HARRIS, CHARLES EDGAR, JR. - age 73, of Lenoir City, passed away Thursday, November 14, 2013, in his home after a short battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family when he went to be with his Heavenly Father. Born to C.E. and Dorothy Harris of Knoxville on October 19, 1940, he grew up on Fairmont Boulevard. Later he graduated from Fulton High School in Knoxville where he played in the band. Ed loved music and performed with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and sang with the Knoxville Choral Society at the age of 17. A proud member of the United States Marine Corps, Ed served his country with honor and dignity for four years. While in the USMS, he married Joyce Ann Kirkham on April 8, 1961, in Knoxville. In 1972, Ed and Joyce moved their family to McMinnville Tennessee. Ed worked with his brother, Bill Harris, to found Central Oil Company. Ed also served as McMinnville City Alderman, Vice Mayor, and on the board of Warren County Hospital. They later moved back to Knoxville to be closer to both of their parents before moving to Lenoir City in 2009. Ed leaves behind his wife of fifty-two years, Joyce Ann Kirkham Harris. His surviving children include Randall (Tammy) Harris of Bell Buckle, Tennessee, Beth Ann Brown (Mark) of McMinnville, Tennessee, Michael Alan Harris (late Donna Cantrell Harris) of Knoxville, Tennessee, and Angie Harris Gordy (Scott) of Lenoir City, Tennessee. Ed has twelve grandchildren, Amanda, Jack, Nick, and Luke Harris, Robbie (Lindsey), Susie, and Christopher Brown, Katie Harris, and Andrew and Matthew Gordy and Cole and Wil Monahan. Other family includes his brother, Bill Harris and wife Donna of McMinnville, Ron and Mary Jane Kirkham of Knoxville, and Doug and Terri Money of Elizabethton. Ed Harris was a loving man of integrity and character. His family and friends will miss him dearly. The family will receive friends from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 16, 2013, at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel located at 6200 Kingston Pike in Knoxville, followed by a service to celebrate Ed's life at 2:00 p.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be sent to Elim Fellowship, 1703 Dalton Road, Lima, New York 14485 for Komamboga Childrens Home in Memory of Ed Harris. Online condolences may be extended at www.rosemortuary.com. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel, 6200 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, Tennessee.
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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from Nov. 15 to Nov. 16, 2013