GALVESTON - Fletcher W. Harris, Jr., WWII hero, community watchdog, and favored son of Galveston, surrounded by family, went to join the Lord on Father’s Day, June 21, 2009- a truly appropriate day for him to join our Heavenly Father.
Fletcher W. Harris
Carnes Brothers Funeral Home
Services will be held Friday, June 26 in Galveston, at 10:00 am at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home, 1201 Tremont St, Galveston, Tx, 77550. 409-765-8080 with Rev. Ray Meador officiating. Graveside services will follow at Galveston Memorial Park, Hitchcock, Tx. Visitation is scheduled for Thursday evening, June 25 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm, also to be held at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home.
BOI on July 27, 1923, Fletcher attended Castle Heights Military Academy in Tennessee, class of 1941, then the University of Tennessee, where he was President of the Sigma Chi fraternity prior to entering the Army. He was also a member of Mensa.
Fletcher served as a 2nd Lt. in the 115th Inf. Reg, 2nd Btn., Co. B, 29th Infantry Division. D-Day +2 landed him on Omaha Beach, Normandy, France where he subsequently engaged in fierce fighting resulting in the liberation of St. Lo. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, European-African-Mid-Eastern Campaign Medal- w/2 bronze stars, and the WWII Victory Medal. A unit citation of the French Croix de Guerre was also awarded. On July 11, 1944, he lost his right hand to a German hand grenade and was subsequently transported back to the United States where he underwent rehabilitation at McCloskey General Hospital in Temple, Texas.
Soon after the war, Fletcher returned to Galveston and began work as a draftsman for Union Carbide. He would eventually move into the insurance & real estate business, owned by his Father.
Fletcher was extremely civic minded and active in the community he loved so much. His family has a rich history in Galveston. His Grandfather, William Mercer Harris was the First Baptist Church minister during the 1900 Storm. Additionally, Fletcher’s Uncle, Brantley Harris served as Mayor. Fletcher was a reserve police officer, two term city councilman, emergency operations director for the city, civil defense coordinator, Red Cross chapter director, and all around “civic busy-body”- a title he proudly bestowed upon himself in later years. He was also an active member in Lions Club & Rotary.
More recently, Fletcher was involved in a labor of love by actively & aggressively campaigning for the issuance of a Purple Heart postage stamp to commemorate & honor all those who were wounded in battle. The first issuance of that stamp came in 2003 and remains in circulation to this day.
Fletcher is preceded in death by his Mother, Thelma Longfellow Harris, Father, Fletcher Harris, Sr.
Fletcher is survived by daughter Vivianne and son-in-law Jack Harris-Bonham of Austin, TX, daughter Laura and son-in-law George Klein of Palm Beach, Fl, son David Harris and daughter-in-law Monica of Carrollton, Tx. Grandchildren, Paul Wunderlick, Stephanie Strangis, Rita Harris, and Andrew Harris. Great-Grandchild, Savanah Nell Strangis.
The family would like to express its heart felt thanks to the staff at Atria Assisted Listing in Carrollton, Tx, his personal sitter & caregiver, Lisa Andrews, and those at Century Hospice, for selflessly tending to his needs and assuring he was comfortable in his remaining days.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests your consideration for donations to the Galveston Historical Foundation, The National WWII Memorial Foundation, The WWII Museum, and/or the charity of your choice.
Friends may sign the register book and send the family condolences at www.CarnesBrothers.com/contactus. Please include the Harris name.
In December 2007, Galveston Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas presented a proclamation to Fletcher. Listen RealPlayer MP3
Harris, who was surprised by the presentation, said it was the best Christmas present he ever received. Listen RealPlayer MP3