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Larry Wayne Harris, Sr.

PNCM (SW) Larry Wayne Harris, Sr., U.S. Navy (Retired), 67, of Erwin, passed away at his home on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, surrounded by his family.

He was a native of Erwin and the son of the late Ernest Harris of Erwin and Edgle Tipton Stallard of Poplar, NC.

Master Chief Harris enlisted in the U.S. Navy in July 1966 and retired in May 1988. Duty stations included USS NORTHAMPTON (CC-1), Norfolk, VA; COMOCEANSYSPAC, Honolulu, HI; Patrol Squadron FORTY-FIVE (VP-45), Jacksonville, FL; Fleet Training Center, Mayport, FL; Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ-2), Rota, Spain; USS CANISTEO (AO-99), Norfolk, VA; Personnel Support Detachment, Cecil Field, FL; and USS NIMITZ (CVN-68), Bremerton, WA. He was awarded three Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, five Good Conduct Medals, and two Navy Commendation Medals. In addition, he qualified as Officer of the Deck Underway while serving in the USS CANISTEO (AO-99), a position of trust and honor bestowed only upon the Navy’s finest enlisted.

In addition to his parents, Master Chief Harris was preceded in death by his step-daughter, Theresa Elizabeth Coon.

Survivors include: His wife, Lavoughn; his son, Larry Wayne Harris, Jr., of Deltona, FL; stepsons William and Douglas Futrell of North Dakota; two step-grandsons A.J. and Thomas Coon of Texas; a step-great-granddaughter, Lilly Coon of Huntsville, TX; three brothers, Cully and wife, Lynn, of Erwin, TN, Doug and wife, Priscilla, of Limestone Cove, TN, and Terry and wife, Renee, of Bradenton, FL; two brothers-in-law, Herbert Avrett of McDonough, GA, James and wife, Rachel, of Laura Hill, NC; and a sister-in-law, Catherine Custidero and husband, Lou, of Winter Springs, FL; a mother-in-law, Elizabeth Avrett, of Erwin, TN, ten nieces and nephews, and ten great nieces and great nephews, along with his extended brotherhood of Chief Petty Officers, past and present, who proudly serve our nation as the backbone of the United States Navy.

No funeral or graveside services will be held for Master Chief Harris. A memorial service is planned for a later date.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and nursing assistants from the Hospice Care Unit, Mountain States Health Alliance, for their loving care and support.

Memorials may be made online to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org/donate, the Wounded Warrior Project at https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org, or the Mountain States Foundation at http://www.mshafoundation.org.