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Zechar Bailey Funeral Home

1499 N Broadway PO Box 337, Greenville, OH

OBITUARY

Thomas L. Harris Sr.

February 12, 1942June 7, 2020
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Thomas L. Harris, Sr. age 78, of Middletown passed away at 6:50 AM on Sunday, June 7, 2020, at his residence. Thomas was born February 12, 1942, in Greenville to the late Harold N. “Newt” & Betty (Leas) Harris. In addition to his parents, Thomas was also preceded in death by his 1st wife, Vicki Jo (Brandon) Harris whom he married July 1, 1961. Thomas is survived by his 2nd wife, Kay M. (Grimes Goecke) Harris whom he married April 18, 1986; daughter, Tracy (Harris) & Bruce Roach of Greenwood, Indiana; son, Thomas L. & Stephanie Harris, Jr. of Covington, Ohio; step-children, James Goecke of Farmersville, Ohio, Robert & Linda Goecke of New Lebanon, Ohio, Amy Goecke of Miamisburg, Ohio, Jennifer (Goecke) & Patrick Boston of Cape Coral, Florida and Molly Goecke of Greenbrae, California; 18 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and a brother, William F. Harris of Greenville, Ohio. Thomas graduated from Greenville High School in 1960. He served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War and was very proud of the time he served. Thomas retired from Trans World Airlines where he was a ramp serviceman. Thomas was an avid car enthusiast and 4-H youth shooting instructor. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, June 12, 2020, at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor Dale Boeger officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Ft. Jefferson with full military honors conducted by the Greenville Veteran’s Honor Guard. The family will receive friends on Friday from 12:00 to 2:00 PM at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Greenville Veteran’s Honor Guard.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, June 12, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, June 12, 2020

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Tom Bohler

June 17, 2020

Anyone from the class of 1960 that knew or hung with Tom will have great stories. He always seemed to have enough time to talk to you and listen whether you had question, comment or just small talk. Tom was the FONZ before there ever was one

Tom Bohler

Nancy Livingston

June 11, 2020

Tom was a very special cousin. I can remember babysitting for Tom and Vicky‘s kids when I was a young teenager and after I had my own family I always enjoyed visiting with both of them in the house on Martin Street. Tom was always close to the family even after Vicky had passed. I can remember when he would drive up to Greenville to visit. One of my most recent memories with Tom was Five years ago, about a year after my husband Dennis passed. He drove all the way up from his home in Middletown to my house near Fort recovery and spent probably three hours chatting with me on the patio. He had brought along with him some family pictures and a Lease Family tree book. He was a dear soul and I know he will be missed greatly by his children and wife. Rest in peace cousin Tom

Marty Hall

June 11, 2020

When I first met Tom Jr. I was treated like a brother and when I met Tom Sr. and Vickie, I was treated like a son. The whole time growing up I knew when I came threw there door I had a brother, a sister and a mom and dad. Every time I came threw that door was a favorite Memory. It was a sanctuary, you walked threw the door and your troubles was left outside . While you were there, you totally forgot about your problems. You recharged your life batteries so when you went out the door you could take life on again. My house is run like Tom Sr ran his, Its a sanctuary for all who enter. Heaven has just got one of it's best mentors and soldiers.

Marilyn J. Lease-Fritz

June 11, 2020

Remembering you Bill , & Brother Tom, attending the Wakefield Meeting at Garst Museum, and we shared with our Leis-Leas- Lease family research. It was such a memorable day.
"God Bless all of you, and May Tom rest in peace."
Marilyn J. Lease-Fritz - Greenville Senior High classmate "1963"


RuthElaine Eley-Martz

June 10, 2020

Tom and Bill were our closest cousins. We had lots of good times growing up and even after moving away we visited . He will be missed but plan to see him in heaven some day. Then we will really have lots of time to enjoy all the family and friends that have gone before. Love you Tom, Homer and Elaine and all your kin out west.

Linda Hunt

June 10, 2020

Prayers of comfort for all Bill so sorry for your loss

KAREN NEALEIGH

June 8, 2020

We were in the same class, and in those days I would never have dreamed that someday our sons would become best friends. Quite a coincident. We spent a lot of time laughing at and being proud of our boys. He will truly be missed by a lot of people. Rest in peace, Tom

Karen and Ted Nealeigh


Sheryll Hedger

June 8, 2020

Tom sold me my first car which was a 57 Chevy. That was back in 1977 and I still have that car! I saw him at the Annie Oakley Festival a couple years ago and had a nice afternoon reminiscing about old times. We belonged to the Treaty City Street Rods and we all had old cars. Most of them were in primer, but it didn’t matter! We took trips to Gatlinburg and many other places and even though our vehicle’s didn’t look the best we always had the best times! It took me many years but, the 57 is not in primer and I’m so glad Tom got to see it finished. Thinking of all of you❤️

Linda Arnold Wolfard

June 8, 2020

Thomas Harris was such a good person and we will miss him and his saying Hey twins good to see you guys!!
We graduated with him in 1960 and have many great times with him.. Prayers are for the family.
Tom you will be missed so much..
Love, Karen Karn and Linda Wolfard (Arnold)

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