Donald Ross Harris, Sr., 92, of Pine Bluff, died Friday, September 18, 2020.
He was born February 19, 1928 in Detroit, Mich., son of William Ross Harris and Kathleen Corruthers Harris.
Don was reared and acquired his early schooling in Detroit, graduating from Busch Excessive Faculty in Middle Line, Mich. Don acquired a baseball scholarship as a pitcher from Michigan State College. After his freshman 12 months he was drafted professionally to play baseball with the St. Louis Browns. Whereas with the St. Louis Browns group, he was assigned to play with the Pine Bluff Judges. Whereas in Pine Bluff he met his future spouse, Mary Leah “Puddin” Hildreth.
When the Korean Battle started, Don was drafted by america Military. After serving for 2 years, he returned to Michigan State College to complete his diploma. All through his time serving within the Military and ending his diploma, Don and Puddin continued to correspond. After ending his diploma, Don returned to Pine Bluff to marry Puddin.
Don started his insurance coverage profession with Metropolitan Life Insurance coverage Firm earlier than accepting a proposal to work with State Farm Insurance coverage Firm in 1967. He served as a state farm agent for 53 years and at all times attributed his success to dwelling by the Golden Rule. Due to his success with State Farm, Don and his household have been blessed to have the ability to journey to over 20 international locations all through the world as a reward for his accomplishments with the corporate. Don was at all times form to everybody he ever met and made many lifelong pals whereas dwelling in Pine Bluff.
He was a trustworthy member of First Presbyterian Church, the place he served as a Deacon, Elder, Sunday Faculty instructor and usher, since 1960. One of many issues he loved most was holding the door for households as they handed from the Sunday Faculty Constructing to the Sanctuary, which he did for roughly 30 years. Don was recognized by his pals and associates as a genuinely humble Christian man.
Due to his love for baseball, Don was a Little League umpire for 32 years at eighth and Oak Area and later at Ed Brown Area till age 70. Don and his spouse, Puddin, beloved watching their sons and their grandchildren play sports activities for a few years.
Don was additionally an energetic 50-year member of the Watson Chapel Lions Membership and was a constitution member of the JRMC Wellness Middle, the place he continued to train till the age of 88. From the time Don arrived in Pine Bluff he lived day by day of his life to be a blessing to everybody that he knew and anybody that he encountered.
Alongside together with his mother and father, Don was preceded in demise by his spouse, Leah “Puddin” Hildreth Harris; brother, Bob Harris; and daughter-in-law, Nancy Harris.
Survivors embrace his 4 sons, Don Harris, Jr. of Pine Bluff, Tom Harris (Susan) of White Corridor, Will Harris of Woodlawn and Brannon Harris of Pine Bluff; brother, Ken Harris of Brownwood, Texas; 11 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and so many different family and friends who thought of Don a pillar of their lives.
Funeral providers will likely be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 23, 2020 within the Chapel of Ralph Robinson and Son with Dr. John Landis officiating. Interment will observe in Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will likely be Tuesday night from 5-7 p.m. at Robinson’s. Masks will likely be required at each occasions and social distancing will likely be inspired.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 717 West 32nd Avenue, Pine Bluff, Ark., 71603.
On-line register: www.ralphrobinsonandson.com.
Printed September 20, 2020
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Ralph Robinson & Son
807 South Cherry Street, P.O. Field 5254, Pine Bluff, AR