John R. Harris Jr.
John R. Harris Jr. passed away Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, 2020, in Scottsdale, Ariz., at the age of 95.
He was the son of John R. Harris Sr. and Bettie Warthen Harris, both deceased. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Barbara Bullock Harris; and his daughter, Susan Tocco Harris.
He is survived by his son, John R. Harris III (Jodi); daughter, Kathi Harris Ifert; two grandchildren, Mary Kathryn Kontoulis (Costa) and Ashley Ifert; and a great-grandchild, Constantine Michael Kontoulis Jr., born on Thanksgiving Day, all who reside in Dallas, Texas; brother, Horace Harris, Belle Glade, Fla.; and sister, Bettie Jean Caruthers of Salt Springs, Fla.
John was born in Belle Glade, Fla., and upon graduation from Belle Glade High School enlisted in the Army Air Force and served during World War II as a bombardier-navigator in the B-24 Liberator Bomber. Upon the completion of his military duty, he attended Georgia Tech University, was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity and graduated with a degree in industrial engineering. He married Barbara Bullock upon graduation in September 1947 and joined the family snack food manufacturing business in Atlanta.
After several years, he joined Blue Bird Body Co., a leading manufacturer of commercial school buses and enjoyed a long corporate career in senior executive positions retiring as president of Blue Bird Wonderlodge, the luxury motor home subsidiary of Blue Bird Body Co. Upon retirement in 1986, the family moved to Marietta, Ga., where he was served in several volunteer management roles helping the Cobb Country Transportation Department of Georgia develop, manage and operate the Cobb County Transportation System as well as volunteering as the director of Cobb Senior Services organization.
He was a loving father, husband, grandfather and a friend to all.
Special thanks to Westminster Village of Scottsdale, where he resided for the past 12 years for their love and support.
He will be laid to rest in Arlington Memorial Park in Marietta, Ga., beside his wife and daughter. No services are planned.