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James D. Harris
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Obituary for James D. Harris

James Dale Harris, 72, of Galesburg, died at 10:47 a.m. Monday, April 17, 2017 at home.

Jim was born June 7, 1944 in Galesburg, the son of David E. and Alice Rice Harris. He married Bonnie Lee Ball on January 25, 1970 in Davenport, IA. She survives of Galesburg. He is also survived by one son, James B. Harris of Galesburg; one daughter, Tina L. Harris of Kansas City, MO; step children, Dr. Linnea (Joe) Williams of Kansas City, MO and Tracy ( Tony) Thierry of Galesburg. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Erin (Lorenzo) Pugh, Christopher (Stephanie) Thierry, Andrew (Kira) Thierry, Nathan Thierry, LaKesha Harris, Aileen Harris, Elias Williams, and Aiden Williams; three great grandchildren, Amelia Harris, Anton Harris, and Jaxson Pugh; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Jim owned and operated Harris Hauling for many years in Galesburg. He has spent the past several years as a metal recycler. He was a longtime active member of the Democratic Party. He was a Jeopardy fanatic and enjoyed travelling. Jim had a great sense of humor and loved talking with people. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family. The family would like to send a special thank you to Dennis Sibley for making Jim's last day a great one.

Per Jim's wishes, cremation rites will be accorded and a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the funeral home.  A celebration of life will follow at 3 p.m. at the Thomas Legacy Center. Arrangements have been entrusted to Watson-Thomas Funeral Home and Crematory, Galesburg. The family asks in lieu of food and flowers memorial donations be sent in Jim's memory to Second Baptist Church or a charity of the donor's choice.

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2:00 PM
Watson-Thomas Funeral Home and Crematory

1849 North Seminary Street
Galesburg, IL 61401

Memorial Service





3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thomas Legacy Center

1849 N. Seminary St.
Galesburg, Illinois 61401

Celebration of Life

Memorial Contribution

Second Baptist Church

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