Former West Tennessee band
director Leeburn R. Harris passed away on Monday, November 13th,
2006. His 34 year teaching career included Parsons H.S. from
1958-1964, Riverside H.S. from 1964-1975, and Lexington H.S. from
1975-1992. Those who knew Leeburn will remember him for his
tireless work ethic, his dedication to his students, and his
unending sense of humor.
From The Jackson Sun -
Services for Mr.
Leeburn Ray Harris, 74, of Parsons, will be held on Thursday,
November 16, 2006 at 11:00 A.M. at First Baptist Church in
Parsons. Bro. Mark Mangrum will officiate and interment will
follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Parsons Mortuary is in charge
retired band director, died Monday morning, November 13 at Decatur
County General Hospital.
Mr. Harris was
born in Lexington, TN. He graduated from Lexington High School and
enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He served four years as a Staff
Sergeant and had a year tour in Germany. After his discharge, he
entered the University of Memphis, and continued his education
until he had 45 hours above his Masters Degree.
He began his
teaching career at Parsons High School, later teaching at
Riverside High and Lexington High School. He retired in 1992 and
was able to spend his time traveling, fishing, hunting and raising
his prized miniature beagles. He was a member of First Baptist
Church and played trumpet in the First Baptist church Brass. He
was a member of the VFW and the Jacks Creek Beagle Club.
Mr. Harris leaves
to cherish his memory his wife, Peggy; also his brother, Willie
Gray (Kay) of Rolla, MO; his sisters, Mary Elizabeth Johnson of
Elwood, IL and Rosa Nell Garner (Danny) of Lexington; his
children, Mike Harris of Finger, TN, Jim Harris (Theda) and Lynda
Myracle (Kenny) all of Jackson; and five grandchildren, Aaron and
Casey Harris, Carly, Kelly and Jacob Myracle. He also leaves a
host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in
death by his parents, Walter and Willie Murren Harris and a
brother, William Lawton Harris.