James C. “Jim” Harris, 77, of Jackson, passed away Friday, September 4, 2020, at Advance Nursing Center in Advance, Missouri.
He was born April 27, 1943, in St. Louis, to Roger “Hap” and Christine Settle Harris. He and Cheryl Harris were married April 29, 1966, in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. Their union was blessed with three children, Kim, Becky, and Larry. As a family, they were active members of First Baptist Church in Jackson. They had been married 33 years when Cheryl passed away July 12, 1999. Their son Larry preceded Cheryl in death on February 5, 1985.
Jim married Judy Cunningham Lewis on October 27, 2000, in Portageville, Missouri. To Jim’s family, Judy added her children, Randy, Dennis, Kim, and Christina. Christina passed away June 2, 2008.
Jim was a 1961 graduate of Poplar Bluff High School. He attended Arkansas State University and enlisted in the Missouri Army National Guard in 1964. He honorably served over 30 years, pimarily in administration, with the National Guard units in Jackson and Cape Girardeau, retiring as a Master Sargent in 1995.
Jim liked horseback riding, tournament fishing, and riding four-wheelers, but above all, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
Loving survivors include his wife of 19 years, Judy Harris of Jackson; children: Kim (Jeff) Raley and children Trevor and Kameron of Frostburg, Maryland; Becky (Kevin) Thompson and children Kylie, Gracie, and Trace of Farmington, Missouri; Randy (Cheri) Lewis of Pocahontas, Arkansas; Dennis (Bridget) Lewis IV and children Dace, Joe, and Vivian of Wentzville, Missouri; Kim Jones and children Kody and Kelli and grandson Kaysen of Ripley, Tennessee; son’s of the late Christina Cunningham, Heath and Hunter of Trenton, Tennessee; and and a sister, Carol Sue (Harry) Mungle of Fredericktown, Missouri.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Cheryl; a son, Larry Harris; his parents; and a step-daughter, Christina Cunningham.
Visitation will be from 12 PM to service time, Saturday, September 5, 2020, at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.
The funeral will be at 2 PM, Saturday, September 5, 2020, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Donny Ford officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Cape Girardeau with full military honors at the graveside. Serving as pallbearers are Gus Wischmann, Benny Proffer, Larry Schott, Jim Winder, Paul Summers, Pete Townsend, Bruce Benton, and Dave Hitt. Honorary pallbearers are Herman Erzfeld and Bob Weiss.
Memorials may take the form of contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by clicking on the TRIBUTE WALL tab of Jim’s personal obituary page at mccombsfuneralhome.com.
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