Charles Edgar Harris Jr., 73, of Lenoir City died Thursday, Nov. 14, in his home surrounded by his loving family after a short battle with cancer.
Born to C.E. and Dorothy Harris of Knoxville on Oct. 19, 1940, he grew up on Fairmont Boulevard. Later he graduated from Fulton High School in Knoxville where he played in the band. He loved music and performed with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and sang with the Knoxville Choral Society at the age of 17.
A proud member of the United States Marine Corps, he served his country for four years. While in the USMS, he married Joyce Ann Kirkham on April 8, 1961 in Knoxville. In 1972, Ed and Joyce moved their family to McMinnville. Ed worked with his brother, Bill Harris, to found Central Oil Company.
He served as McMinnville City Alderman, Vice Mayor, and was on the board of Warren County Hospital. They later moved back to Knoxville to be closer to both of their parents before moving to Lenoir City in 2009. He leaves behind his wife of 52 years, Joyce Ann Kirkham Harris.
His surviving children include Randall (Tammy) Harris of Bell Buckle; Beth Ann Brown (Mark) of McMinnville; Michael Alan Harris (late Donna Cantrell Harris) of Knoxville; and Angie Harris Gordy (Scott) of Lenoir City. He has 12 grandchildren, Amanda, Jack, Nick, and Luke Harris; Robbie (Lindsey), Susie, and Christopher Brown; Katie Harris; and Andrew and Matthew Gordy and Cole and Wil Monahan. Other family include his brother, Bill Harris and wife, Donna of McMinnville, Ron and Mary Jane Kirkham of Knoxville, and Doug and Terri Money of Elizabethton.
The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel located at 6200 Kingston Pike in Knoxville, followed by a service to Celebrate Ed’s life at 2 p.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be sent to Elim Fellowship, 1703 Dalton Road, Lima, N.Y. 14485 for Komamboga Children’s Home in Memory of Ed Harris. Online condolences may be extended at www.rosemortuary.com.
Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel, 6200 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) Nov. 15, 2013