Bill Harris

August 16, 1949July 14, 2019

Pitt “Bill” B. Harris Jr., passed away on July 14, 2019 at his home in Chattanooga, TN surrounded by his family.

Bill was born in Chicago, IL on August 16, 1949 to the late Pitt B. Harris, Sr. and Elizabeth Anne Harris (Seibert).

After graduating from Mt. De Sales High School in Macon, GA, Bill attended Furman University and West Georgia College before opting for a career in industrial construction.

Bill leaves behind his wife of 32 years, Melba Smothers; children, Shannon Conlee (Brian), Stephanie Root (John), Keith Harris (Erin) and Marc Baker; sisters, Elizabeth Harris Pope and Barbara Harris Morgan; grandchildren, Sarah Tyndall, Tillie and Ella Root, Riley and Madi Baker; several cousins and nieces and many friends.

Bill’s passions in life were his family, music, and the great outdoors. His favorite times were those that combined all three on his annual family camping trip which included three generations of Harris’s. “Daddy Bill” enjoyed many years camping and trout fishing in the mountains of North Georgia. He also passed his love of music on to his children and grandchildren and they attended many concerts together as a family. He will be greatly missed by all.

A liver transplant in 2014 gave Bill five more years with his loved ones. Please consider becoming an organ donor or contributing to the Georgia Transplant Foundation.

A Celebration of Life will be held on August 17, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the home of Jim and Carol Boyd, 889 Burwell Rd., Carrollton, GA 30117.

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Arrangements are under the care of Chattanooga Funeral Home North Chapel, 5401 Highway 153 Hixson, TN 37343.


  • A Celebration of Life Service Saturday, August 17, 2019


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Mary Hassmann Edwards

August 11, 2019

I have many fond memories of times spent at the Harris’s home while Bill and Barbara were classmates at Mt. de Sales High School. Bill ‘s smile lit up the room when he entered and his sense of humor was infectious. My heartfelt condolences go out to his wife, Melba, his sister, Barbara, his children and grandchildren.
Mary Hassmann Edwards, MDS Class of ‘68

Linda (Ward) Wynn

August 10, 2019

So sorry to hear about the loss of my friend Bill Harris, Bill always made me smile when he was around. We had some great times together with him and his family. God bless him! He will be greatly missed by all!
Linda Wynn

John D. Cassidy

August 10, 2019

Bill was a good friend. I have many fond memories of times spent together, especially at the family home in Country Club. We stayed in touch through the years and always seemed to have good conversations when we talked. Melba, you certainly took loving care of him and I know he appreciated that and never took it for granted. My condolences to you, Melba, Barbara, and the entire family. May he rest in peace.
John D.