Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Southside for Thomas Glen Harris, 83, of Southside, who died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. The Revs. Randall Gay, Scott Hassell and Jeff Bohannon will officiate. Burial will be at Crestwood Cemetery with Masonic graveside rites. Crestwood Memorial Funeral Home will direct services.
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Mr. Harris was a Christian and member of First Baptist Church of Southside. He was also a member of Cedar Bend Masonic Lodge No. 583. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran, having served during the Korean Conflict as an Aircraft Mechanic aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise. He had retired from Republic Steel and Wal-Mart in East Gadsden, where he worked as a people greeter in the Garden Center. He was an avid Alabama fan and a member of the Romeo Coffee Club at Jack's in Southside.
He was preceded in death by his parents, J.C. Harris and Cora Wade Harris.
Tommy was the loving and caring husband of Betty J. Harris for over 59 years. He was a father who was always there for his daughters, Athena (Randall) Gay of Tifton, Ga., Alice Rogers (Frank Rogers) of Southside, Barbara (Mike) Hunt of Coates Bend, and Angela (Phil) Roberts of Anniston. He always enjoyed spending time with and loved his seven granddaughters, Adrienne (Aaron) Salle', Alaina (Jake) Riggs, Amanda Gay, Nikki (Eric) Geloneck, Autumn Hunt, Summer Hunt and Jean-Anne Roberts and his grandson, Joey Rogers. He was also proud of each of his seven great-grandchildren, John Ryan Geloneck, Eryn Geloneck, Evangeline Salle', Annie Salle', Gentry Salle', Brendon Riggs and Gideon Riggs. He is also survived by his sister, Deloris Brothers of Gadsden; brother, Donald (Elaine) Harris of Talladega; several nieces and nephews; and beloved dog, Dolly.
Pallbearers will be his grandson, great-grandson; and grandsons-in-law; and friends.
Honorary pallbearers are members of the Cedar Bend Masonic Lodge No. 583 and Southside Jack's Romeo Club.
The family would like to express their special thanks to Brittany Applegate, who held our Daddy's hand until help arrived; to Gadsden Regional Medical Center Emergency Room Department; and to all medical personnel who assisted our father.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors Fund or First Baptist Church of Southside Youth Fund.
The family will receive friends at the Crestwood Funeral Home this evening from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Mr. Harris will lie in state at the church on Saturday from noon until the hour of service.
Crestwood Memorial Funeral Home - Gadsden
2209 East Broad Street Gadsden, AL 35903
Published in The Gadsden Times from Sept. 26 to Sept. 27, 2013