Services for Douglas G. Harris, 75, of Tyler, will be held on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. at the Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home chapel with Dr. Johnny Beard officiating. Interment will be in Bascom Cemetery.
Mr. Harris passed away on Friday, April 4, 2014. He was born Jan. 1, 1939, in Tyler to Roy Gilbert Harris and Sally Ginn Harris. Doug graduated from Chapel Hill High School in 1957. He went on to start and play Apache football at Tyler Junior College under Coach Floyd Wagstaff on the 1957 and 1959 teams. He went into the finance, pawn and furniture businesses. He owned and operated Harris Finance and Furniture Co. in Tyler since 1970.
Doug loved spending time with his family and friends, riding his tractor on the farm, working in the yard, watching a football game or NASCAR and especially listening to his favorite Doo Wop music, which he did constantly. Douglas proudly served his country overseas in the U.S. Army as a military police officer
in Nuremberg, Germany, with the 793rd MP battalion.
Mr. Harris is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Linda K. Harris; two sons, Alan R. Harris, of Tyler, and Joey G. Harris, formerly of Tyler. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Doris Ellen Harris. Pallbearers will be Nip Caldwell, Renny Reed, Barry Dagnel, Don Murphy, Jimmy Murphy and Tommy Tooker. Honorary pallbearers will be the 1957 and 1959 TJC football teams, Larry Atwood, James Finch, Norman Cagle, Dan Seelbach, Edwin Bell, Gary McCaslin, Virgil Mack Bowles, Chick Williams, Randall L. Roberts, Charlie Berkley, Ralph Dickerson and Pete Barnard.
In lieu of the flowers, the family requests memorials be made in honor of Douglas G. Harris to The Hospice of East Texas Foundation or to the Wounded Warriors Project.