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PAUL EDWARD HARRIS, age 80, passed away on Wednesday October 28, 2009 after a brief illness. He was preceded in death by his sisters Elizabeth Pearson and Virginia Harris, and his son John Stuart Harris. He is survived by his son Steven B. Harris, his daughter Elizabeth Nelson, adoptive brother William Evans, daughter in law Julie Harris, grandchildren Ashley Mullen, Stephanie Thorwegen, Taylor South, Hampton Nelson, Mead Scofield, Erin Scofield and Lindley Scofield, great-grandchildren Serenity Thorwegen and John ThorwegenBorn in Pawhuska, Oklahoma in 1929, Paul became every bit the "self-made" man; a giant in life, in both stature and accomplishment. From age 14, when both of his parents died unexpectedly, he made his way through life with a single-minded determination to succeed. To say he accomplished that goal would be a singularly profound understatement. Intelligent, gregarious, forceful, sometimes outrageous, and always generous to a fault, he was a wonderful father and grandfather and an extraordinarily skilled trial lawyer who devoted his considerable talents, humor and energies over a 42-year legal career to cases and clients great and small. He was a gifted mentor to dozens of young lawyers and others he encountered in life, a devoted father and a beloved grandfather who always gave his undivided attention and support to his children and grandchildren. He often invited his grandchildren to sit on his knee and "tell him a story." The best story told, was his own.In seeming contradiction to his larger than life personality and stubborn independence, he always had a soft spot for the underdog and frequently went out of his way to help others, often very quietly, if he thought life had dealt them less than a fair shot. In addition to countless acts of individual kindness over the years, he was also an enthusiastic supporter of numerous charities, including St. Francis Episcopal Church and Boys' and Girls' Country.A memorial service for immediate family and close friends will be held on Saturday October 31 at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Houston. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to VICTORY-ACS ( ) P.O. Box 572915 Houston, Texas 77257-2915 in his name. Arrangements are under the direction of Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home and Cemetery, 18000 I-45 South, The Woodlands, TX 77384.

Published in Houston Chronicle on Oct. 30, 2009
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