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In Memory of

William Stokes Harris

September 16, 1921 - March 10, 2017

Obituary


WILLIAM S. HARRIS, 95. Born in Mayfield, Ky. Preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Miriam Cutler Harris. He is survived by his sons W. Stokes Harris, Jr. and Henry C. Harris (Tamara) and daughter Sally H. Beam. Also by three grandchildren Leigh W. Harris (Gary Thompson), Blair B. Beam, and Bradley B. Beam, Jr. and twin great-granddaughters Charlotte and Julia Thompson.
Bill was the epitome of the "Greatest Generation," having been devoted to his faith, family and country. After graduation from the University of Kentucky, where he belonged to Phi Delta...

WILLIAM S. HARRIS, 95. Born in Mayfield, Ky. Preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Miriam Cutler Harris. He is survived by his sons W. Stokes Harris, Jr. and Henry C. Harris (Tamara) and daughter Sally H. Beam. Also by three grandchildren Leigh W. Harris (Gary Thompson), Blair B. Beam, and Bradley B. Beam, Jr. and twin great-granddaughters Charlotte and Julia Thompson.
Bill was the epitome of the "Greatest Generation," having been devoted to his faith, family and country. After graduation from the University of Kentucky, where he belonged to Phi Delta Theta fraternity, he served on the USS New Mexico in WWII Pacific theater, surviving numerous kamikaze attacks at Okinawa, and was present at the surrender of Japan ceremony. He remained in the naval reserve until his retirement, with the rank of Commander. He was a career US civil servant and retired in Dallas as the Chairman of the Federal Regional Council, a position to which he was appointed by presidents Richard Nixon (Kansas City) and Jimmy Carter (Dallas). Upon retirement from the government, he became a stock broker at First Dallas Securities.
He served his Christian faith as a deacon and elder at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, where he and his wife Miriam were active stewards of their faith through numerous charitable endeavors. Bill and Miriam enjoyed their golf and fellowship for many years as members of the Dallas Athletic Club. They traveled frequently with friends and family overseas and to visit them in the states. As a father and grandfather, he mentored social and academic disciplines and supported activities as diverse as sports, paper routes and dance team. He lived for five years after Miriam's death at Presbyterian Village North where thanks to Sally, attentive friends, staff and superlative caregivers he laughed every day and enjoyed the status of a celebrity as he went to exercise, socialize and therapy throughout Joyce Hall. A memorial service will be held after Easter.