BETHLEHEM - Claude J. Harris, 89, died Thursday, October 24, 2013 after an extended illness.
He proudly served his country during World War II as did his older siblings; sister, Julia, and brothers, Hugh and Bobby. He was a machine gunner in Fox Company 2nd Battalion Striking 9th Marine Regiment.
Harris received a Purple Heart after being wounded in combat at Iwo Jima. He truly loved his country.
After the war, Harris worked with his brother, Bobby, as respected brick masons before beginning a long career as one of the pioneers of AFLAC. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Winder. He was also a member of the Carter Hill Masonic Lodge and American Legion Post 53.
His robust sense of humor and optimistic, outgoing personality made him one of a kind. He enjoyed a good joke, storytelling and discussing politics with friends at McDonalds for many years. Harris loved quail hunting and raising bird dogs. He enjoyed a good western and was a fan of the Atlanta Braves, UGA football and West Carolina baseball. A devoted family man, he deeply loved his wife and daughters, and was an inspiration to his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Claudia Johnson Harris; brothers, Dana, Hugh and Bobby Harris; and sister, Julia Isaac.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Harriet Harris, Bethlehem; daughters, Marianne “Petey” (Frankie) Green, Monroe, and Kathy Anderson, Lawrenceville; sister, Martha Sue (George) Breedlove, Winder; four grandchildren, Zack Green, Katie Krista and Korey Anderson; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held in the chapel of Smith Funeral Home on Saturday, October 26, 2013 with the Rev. John Richardson officiating. The interment will follow the service at Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675, www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.