Copeland, Crystal Brown, Chris Short, Melissa and Terri, and Harley Harris; numerous great-grandchildren; six stepchildren; numerous stepgrandchildren; sisters, Margaret Autrey, Helen Crafts and husband. Doyle, and other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin and Minnie Harris; wife, JoAnn Harris; daughter, Katherine Ann Phillips, and son-in-law, Shannon Phillips; grandchildren, Timothy and Tiffanie Phillips; brother, Kenneth E. Harris; stepdaughters, Linda Luman and Sandra K. Hale, and brother-in-law, Pete Autrey.

Pallbearers were Mike Nazworth, Chris Short, Josh Harris, Jordan Harris, Matt Brown and Gully Taylor.

Honorary pallbearers were Bryan Hardin, Zach Betchol and Joseph Adkins.