OWENSBORO - Harris, Everett Earl Jr., Mr. Harris's life began in Cloverport, KY, on January 26, 1925 and came to an end on November 6, 2012 at Baptist Health in Madisonville, KY.
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Lovingly known as Kracker, he was the son of Everett Harris Sr. and Della Lively Swedenburg.
He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the USS Capps DD-550. Overcoming many hardships and obstacles, Kracker realized his lifelong dream of working, raising a family and retiring to Kentucky Lake. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed guiding others on Kentucky Lake for fourteen years. He enjoyed watching baseball, basketball, playing cards with an occasional hand of poker, attending Father-Daughter Banquets and reunions with former shipmates. Kracker lived life to the fullest with a contagious sense of humor and a strong work ethic which he instilled in his children along with a love of our country.
He was a member of Wesleyan Heights United Methodist Church, Briensburg Masonic Lodge and the American Legion. He received an honorary diploma from Pellville High School. Preceding him in death is his wife of 64 years, Helen Hess Harris; and a brother, George Harold Harris.
Left to cherish his memory are his sons, Frank Harris and Richard (Susie) Harris of Owensboro; daughters, Christine (Billy Ray) Cartwright of Louisville and Betty Kay (Ronald) Jones of Kuttawa, KY; grandchildren, Darren (Kathy) Harris of Wichita, KS, Ronald (LeAnne) Walling of Palmer, AK, Christopher Walling of Reynolds Station, KY, Sarah (Byron) Mills of Owensboro and Rachel (Rick) Latanzio of Owensboro; great-grandsons, Brandon Harris, Aaron, Asa and A.J. Walling; great- granddaughter, Avery Harris; special nieces, Bobbie Hess of Lewisport, Mary Hess of Dale, IN and Kelly Turner of Campbellsville; nephews, Mike Hess of Atlanta and Robbie Harris of Campbellsville; and numerous cousins.
The family will receive visitors from 1-2 p.m. Saturday at Haley-McGinnis & Owensboro Funeral Home with memorial services to begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Western Kentucky Veterans Center, 926 Veterans Drive, Hanson, KY. 42413. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
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Haley-McGinnis & Owensboro Funeral Home
519 Locust Street
Owensboro, KY 42301
Published in The Courier-Journal on Nov. 8, 2012