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Mr. Donald Charles Harris departed this life to be with the Lord after a long illness on Sept. 3, 2016, at CMC in Crossville.
Born June 29, 1930, in Edmore, MI, Mr. Harris devoted his career to military service. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1949 as a Seaman Recruit from Chicago. He spent the next five years serving in European ports and left the Navy with an Honorable Discharge in 1954.
In 1955, Donald enlisted in the Air Force. He spent the rest of his military career working on aircrafts after training in Trade, NCO and Tech education. His duty stations included Hawaii, Japan, Spain, Guam and Vietnam during wartime.
Mr. Harris retired from the Air Force in 1971 and relocated from Los Angeles to McMinnville, TN. In August of that year he and Ms. Maggie Lee (Mays) Shavers were married and blended their families, creating a family of five. They were active members of the United Methodist Church where they served faithfully.
Crossville became their home about 23 years ago, and they made many loving and lasting friendships. Don enjoyed his knowledge of engines, tinkering on any motor needing maintenance. Soft-spoken and kind-hearted, he was loved and respected by all who were fortunate to get to know him.
Mr. Harris was preceded in death by his parents, Archie B. and Mabel Harris; wife, Maggie Lee (Mays) Harris; grandson, James D. Shavers; and four siblings, Ralph H. Harris, Warren D. Harris, Margaret E. Harris Hill, and Katherine Harris Henderson.
Donald leaves to cherish loving and lasting memories three children, son Donald Brayton Harris, daughter Kimberly S. Goss (Rob) and stepson Garry Shavers (Nellie); five grandchildren, Nicholas, Stacy, J.D. and Carissa Shavers, and Darcey Engelman; and one sister, Marian Edith Harris Pardee, as well as dedicated long term caregivers, Linda Kondrach, Jimmy Kiser and Emma James, and a multitude of other dear friends.
Bilbrey Funeral Home, Inc. (www.bilbreyfh.com) was in charge of the arrangements.
Published on September 6, 2016
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