Claude J. Harris, age 89, of Bethlehem died Thursday, October 24, 2013 after an extended illness.
Claude proudly served his country during WWII as did his older siblings; sister, Julia; and brothers, Hugh and Bobby. He was a machine gunner in Fox Company 2nd Battalion Striking 9th Marine Regiment. He received a Purple Heart after being wounded in combat at Iwo Jima. He truly loved this country.
After the war, Claude worked with his brother Bobby as respected brick masons before beginning a long career as one of the pioneers of AFLAC. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Winder. He also was a member of the Carter Hill Masonic Lodge and American Legion Post 53.
Claude's robust sense of humor and optimistic, outgoing personality made him one of a kind. He enjoyed a good joke, storytelling and discussing politics with his friends at McDonalds for many years. Claude loved quail hunting and raising bird dogs. He enjoyed a good western and was a fan of the Atlanta Braves, UGA football, and Western Carolina baseball. A devoted family man, Claude deeply loved his wife and daughters, and was an inspiration to his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by: his parents, Robert and Claudia Johnson Harris; brothers, Dana, Hugh, and Bobby Harris; and sister, Julia Isaac.
Survivors include: his wife of 63 years, Harriet Harris of Bethlehem; daughters, Marianne "Petey" (Frankie) Green of Monroe and Kathy Anderson of Lawrenceville; sister, Martha Sue (George) Breedlove of Winder; four grandchildren, Zack Green, Katie Krista, and Korey Anderson; and a host of nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be held in the chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Saturday, October 26 with the Rev. John Richardson officiating. Interment will follow at Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O Box 758517 Topeka, KS 66675 www.woundedwarriorproject.org
Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published in BarrowCountyNews from Oct. 25 to Nov. 24, 2013