Mr. Donald Hugh “Donnie” Harris, 77 of Blackshear, passed away Sunday morning, July 21, 2019 at the Memorial Medical Center in Savannah following a sudden illness.
Born in Jacksonville, FL on January 5, 1942, he had lived in Pierce County most of his life. Mr. Harris was a 1960 graduate of Blackshear High School where he had served as the class president and went on to serve in the National Guard for 8 years. He had worked for the Georgia Department of Transportation for several years followed by owning his own insurance agency, working at Walker-Jones as a salesman, owning and operating B & D Motors, and then retiring from the City of Blackshear where he had been the Public Works Superintendent. His hobbies were playing golf, deer hunting, working in his shop, and going to the “OP” on afternoons to visit with his buddies. Mr. Harris was a member of First Baptist Church and the Misfits Sunday school class. He loved to laugh, enjoyed life, and was friendly to everyone he met. His family and his pet dog, Chief, were greatly loved by him.
He was a son of the late Owen Edmund Harris and Sally Mildred Tanner Harris Dixon. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Owen “Tink” Harris.
Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Eris Barber Harris of Blackshear; three daughters, Melanie Harris, Andrea Boatright, and Sally Harris all of Blackshear; a son, Cole Harris of Blackshear; a sister, Dianne (Terrell) Davis of Blackshear; a brother, Ted (Jeanette) Harris of Brunswick; a sister-in-law, Nelda Harris of Valdosta; 3 grandchildren, Will (Tori) Ritch, Harris Ritch, and Maggie Boatright; 2 great grandchildren, Bennett Ritch and Brysen Ritch; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Funeral services for Mr. Harris will be held Wednesday afternoon, July 24, 2019, at 4:00 o’clock from the First Baptist Church.
Interment will be in the Blackshear Cemetery.
Visitation for Mr. Harris will be held Tuesday evening from 6 until 9 at the funeral home.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Misfits Sunday school class, the “OP” gang, members of the American Legion Post 181, members of the Blackshear High School class of 1960, and members of the McDonald’s Coffee Group. Please meet at the church by 3:30 on Wednesday afternoon.
The family kindly requests memorials be made to First Baptist Church. 670 Main St., Blackshear, GA 31516.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of the arrangements.