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Benjamin Hamilton Harris Sr. Obituary
WICOMICO - Benjamin H. Harris, Sr., 94, left his earthly home and departed to his last duty station his Eternal Heavenly home, on Sunday, March 16, 2014 surrounded by his adoring family. Ben was born in Gloucester, VA on January 25, 1920 to the late John (Jack) William Harris and Grace Elizabeth Hogge Booker Harris. He married the late Ruby Vernelle Marshall in March 1940 and was a member of Providence Baptist Church. Serving in WW II, he was a decorated veteran serving his country in Europe as a combat infantryman with Company M, 22nd Infantry, 4th Division, U. S. Army. Among his medals and awards, he received the Bronze Star Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge with Cluster, European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Combat Infantrymen's Badge and American Campaign Medal. Ben retired from the Naval Weapons Station as an auto mechanic and inspector. At one period in his life, he used his talents as an auto mechanic making sure the church bus was running smoothly and in fine operating shape. In addition, he drove the bus to pick up members who otherwise would not have gotten to church. Leaving behind to cherish his memories are his two sons Benjamin H. Harris, Jr. (Margaret) and Ronald S. Harris (Mary); a grandson, Matthew Wade Harris; great grandson, Nicholas Thomas Wade Harris; a sister, Nora Thompson and brother, Robert (Bobby). In addition, a host of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Ruby Vernelle Marshall and a son, Richard Hamilton Harris. Predeceased members of his family include brothers and sisters Herman, Willard, Erby, Rudolph, Virginia Miffleton and Clifford; half brothers and sisters Earnest, Mary, Maggie, Franklin, Bettye and Ella. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at Hogg Funeral Home, Gloucester Point. Services in celebration of his life officiated by Reverend Dr. Richard Croxton will be held on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of the Hogg Funeral Home followed by burial in Rosewell Memorial Gardens Cemetery with military honors. In Ben's memory, memorial contributions may be made to the Men's Bible Class, Providence Baptist Church, 3501 Providence Road, Hayes, Virginia 23072.
Published in Daily Press from Mar. 18 to Mar. 19, 2014
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