John B. Harris Jr.

John B. Harris Jr.


John B. Harris, Jr., 92, formerly of Pinecrest Drive, widower of Marian Leake Harris, died Monday, April 8, 2013 at Self Regional Medical Center.

Born in Greenwood, he was a son of the late John B. Harris, Sr. and Mamie Estelle Harris and was raised by his father and stepmother, Ruth Jordan Harris. He was educated in the Greenwood public schools, attended The Citadel, earning his B.S. degree from Clemson University and his M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School. He was a US Army veteran of World War II, serving from 1943-1946 in the European Theatre.

Mr. Harris served as Executive Vice President of Greenwood Mills from 1946-1972. Greenwood Mill's Harris Plant and the Harris community were named for his father. In 1972, he became the manager of Harris Realty Co., where he served as President and Treasurer.

He has served on the Board of Directors for Norfolk and Southern, Duke Energy, Harris Realty Co., Harris Morgan Theaters, Star Enterprises and Star Amusement Co., was past president of the SC Textile Manufacturing Association (1968-69) and was a member of the Rotary Club of Greenwood. In 1958, following in his father's footsteps, he became a lifetime member of the Augusta National Golf Club.

Mr. Harris was a member of Main Street United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by two sons, John B. Harris, III and Roger Peace Harris; his sisters, Mary Harris Roberts, Edna Harris Monroe and Marie Harris Bridges and his brother, James Edward Harris.

Surviving are his daughter, Marian Peace Harris Moore (Michael) and a son, George H. Harris (Cindy); grandchildren, Emily O'Reily Harris Mauney (Matt), Ashley Peace Harris, John Peter Harris, Andrea Harris Cabe (Frank), Genevieve Cahrie Harris, George Jacob Harris and John Palmer Moore; a great granddaughter, Abigail Harris Cabe; his sister-in-law, Genevieve Sakas Manly and a special friend, Mary Turner.

Services will be at 4 p.m. on Thursday at Main Street United Methodist Church with Dr. C. J. Lupo officiating and Dr. Mims Mobley providing a eulogy. A private burial will follow in Edgewood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Michael Moore, Palmer Moore, Jacob Harris, Johnny Harris, Frank Cabe and Don Long.

The family will receive friends in the Trinity Classroom at Main Street United Methodist Church on Thursday from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Main Street United Methodist Church, 211 N. Main Street, Greenwood, SC 29646.

Harley Funeral Home and Crematory ( is in charge of arrangements.


Published in The Greenville News on Apr. 10, 2013