March 30, 1940 - Dec 22, 2012 MARIETTA Billy Ray Harris, age 72, died in Oklahoma City on December 22, 2012, after struggling with COPD for many years. Bill was born on March 30, 1940, in Gracemont, OK to William L. Harris and Myrtle L. (Harris) Jones. He is survived by his stepmother, Alluwee Harris, of Lexington, OK; sister and brother-in-law, Mary Lou and Sonny Thomas, of El Reno, OK; stepsister and brother-in-law, Delcine and James Parker, of Lexington, OK; former wife, Katie Harris, of Dallas, TX; daughter and son-in-law, Tammy and John James, of Atlanta, GA; and daughter and son-in-law, Jill and Clint Pitzer, of Oklahoma City, OK. He is also survived by his eight grandchildren: Kat, Drew, Ali, Kennie and Maggie James, of Atlanta, GA; and Anna, Caroline and Sarah Jane Pitzer, of Oklahoma City, OK. They were his pride and joy. He was excited about the upcoming birth of his first great-grandchild, Ansley Hope. He is also survived by his best dog, J.J. He was also blessed with many nieces, nephews and wonderful friends. Bill enjoyed his work of 34 years with the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the United States Parole Commission. His passion in life was playing and watching golf. He enjoyed his last years living on the golf course at Falconhead Golf Resort in Marietta, OK. Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, December 28, 2012, at the Crossings Community Church Chapel at 14600 North Portland, Oklahoma City, OK. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to support the Knights Golf Team at Crossings Christian School, 14400 N Portland, Oklahoma City, Ok 73134.
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Published in The Oklahoman from Dec. 26 to Dec. 27, 2012