James Tyra Harris, Jr. age 53 expired Friday, June 4, 2021 in Birmingham. Known to his friends as Jay, he had an infectious personality and anyone who knew him knew his great sense of humor and loyalty to his friends and family. Jay loved the game of basketball his entire life and played for Vestavia Hills High School and was well known for his ability. Jay was a successful Realtor for over 26 years and was Vice President and Assistant Broker at Canterbury Realty. Jay is preceded in death by his Wharton and Harris grandparents, his mother Vee Wharton Jacobson, his step mother Julia Harris, sister Amelia Griffies, and step sister Kristen Caldwell. Jay is survived by his only son, Andrew Keaton Harris, brother Austin Harris, father Dr. Tyra Harris, niece Evelyn Griffies, step sister Julia Sather and his life partner of 15 years Karon Brooks. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, 6/10/21 10:00 a.m. visitation with family 11:00 service Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church For those who cannot attend, Facebook Live will air the service at 11:00 a.m. on the Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church Facebook page. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made to the V Foundation for Cancer Research at V.org
. A private family reception will be held following the service.