Robert Huel Harris - Loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and devoted friend.
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Mr. Harris, 82, of Decatur passed away August 2, 2012 at Decatur General Hospital. Mr. Harris was born July 9, 1930 in Columbus, Georgia to Eugene Griffin Harris and Mary E. Thompson Harris. Mr. Harris was raised in Goodwater, Alabama. Mr. Harris was a 1951 graduate of Auburn University with a BS Degree, a 1954 graduate of the University of Alabama with a LL.B. Degree where he was on the Dean's List. He was first in his Class, a member of the Law Review, Farrah Order of Jurisprudence, Order of Coif and admitted to Alabama Bar in 1954. He was a 1955 Graduate of University of Virginia Judge Advocate General School. He served three years in the United States Army beginning in 1954 until being discharged as a Captain in 1957. Mr. Harris has been a member of the First United Methodist Church since 1957. He has been teaching the Men's Bible Class since 1962. He was the Founding Director of the First American Bank and a member of Alabama State Senate from 1966 until 1974. He served on the Auburn University Board of Trustees from 1972 until 1982. Mr. Harris practiced law in Decatur, Alabama since 1957 where he was a partner with the firm of Harris, Caddell & Shanks, PC. Mr. Harris is preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Barnes F. Lovelace III. Survivors include his wife, Betty Sue Harris; Children, Laurie (James) Norman, Amanda Harris Lovelace, Bobbie (Keith) Skelton, Robert Huel (Debra) Harris, Jr. and Parks (Elizabeth) Harris; Grandchildren, Caroline (Steve) Harper, Robert Norman, Wiley Lovelace, Emily (Park)Carrere, Anna (AJ) Oletti and Webb Harris; Great-grandchildren, Mary Emma Harper and Reed Oletti; Brother, Eugene Griffin (Betty) Harris, Jr.; Nephews, Griff (Candy) Harris and Craig (Barbara) Harris.
Funeral service will be Sunday, August 5, 2012 at 3:00 pm at The First United Methodist Church with Dr. Rudy Guess and Reverend Sandra Locke Godbey officiating. There will be a visitation from 1:30pm until 3:00pm in the Fellowship Hall at the church. Burial will follow at Decatur City Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be: Dr. Lloyd Nix, Charles Murphee, Dr. Malcolm Prewitt, McDowell Lee, Sid McDonald, Honorable C.C. Bo Torbert, Tom Caddell, Gary Phillips, Jeff Brown, Johnnie Washburn and Senator Arthur Orr.
Honorary pallbearers will be: The Decatur Golf Group, Wednesday Night Crowd, Founding Directors of First American Bank and Harris Lend-A-Hand Sunday School Class.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to The First United Methodist Church.
Online condolences may be made at www.madisonchapelfuneralhome.com
Published in the Montgomery Advertiser on Aug. 5, 2012