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Cling Phillip Harris Sr., age 71, 108 Banner St., Erwin, died Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. A lifelong resident of Erwin, he was a son of the late Harry M. and Lela Belle West Harris.
Mr. Harris was a 35 year employee of Nuclear Fuel Services until his retirement in 2003.
He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Vietnam Conflict.
Mr. Harris was a devoted member of Higgins Chapel Baptist Church.
He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. His greatest joy was his grandchildren and fishing with his grandson. He was also a special guardian to the family cat, Devonne.
Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Carrie Yvonne Booth and Mary Virginia (Jean) Bonar; one niece, Pamela Boone Harris.
Survivors include his loving and devoted wife, Emeline English Harris; one daughter, Sherry Melissa (Missy) Harris; one son, Cling Phillip Harris Jr. and wife Pamela; one granddaughter, Natalie Smith; one grandson, Nathaniel Harris; five brothers, Lester Harris and wife, Arlene, Bill Harris and wife, Beatrice, Earl Harris, Duke Harris and wife, Evelyn, Johnny Harris and wife, Judy; one sister, Marsha Harris Poore; mother-in-law, Barbara English, all of Unicoi County and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in Evergreen Cemetery. The Rev. Edward Hoyle will officiate.
Active pallbearers are Bobby Boone, Mike Sams, Allen Patton, Brandon Patton, Robbie Patton, Anthony Harris, Steven Harris, and Christopher Hampton.
The family will receive friends at the home, 108 Banner St., Erwin.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations to be made to your favorite local charity.
Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Harris family through a complimentary, interactive Book of Memories at
Robert Ledford Funeral Home and Chapel is in charge.