Major George Hampton Harris, USAF, 91 years of age of 302 Bent Brook Lane, Seneca, S.C. died Thursday, January 28, 2021 at Oconee Memorial Hospital in Seneca, SC with complications from the Covid-19 virus. George H. Harris was born September 14, 1929, in Richwood, WV, the son of Virgil B. Harris, Sr. and Macel Keener Harris.
Major Harris retired from the United States Air Force, April 1979, after serving twenty-six years which included service in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Major Harris' honors included the following medals for his service: The Bronze Star, The Meritorious Award, the Joint Service Commendation Award, and the Air Force Commendation Medal-W/1.
As a civilian he taught school in St. Marys, WV, 1954-1959, Stuart, FL, 1959-1960, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 1960-62, and Montgomery, AL 1979-1990. While teaching in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and serving in the reserve armed forces, Major Harris was called back on active duty during the Cuban Crisis.
George Harris was preceded by his parents, his son, Virgil M. Harris, his siblings, Virgil B. Harris, Virginia A. Smith, John F. Harris, his sister-in-law Diane Harris and brothers-in-law Harry M. Smith and Joseph Palmer.
He was a member of the University Lutheran Church in Clemson, SC, the Masonic Lodge Number 41, St. Marys, WV (55 years), Alcazar Shriner Number Temple and the Order of the Eastern Star of Montgomery, AL, the American Legion of Berryville, VA, the Airstream Club (48 years), and the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, WVU, Morgantown, WV. He graduated from WVU in 1952 with a Bachelor and Master's Degree in Agriculture-Science.
George Harris married Martha Ellen Watson Harris January 25, 1953 in Keyser, WV at Trinity Lutheran Church. Surviving is his wife Martha, his daughter Nancy Ann Harris, his son-in-law Jose R. Caban of Seneca, SC, his sister Nancy Jean Palmer of Midland, MI, his sister-in-law Karen Harris of Bluemont, VA and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 5 PM, Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, Central, SC.
The family will receive friends from 10:30 to 11:30 am, Thursday, February 4, 2021 at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Arbovale, WV.
Graveside services will be held at 12 noon, Thursday, February 4, 2021 at Arbovale Cemetery in Arbovale, WV.
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