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Obituary for Donald Spencer Harris
The battle is over, the wounds have healed, and the pain is gone. Our handsome, precious Donny is in heaven now with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Donald Spencer Harris, - 10/16/42 - 9/28/18. Husband, partner in life, and helpmate to Gwen. Father to three remarkable daughters: Mauri O’Hara Gore (Marc), grands, Austin Spencer and Aubrey O’Hara; Marla Sims (Marc), grandson Robert Owen; and Kathryn Robbins, grand doggies: McKinley and Denali.
Sister Nancy Malone (Elma); brothers: Charles, deceased (Annette); Dennis (Donna); Stanley (deceased).
Beloved second family who were always so willing to share their time and loving kindness to Donny: Dolly Ball, Bobbie Davenport, Madonna Bliss, Susan Doolittle and Dorothy Gordon.
Aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors loved and admired his quiet, gentle nature.
A devoted follower of Jesus Christ, Donny also loved our country and “Old Glory” the American flag. He was proud to wear the uniform of the U.S. Navy and his time aboard the ship, USS Mullinnix, DD 944, carried him in 1962 to the Cuban Missile Crisis. For a time, our country could sleep in peace because war was averted.
After working with the railroad then Waterways Experiment Station, Donny retired and could finally enjoy traveling around the country and his favorite hobby, fishing. He would take his boat to the different lakes or the “Rez” where he would spend the day fishing for supper. Or, he would meet his 5 buddies and 1 Chinese lady to fish off the pier. Their fishing days started early and lasted until they had enough fish or were just too tired. Too cold, hot, windy, not catching any fish, none of that mattered. Just being there with that pole, bait and knowing it was a good day to be fishing!
Doors opened at First Baptist Church and he was there for Sunday School and ’big church”. It was a time for receiving and giving the gift of encouragement, as well as the knowledge he gained in Evangelism Explosion to witness to those he met.
His friendships grew with each phase of church life, and those who gave so much love to the community. He joined the sweet generous laborers of love of the folks who worked with Little Feet Consignment, Vacation Bible School, Tuesday Men’s Luncheon and Wednesday night prayer meeting. Each was so dear to his heart.
Yes, like many people, he had a bucket list and number one was “for things to get back to normal” Short list, simply put and profound. Then he reached for the stars and his angels took him so much further that.
Good night sweet prince, you made our lives better.
The Graveside Service will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at Lakewood Memorial Park. The Memorial Service will follow at 11:30 a.m. in the Chapel of First Baptist Church, 431 N. State St., Jackson, the Rev. Tom Washburn and Ken Blackstock officiating.