Joe D. Harris, 93, departed this life peacefully Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at an Azle hospital. Funeral: 11 a.m. Wednesday in Biggers Funeral Chapel. Interment: Nelson Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Biggers Funeral Home. Joe was born Jan. 20, 1919, in Wise County to parents, Barney and Maud Harris. He was a World War II
Navy veteran and a member of the Briar Church of Christ. He retired on Dec. 31, 1982, as a lieutenant after 35 years of service with the Fort Worth Fire Department. He was an avid fisherman and gardner and enjoyed sharing fruits of his labor with relatives and friends. He and Ann were well known for entertaining friends with fish fries and barbecues at their home. Joe was a wonderful cook. Joe was well known as a successful businessman in and around the Azle area for many years. He served on the board at Shady Oaks Bank in Lake Worth. Over the years, he got pleasure in helping people in need who were down on their luck. Joe will be missed by all who knew him. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Mildred Williamson and Marguerite Ash; and a brother, Harry Harris Sr. Survivors: Wife of 60 years, Ann Tipton Harris; daughter, Lorie; grandson, Brad; sisters, Billie Rycroft and Bonnie Jessup. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews; extended family; and a host of friends.