James Tyra Harris Jr.
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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.

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Published in The Birmingham News from Jun. 8 to Jun. 9, 2021.
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Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church
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June 14, 2021
My thoughts and prayers are with the family, especially Andrew.
Marla Breeding Dean
Acquaintance
June 10, 2021
Jay was my little cousin that we saw at Christmas time, as we lived in different states. We being his other cousins: Linda, John, Kelly, Cel, Claudene, and me. When I was eight, he was the perfect babydoll for me to hold and rock. We cousins all cherish our time together in Birmingham. . . . Jay loved his family. He was the responsible one, checking in on our grandparents. And he remained the responsible one as his mother became ill and his sister. I pray the load wasn’t too much for him to carry and he made time for fun. . . . I’ve enjoyed reading the Facebook posts and seeing the friendships. . . . Keaton, need I say he was a proud father who loved you very much? Evelyn, you’ve lost too many in too few years. Your Uncle Jay loved you and enjoyed his time with you. With faith we live on. . . . Photo, Jay’s family visit to Illinois. His family, my dad, my sisters, and me. ~~ ~~ “Remember me with joy and laughter, for that is how I will remember you. If you can only remember me with tears, then don’t remember me at all.” Michael Landon
Carol Wharton
June 10, 2021
Dr. Harris,
I am so sorry for your loss. I am sending you love and prayers during this sad time. During 15 years of working with you at Jefferson State you instilled the value of relationships and family and you often shared stories about your own family. We all enjoyed hearing them, mainly because you're such a good story teller, but also because you made us feel like we were part of your family too. I remember many Jay stories and smile and praise God for his life. Jay is gone too soon. Please know your many friends at Jeff State love you!

Your friend,
Sandra Pugh
Sandra Pugh
Friend
June 9, 2021
Dear Tyra,

Patricia and I were shocked and saddened to hear about Jay. He was such a fine and personable young man, who will be greatly missed. We extend our heartfelt condolences to you and your family at this difficult time.

Sincerely,
Tom
Tom Lloyd
Friend
June 8, 2021
Cousin Jay, This can’t be realand has to be a cruel joke. You were too full of life to suddenly now be silent. You and Amy were the youngest of 8 grandchildren on the Wharton sideand now you’re both gone. Our Granny always instilled in all of us the love and closeness of cousins. Your two Wharton Uncles, Harry and John, and your mom made sure the closeness continued. Rest In Peace that we will continue to stay in touch with Keaton, and we will answer any questions he will ever ask regarding our family. We will be here for him. The remaining six of us feel like we have lost a part of ourselves, and you will be forever in our hearts.Linda, John R., Kelly, Celie Ann, Carol and Claudene❤
Linda Wharton
Family
June 8, 2021
Dear Cuz,
You were a lovable goofball! I’ll miss our chats and texts. I’m positive you’ll be keeping up with Alabama football, from the best seat far above the stadium. Your memories of our loved ones who were no longer with us, and strong sentiment for our past was real and heartfelt. May you join all of them now, and give each of them a big hug from me. Until we meet again. Cousin Cel
Cel Corbett
Family
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