George Harris, 88
September 12, 1934 - January 13, 2023
George Harris departed this life from his longtime Brandon residence on Friday, Jan. 13, 2023 after a period of declining health. The Plantersville native was 88 years old. Born east of Plantersville on March 12, 1934, the last of 7 children born to the late Luther Harris, Sr. and Maggie Ruff Harris, George received his formal education at Plantersville High School graduating in 1952. He served his country in the U. S. Air Force from 1955-1959. He moved to the Jackson area in 1969 and began a longtime career of 36 years with Associated Press (AP) as a technician and reporter in the Jackson, Ms. Bureau retiring in 2000. George had the privilege or curse of covering the Mississippi Legislature for years and being a part of the Caption Press Corps family. He was direct, factual and often known for his brashness in reporting with perfect honesty exactly what happened and why. He once commented that his hobbies were working and raising cane. He grew up in the family Church, Unity Presbyterian Church. Always colorful, often loud but always resolute and a fascinating storyteller, George cut a wide path and left a remarkable legacy.
A service celebrating his life will be held at 2 PM Today (Tuesday 1/17/23) from the Church of his forbearers, Unity Presbyterian Church, east of Plantersville with his nephew in law, Bill Collins, officiating. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the Church. Holland Funeral Directors is honored to be serving their friends.
George was the father of two sons, Richard Terry Harris of New Orleans, La. and David Wayne Harris of Jackson; He is survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins locally and about the country on both the Harris and Ruff sides. He was taken care of in the last days by his niece, Lisa Harris Collins of Shannon. He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings, Luther Harris, Jr, Joe Thomas Harris, Max Harris, Rex Harris, Bill Harris and Flora Harris Bishop,
Pallbearers will be his nephews and great nephews; Jeb Bishop, Josh Bishop, Bryan Gory, Mac Reedy, Jason Evans , Clay Evans and his best friend from Brandon, Joe Sanford and family.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P. O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS. 38802.