James C. "Big Jim" Harris
Monday, August 15, 2016 10:41 am
James C. "Big Jim" Harris, age 84 of Nashville, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on August 12, 2016. He was born in Murfreesboro, the adored son of the late Howard and Gladys Williams Harris. After graduating Lascassas High School, he joined the United States Air Force to see the world.
A 20 year Air Force veteran, he proudly served his country in occupied Germany and during the Korean and Vietnam wars. He later worked for the United States Postal Service, retiring in 1992 after 20 years of service.
Big Jim was passionate about many things; including his politics, as a proud Yellow Dog Democrat, fishing, eating fried green tomatoes, good practical jokes, and most importantly, getting a "good deal"! He was truly one of a kind and will be missed by all who knew him.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Margaret Shipp Harris, daughters, Kathy Juarez and husband Fred of Shertz, TX, Jamie Jones and husband John of Berea, KY; a son, Keith Harris and wife Irma of Nashville; five grandchildren, Danielle, Amy, Valerie, Katie, and Benjamin; five great-grandchildren and sisters, Lorene Givens of Nashville and Clara Arnold of Lascassas. A beloved son, Kevin Harris preceded him in death in 1988 while serving as a missionary in Brazil.
The family would be honored for you to join us to celebrate Big Jim's life by sharing your special memories and stories. A visitation will be Wednesday night from 4:00 until 8:00 pm at Woodfin Memorial Chapel. Funeral services will be 11:00am Thursday at Woodfin Memorial Chapel with Charles McKnight officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Roselawn Memorial Gardens.
The family requests memorials be made to help Vietnam veterans by giving to the Tennessee Fisher House Foundation, P.O. Box 774, Brentwood, TN 37024-0774. An online guestbook is available for the Harris family at www.woodfinchapel.com