Gordon "Stumpy" Harris
Gordon H. "Stumpy" Harris died peacefully on April 1, 2021. He was born in Atlanta and raised in Jacksonville. During his freshman football season in high school, his coach noted he was as hard to move off the line as a tree stump, and his teammates quickly dubbed him "Stumpy". In keeping with his signature optimism, Stumpy embraced the new nickname as a compliment. His positive life approach and the nickname stuck. At the University of Florida, Stumpy joined the Kappa Alpha Order, was elected president of the Interfraternity counsel, tapped into Florida Blue Key, and inducted into UF's Hall of Fame. After earning his undergraduate degree, he married Dorothy (Laing) Harris and entered the University of Florida College of Law, graduating third in his class in 1965. After graduation, he joined the predecessor firm of Holland & Knight in Bartow beginning his 65-year legal career. In 1970, Stumpy became a founding partner of the Orlando law firm Gray, Harris & Robinson, now GrayRobinson, where he developed a statewide reputation as an eminent domain attorney. In 2003, he was a founding partner of Harris Harris Bauerle Ziegler Lopez, where he continued to work until his death.

Stumpy and Dottie raised their two children in Orlando. He was a past potentate of Bahia Shriners, Senior Warden of St. Michael's Episcopal Church, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Trinity Preparatory School. After a divorce, Stumpy married Ruthie (Littleford) Harris and together they raised their son in Winter Park.

Stumpy was probably best known for his ardent support of the University of Florida. He was a season ticket holder since 1957 and owned more than one orange and blue vehicle. He was a past President and Life Member of the University of Florida National Alumni Association, a Legacy Director of Gator Boosters, a past President and Life Member of Gator Boosters, and served on the University of Florida Foundation and the University Athletic Association boards. He considered his UF education to be the source of his success and demonstrated his gratitude by sharing his love for the Gators with all.

Those close to Stumpy remember his small acts of kindness from frequent deliveries of roses cut from his garden to annual birthday wishes. His rare combination of charisma, boyish charm, work ethic, and exceptional intellect allowed him to help thousands of clients and scores of friends and family solve problems. Nothing made him happier.

