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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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Published in News & Messenger on Nov. 16, 2012.
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December 30, 2012
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.
Betty Harris Ozmon
December 29, 2012
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.
Debbie and Steve Hamilton
Deborah Hamilton
November 29, 2012
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.
Wanda Nickols
November 28, 2012
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. enked@verizon.net
Sincerely,
Dave and Cindy Enke
November 27, 2012
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
Tim Cammett
November 27, 2012
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, patient, and smart. A true gentleman.

You had parents to be proud of and we pray you are comforted in knowing so many people cared about them.

May the memories you shared bring you peace in the days ahead.

Randy and Glenda Gum
November 27, 2012
I am sorry for your loss..went to school with his son...May god comfort the family in their sorrowful time. God Bless..
Sharon Snyder
November 24, 2012
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
November 23, 2012
Condolences to the family from a fan of the Detroit Tigers.
November 20, 2012
To the Harris family,
I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Harris. I remember him when was a Tiger. As a kid in the late 50's I collected his cards! lol On May 17, 2005 he was kind enought to let me into his home in Manassas to talk baseball and sign my Baseball Players of the 1950's book. It was 9 pm! He was super, super nice. I know he is playing firstbase for God's Angels.
Bill Masters
November 18, 2012
So sorry to hear about the death of Gail. My brother and I played High School Baseball with Gail. He was an excellent first baseman and contributed much to the success of our team.
Mack Bowman
November 18, 2012
My condolences go to the Gale Harris Family. I regret I was not able to attend his recent memorial service. Gale brought me into Nationwide Insurance in 1985. He was a caring mentor to me, always passing along insights to me to enable me to have a broader view of the needs of others. Gale had great personal strenght, good humor and was truly a "class act." He was a fine role model for so many of our agents. Gale Harris helped me become the man I am today...I am grateful to have known him and will always remember...Friend
Neil Pollock
November 17, 2012
Mark, Kathy and the Harris Family I am very sorry for the loss of your dad
I pray that God will give you his peace in this hard time.
And I hope you you enjoy all the good memories you had will him.
Kevin & Alice O'Donnell
November 17, 2012
Becky, Kathy, and Mark
Mike and I are sorry about your Dad. Going to school with Becky, I shared great times at the Harris household. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Mike & Terry(540-885-2719)
November 16, 2012
To the Harris family,
Growing up near Abingdon and being a baseball fan, I followed your dad's baseball career. Sometime around 1958, I was thrilled when my dad made it a point to introduce me to Gail. A few years ago, I called him to get some baseball information for a book I was writing. As before, he was very friendly and quite gracious to me. I later made mention of him in one of my books. As you face these days of sadness, may God comfort all of you as only He can.

Sincerely,
Jim Counts
James Counts
November 16, 2012
Lilly and Sam and family
I am so sorry to hear about Gail. The time I shared with Gail last year, and hearing his stories is a time I will never forget and will cherish forever. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless.
James Stork
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