A Memorial Service honoring the life of Frank Lee Harris, Jr. will be held at 2 o'clock on Friday, April 19, 2013 at Sherman Bible Church.|
Frank went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at his home in Sherman, Texas, following many years of battling heart disease. He was born on May 19, 1934 to Frank Lee Harris, Sr. and Mona Skinner Harris in Dallas, Texas. He had one older sister, Shirley Harris Craycroft, who preceded him in death.
He attended school in Dallas and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1952. He served in the U.S. Navy in San Francisco and Guam.
In 1962, he married Ann Walker in Lufkin, Texas. At that time he was a special agent with Floyd West and Co., Insurance Managers, and continued with them as agent and manager in Ft. Worth, Waco, and San Antonio. In 1969, he and Ann moved to Sherman, joining his father in his independent insurance agency. He continued in the insurance business as a CPCU until 2001. He also was a licensed real estate broker and managed a group of real estate investors in commercial real estate, having properties in Sherman, the Dallas metroplex, Wisconsin, and Colorado. He continued until liquidating in 2007.
Frank spent many years in public service. He served on the Sherman City Council, Board of Directors of the Grayson County Airport, Texoma Regional Planning Commission, President of North Texas Insurance Agents, Chairman of Friends Division of Austin College, Chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, Board of Directors of the Sherman Boys Club, Chairman of the United Fund Individual and Industrial Division, Division Director Industrial Development Committee, Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors of the Bearcat Booster Club, and Board of Directors of Young Life. He received honors from the National Executive Council Aetna Life and Casualty Company, Effective Leadership Award from Sherman Chamber of Commerce, and Boss of the Year from the Insurance Women of Grayson County.
He loved spending time with his family and friends, teaching his boys to fish, snow ski, water ski, play golf and recording all of their sports events through junior high and high school. He yearly took friends and family to Colorado to ski and to various golfing destinations.
He was a founding member of Sherman Bible Church where he has faithfully served in many areas for the past 41 years. One of his greatest joys was being involved in growth and outreach in Christian service and fellowship.
He is survived by his wife, Ann, of 50 years; sons, Frank Harris III, Howard Walker Harris, and Larry Thomas Harris; daughters-in-law, Salina Harris, Jennifer Harris, and Kimberly Harris; and seven grandchildren. He is also survived by numerous in-laws and their children and grandchildren.
Memorial gifts may be made to Sherman Bible Church, Dallas Theological Seminary, Grayson County Home Hospice, or a
Published in The Herald Democrat on Apr. 18, 2013