Stumpy is survived by his wife, Ruthie, his daughter, Sarah Overmeyer, son-in-law Jim Overmeyer, son, Bruce Harris, daughter-in-law, Medea Harris, son, Routledge Harris, grandchildren, Katie Overmeyer, Jimmy Overmeyer, Danny Overmeyer, Lilley Harris, Graham Harris, Emerson Harris, Sarah Harris, Ford Harris and Agatha Harris, sister Vicky Allen and brothers Ronald Harris and Donald Harris. He is predeceased by his mother, Rounelle Stroud, stepfather, Arthur Stroud, father, Huie Harris, and stepmother Lois Harris. A memorial service will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church in Winter Park at 11 am on Monday, April 12, 2021. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to Gator Boosters (www.gatorboosters.org), Shriners Hospitals for Children (www.lovetotherescue.org), or Trinity Preparatory School (www.trinityprep.org/give).
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Published by Orlando Sentinel from Apr. 5 to Apr. 6, 2021.
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I worked at White´s Blueprint Service where we did court room presentation for his firm. He was one of the kindest customers . Sorry for your loss
Barbara Sickler
April 14, 2021
I am very saddened to hear this news. I am truly blessed to have known the amazing Stumpy Harris! Truly a kind and giving man. I have so many fond memories and stories he told which live on forever in my heart. When I moved to Winter Park in 1987 he always told me about how my Father K Drake of Ocala started the biggest and grandest food fight in ihistory at the KA house at University of Florida (Stumpy a pledge at the time). Also, he told me about how at all football games during college he always stayed to watch the amazing half time show featuring my Mom, Durlene Johnson Drake as UF Feature Twirler. . He said she was amazing to watch and a master of every type of baton including the ones with the fire and she wore amazing glamorous costumes, absolutely amazing to hear this. I never would have known those stories about my parents without knowing the great man Stumpy Harris. Stumpy also gave me good guidance regarding land and the responsibilities involved with being a good steward, truly blessed to hear and learn this from the absolute authority. I will truly miss seeing Stumpy/Family pass by my home on Azalea Lane WP on a daily basis with some form of orange and blue Gator car! God Bless all the family and prayers continue during this difficult time. The memory and perpetual bright light)!/ORANGE AND BLUE of Stumpy Harris and his legacy will live on forever! Love and Prayers, Ann Louise
Ann Louise Drake
April 13, 2021
I was Stumpy´s paralegal for several years and must admit I was always so honored to be a part of his eminent domain team. I hope all the wonderful memories he created will bring comfort to his family through this difficult time. I pray for God´s gracious peace for all grieving the loss of this incredible man.
Teresa Battestin
April 13, 2021
STUMPY, You were so kind to Richard and I. Our first meeting with Stumpy was back in 2010 when we were invited to watch a game in their Gator Box in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. It was so cold in the Box. Stumpy gave me his jacket to wear. That is the kind of person he was, kind to a near total stranger. Since then, We became Gator Board members together and shared good time at Gator events. Our last time visiting with Stumpy and RUTHIE was for their anniversary in Palm Beach, dinner at Renatos, and after, dinner drinks at The Breakers! Special times! Love to you my friend! I know you are looking over all and will be our Angel. We will miss your smiling face and happy disposition!! Judy & Richard Ahrens
Richard and Judy Ahrens
April 12, 2021
Jeff Jonasen
April 12, 2021
So sorry to hear about the passing of Stumpy. Our love and prayers go out to you and the family
Mike and Kristen McClanahan
April 12, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Harris´s passing. I am still in shock and so sad but know he is with our Lord.The tears flow as I type these words. May peace be with the family during this difficult time. I, as so many others, have been so blessed to have known him. We were all like family. I will never forget the encouragement, pep-talks and email catch-ups. Thank you for believing in me and thank you again for the Harris scholarship which has forever changed the trajectory of my life. Love, Trina,Roman, Aubrey and Ruby. Go Gators.
Katrina Kielbowicz
April 11, 2021
You Were Always A Very Dear, Understanding, Gracious, Helpful, Fun, Kind, Loving And Loyal Friend To Us And Will Forever Be Missed, Always Loved And Never Forgotten! We Will Always Have Precious Memories Of Our Times Together At Magnolia Hunt Club, At Gator Football Games And At Your Parties! It Was A Shock To Hear That You Passed Away On April 1, 2021 And We Were Not Able To Give You A Hug And Say Goodbye, My Dear Friend! We Love You, Stumpy!! Your Various Words Of Advice And Wisdom Are Remembered Daily! God Bless You My Friend And God Bless Your Family!
Brad Goldman And Cheryl
April 11, 2021
I was saddened to hear of Stumpy Harris´ passing. Will always appreciate the many kindnesses shown my family over the years. May God bless the family with all good memories.
Ada Jo Miller
April 11, 2021
With Our Sincere Sympathy to the Harris Family. You are in our Hearts and Prayers. Carol & Tom Zanolini
thomas h zanolini
April 11, 2021
Went on boys trip to South Carolina and Vanderbilt organized by stumpy. A first class bus ride the perfect host a true gentleman and number one gator fan. You are missed.
John moch
April 11, 2021
Gerald Loper
April 10, 2021
Michael and Roxanne Beene
April 9, 2021
My memories go back to Fishweir Elementary in Jacksonville and his crushed legs when he was pinned against the wall of the Edgewood Theatre. He lived on the street and block behind us and I brought his school work to him for the year of his recovery. Our lives went their separate ways following our graduation from Robert E. Lee High School, yet both of us now in the Orlando area. However, both Ray and I enjoyed seeing him and Ruthie at the Lee Reunions. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.
Connie Jeffers Herbert
April 9, 2021
Sorry for your loss great guy
Ronnie Suggs
April 9, 2021
My condolences to Ruthie & family from a '56 Lee High Classmate. He will be greatly missed by many.
Marie Wiggins Davis
April 8, 2021
Coldwell Banker Family
April 7, 2021
Ken LaRoe
April 7, 2021
Dear Sarah, My sincere sympathy and is sent to you and your family. Gloria H.
Gloria Holly
April 7, 2021
Stumpy was a great friend for numerous years and I know he will be missed dearly by all whose lives he touched. I´m grateful to have known a man that made such a huge impact on so many in his lifetime. The Harris family is in my prayers. Rest In Peace Stumpy.
Dennis K. Benbow
April 7, 2021
With deep sympathy and Prayers
David and Barbara Phillips
April 6, 2021
"Mr. Harris, you are trying to make law" the Judge said jovially (Stumpy grinning). "I want to commend Counsel on both sides for the best example of friendly behavior in a contentious trial ever displayed in my courtroom" another Judge commented. Stumpy was an artist in the courtroom. I have been truly enriched knowing him and being a client. I´ll never forget those recognitions from the Bench at trial- and the non-billable travel advice. I owe my appreciation for the law to him. Rest in Peace, Counselor.
Jay Trent
April 6, 2021
Sweet Ruth, please know that you and the extended family are in my prayers. May you find comfort and peace in the happy memories you shared.
Lisa Gardner-Bowman
April 6, 2021
Stumpy will never be forgotten. He was a legend to his community, alma mater and profession and left a huge mark on those of us lucky enough to know him. Rest In Peace, my friend. Grant Lacerte Jr.
Grant Lacerte Jr.
April 6, 2021
Our company met "Stumpy" in the early 1990´s. For the next five years he represented us on many Eminent Domain cases. He had a commanding presents in the court and was a master of communicating his client´s case to the whole courtroom. The next five years I worked with Stumpy as an expert witness and was able to see his personal side. His jovial way of life, his caring for his fellow man and love of his profession was inspiring. To his grandchildren you have a great set of shoes to fill, your Grandfather was special and he will be missed by many. Cash Kaschai Cashi Outdoor Advertising
Cash Kaschai
April 6, 2021
Tom and I send our love and sympathy to the Harris family. We were heartsick to learn of Stumpy´s passing. Tom and Stumpy´s friendship goes back many years, and includes lots of Gator football memories. We will keep all of you in our prayers.
Cairn Ustler
April 6, 2021
Sarah, Katie, and Jimmy, I am so sorry for the loss of your father and grandfather. I am sure he is in Heaven and enjoying a well deserved rest. God Bless!
Karen Renton
April 6, 2021
A Tremendous Florida Grad and ambassador to the university. He will be missed deeply!
Jackson L Murphy
April 6, 2021
Stumpy was a mentor, a law partner, and a friend. I lost my Father a number of years ago. It was truly a life-changing event for me and my family. Stump, I wish your Family the best during these extremely difficult times. You had a major impact on so many lives. You will not be forgotten.
Don Gibson
April 6, 2021
So sorry for your loss.
Dick Adams
April 5, 2021
Pam and I are so deeply saddened by the news of Stumpy Harris's passing. There was no greater Gator fan or supporter of Trinity Prep's mission than he. I had the distinct privilege of knowing him and working with him for several years when he was Chairman of the Trinity Prep Board of Trustees and I was the faculty rep to the Board. A man of great distinction he was devoted to Trinity. Pam and I offer our condolences and deepest sympathies to the Harris family. Stumpy and his family are in our thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace Stumpy. GO GATORS!
Mike Spatola
April 5, 2021