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Boyd Gail Harris Jr.

Manassas, Virginia

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Boyd Gail Harris, Jr. Boyd Gail Harris, Jr. age 81 passed away on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at his home in Gainesville, VA. Mr. Harris was born on October 15, 1931 in Abingdon, Virginia to the late Boyd G. Harris, Sr. and Mary Lorraine (Miller) Harris. He worked for Nationwide Insurance for 34 years retiring as a Regional Sales Manager; before his Insurance career Gail was a Major League Baseball Player who played for the New York Giants and the Detroit Tigers. He is predeceased by his parents and his wife Evelyn Bess Harris. Survivors include his three children: Becky Harris Sellers of Roanoke, VA, Kathy Lavender and husband Gary of Norfolk, VA and Mark Harris and wife Vicki of Gainesville, VA one sister: Lillian Galliher and husband Sam of Lebanon, VA and two grandchildren: Rachel Harris of Washington, D.C. and Chris Harris of Gainesville, VA. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 3:00 PM at Pierce Funeral Home, 9609 Center Street, Manassas, Virginia with Rev. Michael Brown officiating. Interment will be private. In Lieu of flowers contributions may be made to: Capital Caring Hospice, 10530 Linden Lake Plaza, Suite 200, Manassas, VA 20109 in loving memory of Boyd Gail Harris. Condolences may be sent to: www.piercefh.com



This obituary was originally published in the News & Messenger (Woodbridge, VA).

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Dear Harris family Iam sorry to hear about cousin Gail.
I remember when I wasout 10 yrs old my father George Robert Harris took me up to abington va to To visit Uncle Boyd and Uncle Jim Harris. That is when I meet cousin Gail. It was right after my Grandfather George Westly Harris passsed away. It was summmer of 1978.

Dear Harris Family,
I am so saddened to hear of the passing of cousin Gail. My mother, Mary Ellen Harris Andolino(George Harris's daughter) brought our family to meet Gail and his family over thirty years ago on a trip to Virginia. When our family moved to Michigan in 1997 I wrote to Gail about the closing of Tiger Stadium and sent him the news article and he sent me a nice letter in return. We are praying for your family. No words can fill the void you feel at the loss of Gail.

Becky, Kathy & Mark - I'm sure you don't remember me, but when your Dad played for Detroit you lived 2 doors from us in Allen Park and when the team was out of town I would spend the night at your house because your Mom didn't like to be alone. I've thought of you all so often through the years. God Bless you all.

Mark and Vicki, so sorry to hear about your father. Although I only visited with your father a few times I will always remember sitting with him at WOB looking through his incredible scrap books and the stories that he told. We haven't talked in a while, send me a note when you get a chance and let me know how you and the family are doing. [email protected]
Sincerely,
Dave and Cindy Enke

Mark and family,
Please accept our condolences on the passing of your father. he was a special man. My twin brother and I spent an enjoyable afternoon at his office several years ago talking baseball. It is one of our cherished life memories.
You and your family are in our prayers,
Tim and Tom Cammett

Dear Mark and family,

We just learned of your dad's passing and we are so sorry for your loss. Randy began his insurance career under Gail and Bill Rupp. He thought your dad was so down to earth and a super nice guy. He often mentioned how your dad would sit and talk for hours when Randy worked late. I became your dad's secretary after Shirley and her family moved to NC in the early 80's. To say I enjoyed working with your dad would be an understatement. He was caring, funny,...

I am sorry for your loss..went to school with his son...May god comfort the family in their sorrowful time. God Bless..

Dear Harris Family,

We are so saddened to hear of your loss. Mr. Harris was a kind and caring man; generous with his guidance and advice. A true baseball legend and so proud of the fella wearing Number 2.

Billy and Chris Goodman

Condolences to the family from a fan of the Detroit Tigers.