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James E. Harris

February 22, 1931


BURLINGTON– James E. (Jim) Harris, age 88 of Sumac Lane, passed away on May 2, 2019.

   Jim was born in Memphis, Tennessee and grew up in the small town of Golden, Mississippi.  Upon receiving his graduate degree from Mississippi State University, he joined the United States Army for 2 years where he was stationed at Petersburg, VA.  The military draft was still in effect at the end of the Korean war.  

   Jim retired from General Electric Company after 14 years in Human Resources.   Prior to GE, he completed 20 years with Burlington Industries Corporation in Human Resources.  

   Jim was preceded in death by his parents, William L, and Nina Therrell Harris of Mississippi, and a brother, Bill Harris of Alabama.

   Survivors include his daughter, Lynn Harris Bunn and grandson Michael Bunn; son, Todd Harris and wife, Brenda Locker Harris along with grandchildren, Benjamin, Jonathan, and Amanda, all of Wake Forest, NC.   

   Jim enjoyed golf and for many years coordinated a small group of buddies who played every week on different courses throughout the Alamance area.  He was a member of Grove Park Baptist Church and the Men’s Reliable class. In retirement, Jim enjoyed volunteering at the Pet Adoption Center at Haw River Animal Shelter.  For his dependable volunteer service, Jim was recognized by the Burlington City Council in November 2013 as “Volunteer of the Year.”

   To celebrate Jim’s life, a gathering of friends along with his children will be held at The Cutting Board Restaurant at 2699 Ramada Road on Sunday May 19, 2019 from 4-6 p.m.  A private Interment will be held at a later date. 

   In Honor of Jim’s memory, Burlington Animal Services gratefully accepts donations and uses them to help pets at their facility and in the community.  Address: 221 Stone Quarry Rd. Burlington, NC 27217;  Phone: (336) 578-0343; Email: 

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Gathering of Family and Friends
May 19, 2019

4:00 PM
Cutting Board Restaurant


Burlington Animal Services
221 Stone Quarry Road, Burlington NC 27217
Tel: 1-336-578-0343

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