James Martin Harris Jr.

June 18, 1934February 17, 2018

James Martin Harris Jr. 83, a lifelong resident of Chattanooga passed away on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at his home after a lengthy illness. He was born on June 18, 1934 to the late James Martin Harris Sr. and Emma Brown Harris. Martin was a member of the former Brainerd Church of Christ and was a former Elder of Tyner Church of Christ. He had served on the board of directors for Boyd Buchanan School and the Christian Student Center at UTC. Martin was in the insurance business and retired several years ago. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Ruth Ann Cox Harris, daughters, Margaret (Rodney) Plunket of Germantown, TN, Martha (Guy) Patterson of Franklin, TN, Beth (John) Harris Adamick of Knoxville, TN, 4 grandchildren, Callie (Vince) Plunket Brewton, Chad (Lindsey) Plunket, Reid (Amanda) Patterson, Erin (Carter) Ivey, 6 great-grandchildren, Merrie Margaret, Alec, and Patrick Brewton, Logan and Sawyer Plunket, and Adalyn Patterson, brother Richard (Margaret) Harris, sister, Dorothy Haldiman, several nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be at 11:00 am Tuesday, February 20, 2018 in the funeral home chapel with Dr. Rodney Plunket and Minister John Cupp officiating. Interment will follow the service at Hamilton Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 4:00 until 7:00 pm Monday at the funeral home. Martin and his family would like to thank his caregivers, Christy, James, Kay and Phil for their care over the past several years. Please share your memories of Martin with the family at Arrangements are by East Brainerd Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 8214 E. Brainerd Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37421.



  • Visitation Monday, February 19, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, February 20, 2018


  • Interment

James Martin Harris Jr.

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Angela Barrington

February 20, 2018


I am so sorry for your loss. I know you have shared with me how strong your dad's faith was; what a comfort now to know where he is and whose he is. I know that this brings you comfort at this sad time.

I wish I was there to just give you a hug; know that Kevin and I are thinking of you and wishing we could have been there. I am so glad that you have John to lean on.

You know that you and John, and Margaret and Rodney are in our hearts forever; you all hold a special, special place. Our thoughts and prayers for God's grace and mercy are with you and your family now and in the weeks ahead.

We love you,

Angie and Kevin Barrington

Tammy Hamby Hamby

February 19, 2018

Beth and John and family my thoughts and prayers are surrounding you I pray for Gods comfort love and peace during this difficult time

Johnny Cox

February 19, 2018

Martin will always be remembered for his stories and sense of humor, Ruth, Margret, Martha and Beth, I will not be able to be with you at this time, as I have a house full of contractors, and no shower, just know that I love you all, I always look forward to seeing you face to face, Martin is in a better place now no more pain and suffering, stay strong in the LORD all else will take care of itself Johnny

Dana Patterson Drake

February 19, 2018

Martin and Ruth have raised three amazing, beautiful, and talented women. The love expressed in this family comes from a strong bond of caring deeply for one another and their faith in the Lord. I know he is extremely proud of his legacy. May he rest in peace for a job well done.

Bob Kerszulis

February 18, 2018

Martin was one of the first member of the family I met when I married his niece, Deidre. He was gracious and welcoming (and eager to introduce me to all things southern). Always enjoyed visiting with him and hearing his many stories.