Richard Norfleet Harris III

August 10, 1952April 25, 2021

Richard Norfleet Harris was born on August 10, 1952 and passed away on April 25, 2021 and is under the care of Sylvan Abbey - Funeral Home.

Memorial Service will be held on May 15, 2021 at 2:00 pm at Calvary Church Clearwater, 110 N McMullen Booth Rd., Clearwater, Florida. Committal Service will be held on May 15, 2021 at 3:15 pm at Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park, 2860 Sunset Point Rd., Clearwater, Florida. Celebration of Life will be held on May 15, 2021 at 3:30 pm at Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, 2853 Sunset Point Rd., Clearwater, Florida.

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15 May

Memorial Service

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Calvary Church Clearwater

110 N McMullen Booth Rd.
Clearwater, Florida 33759

15 May

Committal Service

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park

2860 Sunset Point Rd.
Clearwater, Florida 33759

15 May

Celebration of Life

3:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home

2853 Sunset Point Rd.
Clearwater, Florida 33759


Richard Norfleet Harris III

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Jeff Rawson

May 6, 2021

I met Bama when he started at CPD in 1980. I had begun working there in 1979, and I have to say he was one of the funniest, most audacious people that I had ever met. He always made you laugh out loud, and he was the life of the party! I worked with him and for him in Vice & Narcotics, where I must say, he was at the top of his game...every day! We worked hard and we played hard. To say that Bama made coming to work fun is an understatement. Richard truly was legendary at CPD (AKA: "Bama Land"), and he left a mark on the police department that will live on in infamy! It truly is hard to imagine life without Bama in it, as he was certainly larger than life. Fair winds and following seas, my friend. I can honestly say that you will never be forgotten, Bama. Rest in peace...

Kaysen Hollin

May 2, 2021

Papa was an amazing and intelligent person. He never failed to make me smile and laugh with his jokes or stories he would tell us. I will always remember the memories we have together and especially the times we had when we lived with you through the pandemic. Even though us living with him and Mimi was under unfortunate circumstances it was some of the best times and I will always remember them. My papa (Bama) was someone you never forget and I will definitely not forget everything he has done for me. He was an a great man and a great grandpa and I will forever miss him.

Roberto felici

May 1, 2021


Maggie Jewett

April 29, 2021

Know always that Bama was loved and respected by his peers, and that he will truly be missed, but his lessons and his legacy will carry on for years to come. He was a great cop and a friend to us all. I know you have many wonderful memories and pray they bring you comfort at this time. Our love to you all...

John Fellenbaum

April 28, 2021

You will be missed brother.

Liza Beebe

April 28, 2021

To Kathi, Suzanne, and entire family, Wishing you peace to bring you comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.

I was blessed to work with Bama for over 2 decades but most of all we were friends . We shared the same love of cars, he taught me all about his "Bama" toys and how to build our police cars. The Bama way... I will miss his great sense of humor, his ability to make people laugh and most of all his friendship.

Don Yuna

April 27, 2021

Started at Pinellas SO shortly after Bama started with Clearwater Pd. I'm from Georgia, so I often had to act as a interpreter for our Northern brothers who didn't speak " Southern." First met Bama at the Weaver Park FOP. Spent many nights there and it was not uncommon to see the sunrise the next day. Bama was blessed with such a good personality that he could often make you laugh with a cop's cynical humor that few outside of the job would understand. One of the good guys that will leave a lasting impression on anybody that had the pleasure of being around him. Will miss you Bama.

Glenn Luben

April 27, 2021

Bama may have passed, but he will never be forgotten

Bama was one of the best LEO/Supervisor/Friend to so many, anyone that met him has a story to tell

Man could he make us all laugh with his unique voice and style, which helped us all to cope with the many challenges faced daily as a LEO in Tampa Bay

A true loss to our community, our LE agencies, and fellow LEO's

Pat and Allen Klein

April 26, 2021

Kathi, Children and Family , know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers at this time and always. Richard was the best, his laughter, smile, stories and antics will live on in the hearts of all of us that loved him. He will always be with you, He will walk beside you always, be behind you when you need a nudge forward and in front of you to catch you if you stumble. Your Forever Guardian Angel. With Much Love and Respect we are here for each of you.