Jack Raymond Harris

Thursday, January 27, 2005

JACK RAYMOND HARRIS, a resident of Berryville, Arkansas, was born November 21, 1925, in Lancaster, California, a son of Ray Henry and Josephine Irene (Thornton) Harris. He departed this life Wednesday, January 19, 2005, in Berryville at the age of 79.

Mr. Harris attended the Southern Heights Baptist Church in Berryville and was a member of the American Legion. He served with the United States Air Force. In World War II, Jack was a nose gunner in a B24 bomber in the 8th Air Force. He flew 27 raids over Germany from an airfield in Norwich, England. It was the coldest winter in 50 years. The surviving members of his crew meet regularly for reunions.

Jack attended his first school in the Shady Grove Community near Berryville, spent some years in Burley, Ida., and then returned to Berryville High School, where he was involved in sports. He served as co-captain of the football team during his senior year. He served five years on the school board and has lived at his residence on Highway 21 North since May 6, 1949, where he raised cattle and poultry.

On June 28, 1945, he was united in marriage with Lee Jane (Russell) Harris who survives him of the home. He is also survived by his son, Jim Harris of Rogers, Arkansas; two daughters, Nancy George of Blue Eye, Missouri, and Jan E. Harris of Berryville; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; other relatives; and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Josephine Harris; two sons; and one brother.

Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 21, 2005, at the Charles M. Nelson Memorial Chapel in Berryville with Rev. Dean Smith and Rev. Ray Edwards officiating. Interment followed the service in the Berryville Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service. Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com.