Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

March 27, 2014

Roy Harris

Corsicana Daily Sun

— Mr. Roy Harris, 83, passed away March 26, 2014 in Tyler.

He was born March 21, 1931, in Athens to Ed and Annie Mae Burden Harris, and had been a resident of Athens most of his life.

Roy had been owner and operator of Harris Furniture since 1967. He was a Board of Director member of the local Kiwanis this year. He had been a member of Athens Kiwanis 47 years with perfect attendance. His pride and joy was cooking pancakes. He was inspirational in getting the Splash Pad at Kiwanis Park. Roy was always a fixture of downtown Athens sitting at his store front drinking coffee and visiting with everyone that came. He never met a stranger.

 He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Ed Harris, half- sister Gussie Flowers, half -brother Omar Harris.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years Frances Harris, Athens; daughters Diana Shytles and husband Preston, Corsicana, Tina Rose and husband Kim, Athens; brother Ervin Matthews, Malakoff; nephews T. Wayne Harris, Phil Harris; nieces Sheila Harris, Sue Michaels, Bessie Rawls and special friends David Maskarinec and Yolanda, Irving.

Funeral services are 3 p.m. Sunday, March 30, 2014, at First Assembly of God with the Rev. Ken Jones and Lavelle Layfield officiating. Interment will follow in Athens Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Adam Davis, Bill Casey, John Key III, Gerald McCool, Charles Ray, Don Geddie.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Athens Kiwanis Club.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Athens Kiwanis Club, P O Box 22, Athens, Texas 75751.

An online guest book is available at by selecting the Roy Harris obituary.

Arrangements by Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home, Athens.