Richard "Catfish" Thomas Harris

September 1, 1926November 19, 2018

Richard (Catfish) T. Harris of Ooltewah, TN went to his rest on November 19, 2018. He was born on September 1, 1926 in Decatur, TN. He was a faithful member of East Brainerd Church of Christ. He was retired from Dupont. He was a board member for the Dupont Credit Union. He was a veteran of the United States Navy during WWII and an active member of American Legion Post 40, Ringgold, GA. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother and his beloved grandson, Richard Hughes. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Margaret Langston Harris, two daughters, Wanda (Randall) Hughes, Lynda (J.R.) Kilgore and one granddaughter, two grandsons, six great grandchildren and three great, great grandchildren as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his sister, Dorothy Holdiman. He will always be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to so many. He never met a stranger, and always had a story to tell. He loved the Lord and his church and was a “strong” Democrat. Daddy’s way of talking about dying was “When I take the ‘big trip.’” Now he is on his way. He finished the race, a wonderful example of love and faith. Funeral services will be at 12:00 pm Monday, November 26, 2018 in the funeral home chapel with Minister John Cupp officiating. Interment will follow the service at the Chattanooga National Cemetery with Military Honors. Family will receive friends on Monday from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm at the funeral home. Please share your memories of Richard with the family at Arrangements are by the East Brainerd Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 8214 E. Brainerd Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37421.


  • Funeral Service Monday, November 26, 2018
  • Visitation Monday, November 26, 2018
  • Interment Monday, November 26, 2018

Richard "Catfish" Thomas Harris

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Becky Kincaid (Whigham)

November 26, 2018

So sorry to learn of Richard’s passing. I have many fond memories of growing up in East Brainerd with such wonderful family friends. Margie, Wanda and Lynda you are in my prayers. With love, Becky

Frank and Sue ford

November 26, 2018

Richard will be greatly missed, He was always willing to help anyone who needed him. He had a lot wit and was fun to be around.

Thomas Viall

November 24, 2018

He taught me how to shave, how to tie double Windsor, how to enjoy the moment, and how to drive. He taught me to love people, to be loyal, to have faith, and most of all he displayed the kind of man that I strive to be every day. We were cold creek swimmers, clogged toilet fixers, deck builders, blues singers, biscuit demolishers, more than father and son, we were friends. I love you Poppaw and I will miss you! - ole Tom

Brenda Edwards

November 23, 2018

Catfish was always so good and kind to us credit union employees. He always put a smile on our faces when he would stop by. We appreciated how he treated the staff with kindness and respect. He was very special to us all and will be greatly missed! Love and blessings to the family.

Chaplain John Brinsfield

November 21, 2018

Mr. Richard Harris, aka "Catfish," was one of the most loyal and dedicated men I have met in recent memory . He was loyal to his family, his church, his community, and his country. Whenever I spoke with him at the American Legion Post 40, he always greeted me, and many others, with a smile. He shared some of his WWII experiences as a very young sailor, and enjoyed the company of his fellow veterans. He was a youthful WWII hero and, in maturity, a kind, approachable gentleman. He will be missed by our Post and will not be forgotten by any who knew him. We take comfort in his steadfast Christian faith, for we know that by his faith he was not only saved, but he encouraged many others as well. You can rest now, Mr. Harris, for others who followed your example have your watch. The ships are safe. For God and Country, Chaplain John Brinsfield, American Legion Post 40.

John Adamick

November 21, 2018

Gail Schild

November 21, 2018

Our precious Richard was definitely considered a member of the Leeper and Taylor families.
He always showed up to help when anything needed to be done, and always had words of wisdom to help solve any problem.
Both he and Margie were/ are true examples of what being a Christian is all about.
They raised two great daughters, Wanda and Lynda, that my sister and I had good times with while growing up. They are examples of the wonderful parents that made sure to teach them that God always comes first, family second, and friends third. Very few people did not become friends !
We already miss knowing that Richard is not here, but would never wish that he leave that perfect place that he spent his whole life looking forward to. Heaven was his ultimate goal, and he ran the race and finished the course that God set for him.
We will try to keep his memory alive by folowing his example of Christian husband, father, and friend.
We will continue to love him and all of his family.
Margie, we pray that you feel a special peace, comfort and strength from our Heavenly Father. We will try to do anything we can to help you.
Just remember how much you are all loved....♡
-----Mike and Gail Taylor Schild

Rick May

November 21, 2018

I only knew Richard for a few years. He would always refer to me as “teacher” because I taught school for living and that was appreciated. I truly never saw Richard at worship without a coat and tie. That reminded me of my grandfather. Richard was the real bible type Christian and I will miss his humor. God’s speed my brother!!

Bill Honeycutt

November 20, 2018

Catfish was a great man. He never met a stranger, made everyone he met feel better about things after he chatted with them and made the world a better place. We will miss him very much. Goodby "Cat" , it was an honor to be one of your friends.