Owen Funeral Home


Douglas (Doug) Eugene Harris

April 9, 1938January 25, 2021

Douglas Eugene (Doug) Harris, 82, of Cartersville, Georgia, passed away Monday, January 25, 2021 in a Rome hospital. Doug was born April 9, 1938 in Taylorsville, Georgia son of the late Dub and B Harris. He graduated High School in Bartow County; attended Mercer University, Georgia Southern and West Georgia College. He was an Interim Pastor serving many churches in the area and retired from the School System after many years of service. Doug enjoyed coaching, riding horses, loved his family and Loved his Lord. He is preceded in death by a son, Ronn Harris; mother & father, Dub and B Harris; brother, Winfield Harris; granddaughter, Kiara Harris. Doug is survived by his wife Gayle Harris; three sons, Jeffery & Traci Harris, Kevin & Desiree Harris, Craig & Wendy Harris; daughters-in-law, Lolli & Rhonda Harris; sisters, June Rikard (Mark), Gay Nobles (Gary); grandchildren, Jacy & Wilson, Nathan, Phoenix, Aubriann, Liliana, Keira, Lily, Jones, Dayln, Darien, Maddy, Clare, Lukas; great-grandchildren, Kohen, Nora and Grey; several nieces and nephews also survive. The family will receive friends on Friday, January 29, 2021 from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. at Taylorsville Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Taylorsville Cemetery with Rev. Loy Ballard officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be Ritchie Harris, Dustin Rikard, Jerron Rikard, Rogie Pritchard, Adam Elder and Ryan Malone. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Playground Equipment at Atco Baptist Church. Please visit to leave condolences for the family and sign the online guest register. Owen Funeral Home, 12 Collins Drive, Cartersville, GA 30120, is honored to serve the family of Douglas Eugene (Doug) Harris.


  • Visitation

    Friday, January 29, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, January 29, 2021


Douglas (Doug) Eugene Harris

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Christina Watts

January 31, 2021

Gayle, so sorry to read of your loss. Please know I will be praying for you and your family for peace and comfort.

Steve Knott

January 29, 2021

I don’t know that anyone’s death broke my heart like when Ronn died. He was one of my very best friends ever. The first time that I had an opportunity to talk to Doug after Ronn’s death was at the visitation for Harold Bearden. I told Doug that I had read a letter that Robert E. Lee had written to his wife after the death of Stonewall Jackson in which he said that he could think of his friend or mention his name without weeping aloud. I told Doug that’s how I felt about Ronn. He hugged me and told me that he loved me. I know that throughout his life as an educator and pastor he touched many people’s lives, but in that private moment, he truly touched mine. Wow, what an incredible man. What an incredible example he set and lived. I am so thankful that I was able to share that moment with such a man. I believe and hope that the people we love welcome us into heaven when it is our time. I think of Ronn welcoming Doug home and what a glorious event that was a few days ago. I have been working out of the state and I am so sorry that I was not able to be there. It’s called paying respect to someone, and believe me, I wish I could have been there in person. Y’all are all in my heart.

Vivian Townsend

January 29, 2021

I have a lots of memories of Mr Harris as the principal at Emerson but the one that means the most is when I heard him preach for the first time . He had became a wonderful friend to my grandmother ,Mary Bell Fowler,her wish was for him to preach at her funeral. I started attending church when I could when he was at Glade Road.He was a wonderful preacher,he have a way of explaining the gospel! You really understood the lesson of day. My prayers go out to his family. Praise the Lord he has gone home!

Beth Archer

January 29, 2021

Not only was Doug my Principal at Cartersville Elementary, he was my pastor at Gilmer Street /Grace Baptist & he was the dad of one of my childhood best friends. I’ve been blessed by his prayers, guidance & wise words that still linger. I loved those school days beginning with his morning prayer over the intercom, his warm smile & high fives in the hallways & feeling special because he was my preacher too! I was sent to his office only once, for getting in a fist fight in 2nd grade. I rolled up in there with my opponent, my face bruising, a tooth in my hand & buckets of tears. He made both of us see how dumb it was to hit each other & prayed for & hugged us. He waited until I was out of his office before he paddled that boy for hitting a girl. Thinking back on it, I deserved to be paddled too, but I did lose a tooth so I guess we came out even. Lol. I remember Doug & Gayle at our basketball games, 7th-12th grade. I think he stood & paced more than he sat while watching Kevin. Habit from coaching I guess.
I can’t remember a big moment in my family’s lives without Doug at the center. He’s married us, baptized our kids, & preached the funerals of our loved ones. He & Gayle have waited with our family as we anticipated the arrivals of our babies & prayed over us as we held our newborns, still shaking from delivering. Many of you also know how much those prayers meant in those moments!
I’ve made many cakes for Doug over the years or brought him slices occasionally. He preferred Gayle not know if he got some slices, as he wanted them for himself. Lol. Chocolate velvet was his favorite & I loved his excitement over scoring a piece!
I will miss most Doug’s prayers spoken with that warm voice. I’ll keep with me the words from his sermons, his sound advice & encouragement. I love you Harris family! My heart breaks with & for you. Mrs. Gayle, I think a chocolate cake is in order to make up for the pieces you never got. I’ll get one to you soon! ♥️ Praying for y’all!

Raiford Cantrell

January 29, 2021

On Monday, God welcomed Doug Harris into Heaven with the words “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” Doug loved and lived well as citizen, educator, Christian pastor, husband, father, grandfather, friend and neighbor. I was blessed to be acquainted with and serve with Doug during several decades of his life. Praying for Gayle and the entire Harris family. Raiford Cantrell, Ellijay, GA

Harold T Barnett

January 29, 2021

My heartfelt condolences to the Family. Doug was an excellent educator and administrator in the Cartersville School System. He cared deeply for the well-being of his staff, teachers and students, doing whatever he could to improve their lives. While he will be greatly missed, his handiworks will last for generations to come.

Danny Campbell

January 29, 2021



Ray Wright

January 28, 2021

Doug was my minister and a great friend for many years. He visited me many times in the hospital when he could hardly get around himself. A great friend of my Mom and Dad until their deaths. He was a true man of God and a servant to his community. He will be sorely missed.

Victoria Peters

January 28, 2021

Pastor Doug was a dear friend and a loving pastor. He did the funerals for Eddie’s Mom and Dad, with Gayle and him accompanying us to Indiana twice. He also did Mother’s funeral in Knoxville Tn, even driving the bus to take her Sunday School class. If ever a man heard “well done my good and faithful servant” it had to be Doug Harris. He was our hero of the faith
Eddie and Victoria Peters

Ruth Wisebram

January 28, 2021

Always had a smile and ready to listen to our dear memories He will be missed our deepest sympathy goes to the Family