William Earl "Bill" Harris, 92, passed away on Sunday, April 20, 2014 in Jacksonville, Texas. William was born on February 6, 1922 to Robert and Hattie Harris in Midlothian, Texas
Bill served his country with honor and distinction in the United States Navy during World War II. Bill would later work as an independent contractor for the Dallas Morning News for 36 years. Bill had many interests in his life, but his greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends. He loved sitting and talking to his children and grandchildren. His open heart, infectious smile and mischievous sense of humor made Bill loved by all. He will truly be missed.
Bill is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Hattie Mae Harris; wife Earlene Harris; brother Robert E. Harris.
Those left to celebrate his life include his sons, Patrick Harris, Robert Harris, Donald Harris, Jeff Harris, Robbie Stout and wife Tricia and his mother Ann Stout; daughter Carol Pearson and husband Jim; grandchildren Holly Bemis and husband Craig, Susanne Barney and husband Rodney, Andrew Harris, Hunter Stout; great-granddaughter, Hailey Bemis; sisters, Margaret King and Ruth Causey; as well as numerous nieces and nephews, extended family, friends and neighbors.
A gathering of family and friends will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Goggans Funeral Home followed by a memorial service at 12:00 p.m. Interment will be at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Grand Prairie, Texas at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Bill's name to the American Legion Post 517 in West Tawakoni, Texas or the Gideon Bible Society.