Garry Lynn Harris
MANSFIELD: Garry Harris led a storybook life. Like the plot of a children's book, Garry's life started with challenges, and was transformed when he accepted Christ, and his "lived happily ever after" started when he met his princess…at church of all places.
A true prince of a man, Garry won his spiritual battle against evil, even while losing an earthly battle against cancer. He went to be embraced by the Lord Monday morning from Hospice of North Central Ohio. He was 69.
Born June 17, 1944 to Carl and Treva (Hawkins) Harris, Garry was graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1964, and went on to study at North Central State College. Though no institution of higher education would confer it, Garry earned his PhD in Carpentry. His tools were a natural extension of his hands. He operated Atlas Construction, a general contracting business for 30 years, and loved to shape a piece of wood into an object of beauty, just like "his boss", a Jewish Carpenter had done with Garry's own life.
Garry's legacy is how he poured himself into others. A member of Crossroads Community Church, he served on the Kindness In Action ministry, volunteered at the Resource Center and on mission trips to Mexico and Russia, but really shined in his role as the "hands and feet of Christ." Garry quietly learned of a practical need, and personally fixed home repairs for numerous people in need.
A NASCAR fan, Garry raced motorcycles professionally in his youth, and had a patriotic streak that ran deep.
In truth there were two Garry Harris': the Garry before meeting Christ and the Garry after accepting Christ. He became a man of strength and humility, whose confidence in God was anchored solid in the rock of Christ Jesus.
He is survived by his wife Carol (Brown) Harris, whom he married July 8, 2000; a son Ben (Hannah) Harris of Bucyrus; grandsons Joey Harris and Joshua Harris; brother John (Carol) Trelease of Mansfield; and a sister Brenda (Darle) Hoover of Auburndale, FL; and nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister Joy Arnold.
The Harris family will receive friends Friday, May 30, 2014 from 3 to 7 p.m. in Crossroads Community Church, 1188 Park Avenue West, Mansfield. A worship service celebrating God's gift of Garry Harris will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in the church building. Pastor Ron Biddle will lead the service. Burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park. The Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is serving the Harris family.
Memorial contributions to Asia's Hope, to benefit orphanages in Cambodia, may be made at the calling hours. Condolences to the Harris family made be made online at: SnyderFuneralHome.com