Obituary Notice: Robert Harris

Obituary Notice: Robert Harris (Provided photo)

Obituary Notice: Robert Harris (Provided photo)

Robert Harris, 91, died Saturday, June 14, 2014 at Novant Health Medical Center Matthews.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church Indian Trail, 732 Indian Trail-Fairview Rd., Indian Trail, with Pastor Mike Whitson officiating.

Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at Salisbury National Cemetery, 501 Statesville Blvd., Salisbury, NC 28144. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Mr. Harris was born Feb. 18, 1923 in Lilly, a son of the late Henry and Rowena Rowe Harris.  In 1948, he married Dolores Reiter of Sykesville.

Mr. Harris served in the Pennsylvania State Police for 28 years and at the National Bank of the Commonwealth for 10 years in Clearfield.

He was an active member of First Baptist Church, Indian Trail, since 1999. He enjoyed various hobbies, including hunting, fishing, woodworking and ham radio (call sign, W3ZMR).

During World War II, he served as a technical sergeant in the Army Air Corps, 3508th Army Air Forces Base Unit.  From September of 1944 until February of 1945, his crew flew 33 combat missions over Germany in the B-17, “Sugar Joe.”  They were part of the 550th Squadron, 385th Bomb Group of the eighth Air Force and were stationed at Great Ashfield in Suffolk, England.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, Alan Harris of Baltimore, Md., David Harris of Pittsburgh and Lynnette Peterson of Matthews, NC.  He loved deeply his seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Helping Hands Sunday School Class, c/o First Baptist Church Indian Trail, P.O. Box 2550, Indian Trail, NC 28079 or to the charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Good Shepherd Funeral Home, Indian Trail, is honored to serve the Harris Family.

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