Daniel C. Harris
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Daniel Courtney Harris, 38, died Jan. 21, 2013, at UAB hospital in Birmingham, of complications from a heart attack. Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Bankhead Cemetery, Mentone, Ala. The Rev. Dr. Anna Brawley is officiating. Burt Funeral Home, Valley Head, is assisting the family. Memorial service will be at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Grace Episcopal Church in Sheffield. The Rev. Dr. Callie Plunket-Brewton is officiating.
Daniel was born and raised in Sheffield, the third child of Jim and Sharon Harris. He showed musical ability as a very young child, singing himself asleep at night and awake in the mornings as a baby and toddler. He graduated from Mars Hill Bible School, attended the University of Alabama and received a B.M. in Music Education from UNA in 1998. He also graduated from the Flight Academy in Vero Beach, Fla. in 2001.
Many in the Shoals area know Daniel as a singer and actor. He acted in many stage plays and sang in musicals and operas. He was also a paid singer (tenor or bass/baritone) at The Cathedral Church of the Advent and St. Luke's, both in Birmingham, and most recently at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, Florence, where he was a member. He sang alternately with Florence Camerata and The Shoals Chamber Singers and was a featured soloist with both groups. His stage credits include Schroeder in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," Lune Phai in "The King and I," Papageno in "The Magic Flute," and John in "The Lion in Winter." Most recently, he starred as Jack in the Ritz's production of "The Importance of Being Earnest" last August.
Daniel brought light and sparkle everywhere he went and to everything he did. He loved his job at Lowe's, working in Paint and Home Décor, but he had hoped to return to school to become a cardiac nurse. Daniel was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Jack and Eloise Harris. He is survived by his best friend and significant other, Anna Brawley; his parents, Jim and Sharon Harris; his brother, Tom and wife, Yukari, Harris; sister, Mary Beth and husband, Warren, Hall; nieces, Madeline and Sage Hall; grandparents, Jim and Dallyne Jones; aunts, Glenda (Roy), Rita (Terrell), Deborah (Mike) and Susan (Allen); uncles, Carl Jones and David Harris (Linda); and many cousins and loving friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the music ministries of St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, Florence.
Published in Florence Times Daily on Jan. 23, 2013